Umashanie Reddy was born and raised in South Africa and immigrated to Canada in 2005. She is a recognized community leader with strong advocacy and communication skills and a combination of expertise, wisdom and strategic foresight that spans over 2 countries, 3 decades and across multiple sectors and diasporas. Umashanie holds a Bachelors’ of Arts, Bachelors’ in Library Science (cum laude), Honours in Information Science (summa cum laude) and a Masters in Library and Information Science (with distinction). She practised as a faculty librarian at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal and the University of Calgary and as Diversity Services Manager at the Calgary Public Library before coming over to CBFY. Umashanie is the recipient of many awards some include: The Calgary Public Library Dragon’s Den Recipient, The Immigrants of Distinction: Hadassah Ksienski Distinguished Service Award; The RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award, The Graduate of the Last Decade Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee).