2019-2020 Board of Directors + Staff
The Board of Directors are the governing body of OPIRG Brock. Board members are elected at the Annual General Meeting or appointed through an internal process during the year.
Staff members at OPIRG Brock are ex-officio members of the Board of Directors and are unionized with CUPE 1281.
Bhonita Singh (she/her)
My name is Bhonita Singh and I am a third-year undergraduate student at Brock. I use the pronouns she/her and I am of Indo-Caribbean background. I am extremely proud of my membership in the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities as well. I would like to be on the BOD for OPIRG because I am passionate about doing anything I can to facilitate change in the communities I am a part of, whether that’s the BIPOC , LGBTQ+ or the general St. Catharines community. I believe OPIRG is the perfect platform to do social justice work on a larger scale. I think I am suited for this position because I bring a perspective to the table that is often different from the norm. The perspective of a racialized first generation Canadian woman that also identifies as part of the LBGTQ+ community. I have a strong sociological understanding of society and its institutions which I’m sure will prove to be fruitful while sitting on the board.
I have been involved with Scouts Canada for over 7 years now, acting as the Area Youth Commissioner for the Humber West region in the Greater Toronto Council for 2 years. Scouts Canada is an organization dedicated to environmental justice among many other things such as molding a well-rounded citizen through youth-led programming. Social Justice is also extremely important to me.
I have also volunteered at Distress Centre Niagara, working on the suicide & crisis prevention line, the mental health & addictions access line as well as Ontario Text-N-Chat. Distress Centre Niagara is committed to providing support to individuals in distress or crisis, and education to the Niagara community which assists people in taking ownership of personal choices and managing their lives in a fulfilling way.
Patrick is old, has too many children, and is a cynical anarchist. His main interests include anti-capitalism via direct action and mutual aid, harm reduction, anti-poverty and tenant advocacy, and starting more projects and books than he has the capacity for. And changing diapers, wiping noses, and giving shoulder rides.
Kate Spiegel (she/her)
Kate Spiegel has been on the OPIRG Brock Board of Directors since January 2020 and has been a member of the Brock and Niagara communities since moving here from Pennsylvania in 2014. After completing her BA at Brock in sociology with a minor in labour studies and a concentration in critical animal studies, she is now a grad student at Brock researching climate change organizations in Canada. Kate is also involved with Niagara Reproductive Justice and Extinction Rebellion Niagara.
Daniela Calderon (she/her)
My name is Daniela Calderon, i’m an international student at Brock University and part of the executive team for Brock Pride.
Kerry Duncan (they/them)
Kerry Duncan is a community-educated queer family caregiver and activist, with an academic background. Kerry is a white settler who grew up on the traditional lands of the Saugeen First Nation, lived many years on unceded and unsurrended Algonquin territory, and is now based on the shared territory of the Haudenosaunne, Anishinaabe, Huron-Wendat, and Neutral peoples. Prior to moving to St. Catharines, they worked with uOttawa students’ union, OPIRG-Ottawa, and CUPE Local 4943. In Niagara, Kerry is most well known for working at Mahtay Cafe and OPIRG Brock, as well as an occasional contributor to The Sound.