Born in Halifax, Tamara grew up between the Nova Scotian communities of Cole Harbour, East Preston, and Upper Hammonds Plains. Tamara has lived on the Island since 1999 when she began studies in music at the University of Prince Edward Island. After graduating from UPEI, she subsequently began and maintained a long-term career as an arts administrator at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.
Tamara has spent the last 20+ years watching the population of Charlottetown grow and observing the concurrent growing need for community supports. This led her to the role of President of the Board of Directors for the grass roots organization, Black Cultural Society of Prince Edward Island (BCSPEI), in 2019. Since beginning her work with BCSPEI, Tamara has developed a passion for community engagement and for building up and advocating for PEI’s Black community. Under her leadership, BCSPEI has not only raised its local profile, but has developed a profile both regionally, and nationally. On behalf of BCSPEI, Tamara co-organized and led the Black Lives Matter March in Charlottetown – the largest protest rally in PEI history; wrote and submitted a petition to the PEI government requesting an extensive legislation review through a racially focused lens; and, has secured not-for-profit status, office space, and multi-year operational funding for the organization. Her work with BCSPEI led Tamara to be named by Chatelaine as one of “33 Black Canadians Making Change Now” in the magazine’s September 2020 issue.
Tamara has recently made the transition to Executive Director of BCSPEI and is excited to be able to devote her full-time attention to the organization’s work. She also currently serves as a board member for the Island Fringe Festival, Women’s Network PEI, Music PEI, and is the Board Chair for Art in the Open, Charlottetown’s annual, outdoor, public art festival.