Celeste is a multimedia creative, writing chameleon, and community leader from Toronto who is highly invested in cultivating opportunities for equity-deserving communities to flourish.
As a marketing and finance graduate, Celeste's personal and professional work has revolved around advancing economic and social opportunities for BIPOC youth. She has spent the last decade in a number of community-building capacities – from leading programs for newcomers to Canada, to planning civic engagement events, to supporting business owners in Haiti and Subsaharan Africa.
Taking the stage at WE Day 2017 in front of 20,000 youth, Celeste shared the story of her charity, Sacraspice, and the importance of food as a means of healing––speaking alongside changemakers like Prince Harry, Kelly Clarkson and Vanessa Hudgens.
As a journalist whose bylines have been featured on platforms like EARMILK, SHIFTER Magazine, and ByBlacks.com, Celeste is dedicated to telling stories with authenticity and credibility that shine a light on the unique strengths and histories of the Black diaspora. Celeste has consistently supported local gems in the music scene while also shining a light on rising international acts through exclusive interviews, like triple-threat Trevor Jackson, gospel singer Dante Bowe, UK soul wonder Ama Lou, the multi-talented nephew of Michael Jackson: Jaafar Jackson, and Motown artist Asiahn.
Celeste’s lens has captured a diverse range of figures across society––from rappers Common and Drake to President Barack Obama. Her photojournalistic work has been reposted by musicians like H.E.R., Snoh Aalegra and Jorja Smith. She's also led creative music marketing campaigns for artists like Arab-American pop singer ABIR, Ottawa community leader and rapper City Fidelia, and Toronto R&B and Soul duo TR.PP.
Her multimedia work focuses on the not-for-profit and local music scene in Toronto and clients include McMaster University, Toronto Metropolitan University, Canderel, Ecojustice Canada, ADVANCE Music Canada, and influencer Shannon Boodram.
Celeste continues her love for storytelling from an equity-based lens as the Community Partnerships & Engagement Communications Officer at the University of Toronto Scarborough.