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Leo Campos Aldunez

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For the past 10 years or so I have been mainly self-employed and/or contracts. During my long career in Canada as an adult educator/community animator, I have been a translator, project consultant/leader, volunteer coordinator, communications freelancer, PR & media Rep., radio host (CJSR-Shaw Cable), and have worked and/or volunteered with social, educational, arts & cultural groups, small businesses/non- profit societies in Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and since 1986, Alberta.

My educational background is in media, arts, and adult education; I have taught & facilitated volunteer leadership /capacity building and media workshops/seminars for the Edmonton Literacy Learning Centre, Edmonton Immigrant Services Association, Edmonton Inner City Housing Society, Las Americas Housing Co-operative Ltd, The Edmonton Immigrant Men Support Network Society and The Community Networks Group.

I also spent a few years in community outreach with Edmonton Tools for Peace Society, the Edmonton Immigrant Services Association, Just Christmas Fair Trade Marketplace, capacity/organizational development with Las Americas Housing Co-operative Ltd., and have been employed as a conference coordinator for the Council of Canadians, volunteered as a board member for the International Marketplace Initiative, Action for Healthy Communities, and have translated for the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board, and immigrant serving agencies.

As a former provincial advisor for the Alberta Association for Community Living (People First) I was privileged to work for & with people with developmental disabilities; I also held the post of assistant regional director (and Team Leader) at Canada World Youth Prairies, and was field-staff in Nepal & Pakistan respectively. Most recently, I was project leader (Health & Wellness for Immigrant Men Project) for the Edmonton Immigrant Men Support Network Society.

In my work with media, I have worked as a communications consultant, social marketing strategist, documentary producer/narrator, fundraiser for various organizations, including The Learning Network & the Alberta Teachers’ Association, Grant McEwan Community College, Our Voice Magazine, Lorna Thomas Productions and Creative Control Inc. and Edmonton Poetry Festival. In the 90’s I formed/co- lead for 7 years a successful folk-roots band “Sticks & Stones.”

Since the spring of 2000 – and following the launch of my home-based consulting endeavour, I have been contracted numerous times to facilitate/assist in organizational capacity building, evaluations, feasibility/resource research, and social marketing. In 2008 while being the Executive Coordinator of the Edmonton Immigrant Men Support Network Society I produced a 75 min. documentary entitled, MACHOS: Journeys of Self Discovery with Immigrant Men – see www.eimsns.ca for details.

I am presently working on my first book of bilingual poetry (English/Spanish) which should be ready for publishing in the fall/winter of 2013 and doing some (preliminary) work on a new documentary about immigrant men focusing on the often challenging relationship between fathers and sons. Last, but not least, I am also the proud papa of two wonderful young adults, both in college; daughter Sara Isabel at Concordia University & son Hector Valentin at NAIT respectively. Looking forward to being of service.