Prior to her tenure as editor of a community newspaper, Basya was director of a community foundation, and worked for a New York City-based organization dedicated to building collaborative relationships between national ethnic lay organizations and communities around the United States. Basya has an interdisciplinary degree with a focus on identity issues in the African diaspora, and attended NYU to study humanities and social thought. With strong interests in public health, ethics, religious traditions, art, literature, music, animal conservation, public policy and equality rights, she also loves to spend time with family and friends, read, and enjoy Vancouver’s natural surroundings.