Yamari Martin-Halsall at #BAM2017

The BAM Story

BAM was created for Casa - Pueblito in Summer 2017 with our Canada Summer Jobs Student Team Member Yamari Martin-Halsall.  Stemming from our organization's Voices for Change program in 2015 - 2017, the BAM project is part of our organization's ongoing passion to bring together voices in the Latinx Community that can express issues and themes that are key young people of Latin American heritage.


 Left to right: Yamari Martin-Halsall, Nuria Jimenez, Maria Fritsch, Jessica Hazen

Left to right: Yamari Martin-Halsall, Nuria Jimenez, Maria Fritsch, Jessica Hazen

As BAM continues to grow over the summer we welcome volunteers to join the project and have fun either leading an activity or helping others with volunteer roles that match your interest and available time. We have a ton of fun and believe in the philosophy "the more the merrier".  Listed below are the members of our current BAM Team.

Yamari Martin-Halsall  Born and raised in Toronto as the daughter of Afro-Indigenous Nicaraguan parents who escaped the Nicaraguan Civil war; and having lived in Costa Rica and gone back and forth to Nicaragua, she became interested in Social Justice and Latin American issues after exploring more in-depth injustices committed against the Miskito Indigenous and Creole Communities of Nicaragua and witnessing first-hand its intergenerational traumatic effect on her family. Yamari is a recent Hispanic Studies and Spanish/English Translation graduate from York University-Glendon College. 

Nuria Jimenez volunteers for Casa-Pueblito in 2018 as a graphic designer for publications in addition to her role with #BAM2018. She is very motivated as a volunteer with Casa – Pueblito as an organization that works for social justice and compassion across borders. She loves to ospend time with her children (15 and 11 eleven years old). Favorite poem “Defense of joy” by Mario Benedetti. Favorite quote “Don´t be afraid to start over, it´s a brand new opportunity to rebuild what you truly want.

Maria Fritsch Maria is one of the newest additions to the Casa-Pueblito Team! She is our Coordinator of Events and Communications and she is very excited to be on-board in time for BAM 2018!  A lover of culture, Maria will be connecting with organizations and individuals in the Latinx Community to engage emerging artists this year.

Jessica Hazen has been generating support and resources for more than 15 years for a wide variety of creative projects including the Hillside Community Festival, Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival and GameChangers Video Game Design Project for Gender Equity.  Happy as a "back-stager", Jessica's greatest passion is to create the space and resources needed for people to produce their creative vision.