Susan Belyea - Director
I joined the Ban Righ Centre as Director in March 2019. A long and winding road brought me to my position here. I worked as a glass artist and entrepreneur at Fireworks Glass Studio, and in the not-for-profit sector as the founding director of Loving Spoonful. I teach university courses in food security. In 2018, I completed my PhD as a mature student in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s, researching food insecurity in Canada and Cuba. It was during this time that I became a big fan of the Ban Righ Centre. I wrote a good portion of my dissertation here, enjoyed countless bowls of soup, and engaged with a community of mature women students I wouldn’t have found otherwise. In addition to my academic and work history, I bring to this position my experience as a food justice and anti-poverty activist, my love of travel, and my commitment to building a just and peaceful world for all who share this planet.
Lisa Webb - Student Advisor/Program Planner
I have been a student advisor at the Ban Righ Centre since 2001 and am inspired by the multitude of incredibly determined, smart, strong women I have met here. I went back to school to do a Social Work degree and then a Masters in Policy Studies as a mature student so have some first-hand experience of what it is like to return to school later in life. I live on beautiful Wolfe Island with my partner, our dogs, cats, sheep and chickens, and I love cycling to work every day! I enjoy talking with students through challenges towards solutions and if my door is open, I am usually available…no appointment necessary.
Gamila Abdalla - Student Advisor
I have been a part-time student advisor at the Ban Righ Centre since 2002. I have a degree in Economics and Social Studies and a post-graduate degree in Planning and Development Studies. I obtained my third degree as a mature student in Gender Studies at Queen’s University. I immigrated to Canada from Sudan. I have travelled and visited many other countries, which helped me gain a solid perspective in cross-cultural student advising and support. Please drop in - no appointment necessary.
Nikisha Grant Ridley - BRC Assistant
In 2007 I received an advanced diploma in Biotechnology and have previously worked at the School of Environmental Studies as a Laboratory Technician here at Queen’s. After years of working in retail and customer service and having 2 children, I went back to school in 2018 and received my diploma in Business Accounting. I joined the Ban Righ Centre as the Centre Assistant in 2018, and being a mature student myself, I felt right at home. Outside of work, I enjoy spending my time with my husband and 3 children.