Chanda Chandalala

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Citizenship, Immigration, Black History/African Heritage, Racism/Discrimination, Human Rights & Social Justice, Identity & Heritage, Adjusting to Life in Canada, Refugee Experiences


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Chanda Chandalala was born and raised in Zambia and immigrated to Toronto, in 2000. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Toronto and later went on to complete a post-graduate diploma in Social Service Work at George Brown College. She is a Registered Social Service Worker by profession who works as a Crisis Support Worker at Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Toronto.

She expresses her creativity on her personal blog:

In the fall 2014, she was one of the few writers selected to attend the Humber School For Writers Workshop where she was mentored by the award winning writer Karen Connelly. That same year, she was one of a few writers selected to attend a workshop with award winning writer Lawrence Hill.

Her blog post, 'Citizen and Stranger' on the experience of immigrating was published in the February 2015 issue of the Canadian Immigrant Magazine.

Her essay on the Black Lives Matter Movement from a Black Canadian perspective was published in the online magazine For Harriet in September 2015.

She is working on her first novel.