KWIC Staff


Julie Cosgrove

I met KWIC after moving to Peterborough at the One World Dinner and joined a year later in 2003 as the Program Coordinator. What I enjoy most in my work is connecting with and learning from so many amazing, passionate people, of all ages! I am grateful to have been embraced by this community that raised up my son Kieran, and which continues to be such an important part of our life here.

I completed my Honours B.A. at Waterloo University (Co-op Program), a B.ED. at York University and the Community-based International Development Program, specializing in Participatory Approaches to Development at the COADY International Institute at St. Xavier University.

As the executive director of KWIC, my work is informed by 30+ years working in community-based education and other projects in Canada and overseas, the importance of community collaborations, and joy in facilitating welcoming, inclusive spaces to learn from diverse perspectives and lived experiences. When not at KWIC, I am a volunteer mediator with Peterborough Community Mediation, cycling, cooking, or curled up reading something delicious.[C1] 

If you have an idea or project you’d to explore with KWIC, I’d love to hear from you at





Shaelyn Wabegijig

Aaniin Boozhoo, hello and greetings to the KWIC | Peterborough community! My name is Shaelyn Wabegijig, (she/her/kwe) and as of April, 2020, I’m the Program and Outreach Coordinator for KWIC. 

Until March 2021, I was also coordinator for the partnership project with GreenUP: Advancing the SDGs 2030 Agenda in Nogojiwanong | Peterborough.

My family is Algonquin from Timiskaming First Nation, Caribou Clan, also Irish and German, and I grew up in Rama First Nation. I graduated from Trent University with a BAH in Indigenous Studies and Philosophy. I joined KWIC’s Board of Directors in September, 2017, and resigned in April, 2020, from my position as the Board Secretary. I have volunteered in many capacities for KWIC during and after my studies. Working with KWIC to host incredible events and initiatives has connected me to so many amazing people, has made me fee like I belong and helped me grow strong roots in this community. KWIC has taught me that what I do ripples out and can make a huge impact! 

Miigwetch | thank you KWIC and everyone in the community. I look forward to connecting further! 

You can reach me via email at






Hi everyone! My name is Erin (she/her) and I am the Program Coordinator of Teach Outside the Box (TEACH). As an educator who has a passion for social justice, anti-oppression, and experiential education, I am honoured to engage with pre-service teachers and community educators in TEACH. I am a graduate of Trent's M.A. in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, and the Trent-Queens Concurrent Education program. Alongside coordinating TEACH, I have been working as a Course Instructor in the Trent School of Education, and as a high school supply teacher in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough. My other passions involve playing volleyball, creating music, painting, and exploring the outdoors! If you want to learn more about the TEACH Program, e-mail





Hi folx! I'm Czarina (she/her) and I am working with KWIC as the Communications Lead. I'm currently at Trent University studying Environmental Resource Studies and International Development Studies. Before moving to Nogojiwanong | Peterborough in 2018 to study at Trent, I attended Ryerson University for Business Management and worked full-time in the GTA as a designer and corporate events coordinator. I am passionate about cross-cultural traditional healing and I serve the community as a certified Reiki practitioner and Ayurvedic Yoga teacher. I continue to support several decolonization working groups with the Filipinx diaspora in kinship with pan-American, cross-cultural black and brown communities towards social justice and cultural liberation. I started working with KWIC in November 2019 for the student position as the Communications Lead and I am happy to be back again this summer!

If you have any questions, comments, resources or feedback for KWIC, please feel free to connect with me at




Hi Everyone, My name is Margaret and I am excited to be working at KWIC as a Program Facilitator this summer. I am passionate about engaging youth and students in the wider community. My interests include climate change, food security and health. Prior to joining KWIC, I worked at several NGOs in both US and Canada. I hold an MSc in Environmental Management from the University of Liverpool and an MSc in Public Health specializing in Environmental Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling and exploring new places. 
If you have any questions, you can reach me at




Hello! My name is Jocelyn Whalen (she/her) and I am the Resource Facilitator with KWIC. I am currently studying in the Bachelor of Education program at Trent University. I have a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Environmental & Resource Science and Studies from Trent University, and an Environmental Technician Diploma and Environmental Technology Graduate Diploma from Fleming College. I have worked with various non-profit organizations across the country which focus on the environment & sustainability, food security and water conservation.



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