Natalie Abdou joined the Coady Institute in July 2008 as the Youth Programs Coordinator and is now working as an Associate with the Education Programs in the implementation and on-going develoment of a youth certificate, Skills for Social Change. As the Youth Programs Coordinator from 2008-2011 she coordinated overseas internship opportunites for young Canadian graduates, facilitated interactive learning opportunities for Nova Scotian youth and engaged in social justice exchanges in the community of Antigonish. In being inspired by the Coady Institute’s approach to learning, Natalie is now in the midst of pursuing her Master of Adult Education at the Ontario Institue for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, while working as a Theatre Practitioner and Facilitator with Branch Out Theatre, applying popular theater techniques for social justice education.
Natalie came to the Coady Institute with a diversity of experience working with youth both locally and abroad. These experiences include using theatre to engage youth in a career development program at Dufferin Mall Youth Services, an internship with Mines Action Canada conducting mine risk education sessions with the Yemen Mine Awareness Association and working as a consultant and researcher with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines in both Yemen and Jordan.
Natalie holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sociology from Queen’s University and a business diploma in International Project Management from Humber College.