Jestinne Punzalan

Communications Coordinator

Jestinne (she/her) is a Filipinx youth who is a settler on Kwantlen, Katzie, Semiahmoo, and Tsawwassen First Nations unceded lands. She is a Registered Social Worker and graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Victoria. She is currently employed in the healthcare field. Outside of social work, Jestinne is also involved in many volunteer based projects. She is a co-creator of Shades of Sustainability, a community project that centers BIPOC communities in the environmental movement through storytelling and dialogue. She is a member of Sulong UBC’s education committee and help organize our educational sessions. She is also a member of this beautiful group, Sliced Mango Collective, as the communications coordinator!

Jestinne wanted to join Sliced Mango Collective because she wanted to be a part of a space where she can continue to explore my culture and community. As an immigrant youth who is a part of the Filipino diaspora, she found herself separated and uneducated about Filipino history and current political and social events occurring back home. She wanted to not only learn and re-learn her culture, but to also be a part of that change to create more spaces for other Filipino youth to learn and explore their community and culture.