Zondra “Pricelys” Roy, who also goes by “Zoey,” is an activist, spoken word poet, emcee, community-based educator and social entrepreneur. With roots stemming from Stony Rapids and Cormorant Lake, Manitoba, Zoey grew up in rural, remote, and urban regions all over Canada.
Zoey has been working closely with various organizations and youth from across Canada and around the world. She has received high recognition for her innovative approaches in addressing social issues through positive movements and education. Zoey founded Rock the Vote in Saskatchewan, which turned into a Canadian movement during the 2011 Federal Election and mobilized disenfranchised populations and increased informed decision makers in marginalized communities. Zoey is a social entrepreneur specializing in community engagement through the arts – she does this through poetry, film, projects, and events and through public art. Her greatest passion is building social infrastructure with youth in community and believes the arts is an inclusive way to make that happen. She believes art brings community together by eliminating barriers of the “isms” and building bridges of understanding where healthy relationships can be fostered. She is a Canadian Heritage Success Story for 2012, a recipient for the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, recipient for the 2013 YWCA Women of Distinction Award, recipient for the 2013 National Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award for the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and the 2016 Metis Youth Award recipient for Indspire. Zoey attends the University of Saskatchewan in the SUNTEP program pursuing a Bachelor of Education which will be completed Spring 2017. Working with and for youth is where Zoey’s heart lies. Her goal is to inspire people to become educated but recognizes inequalities exist and she will continue to take an educational approach through her work and support young people to become leaders.
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