Kanaar is an astute, compassionate and competent young professional with comprehensive experience designing and facilitating programming, as well as workshops, that support learning & development. He is skilled in working with underserved youth and communities, non-profit organisations, public health and educational initiatives to generate better social-emotional wellbeing.
Influential leader with excellent communication, coaching and mentorship skills, motivating others toward common goals and achieving positive outcomes in mental health. Skilled in cross-cultural respect and reconciliation practices using restorative communication to build bridges between people and communities based on shared understanding.
Facilitation Creative Writing Project Management Client-focused
Analytical Thinking Event Planning Relationship Building Community Outreach
January 2020 - Present
Responsible for aligning marketing and company initiatives, activities, and scheduling, to deliver successful results to clients. Assisting with website builds, on-going maintenance, and newsletters for a variety of clients.
May 2019 - December 2019
Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development
Design, develop, and deliver active learning consultation experiences for youth and adults looking to innovate, create and execute their own business plans and strategies.
May 2017 - May 2019
Heartwood Centre for Community Youth Development
In charge of overseeing all internal and external communications for Heartwood—ensuring our brand message is consistent and engaging. Main duties include preparing detailed media reports, press releases, website messaging, social media messaging, program facilitation. This role was inclusive of ensuring policies and procedures were in place for engagement practices and business development.
Saint Mary's University
Varsity Student Athlete, Saint Mary's University, 2014-2018
Jane Shaw Law Scholarship; awarded to a student taking an active interest in the arts, outside school walls.
Alumni Leadership Award, 2015
High Five Coaching, 2016
A.S.S.I.S.T, Living Works Education, 2016
Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence, Avalon Sexual Assault Centre, 2018
Jane Shaw Law Scholarship Award, 2018
Instructional Skills, AWENS, 2019
The Student Mental Health Initiative: Board Member (2019 - Present)
Infinitus Academy – mentor, coach, curriculum coordinator
Student Athlete Mental Health Initiative – executive team lead
Special Olympics NS – event emcee, audience: 500+
Peaceful Schools International – peace educator
FANFIT – event organizer, audience: 300+
Hire Me Halifax Pitch Competition 2nd Place Winner
Minister's Entrepreneurship Award of Excellence – event emcee, audience: 150+
Family S.O.S Courage to Give Back Awards – panel moderator, audience: 500+
Headstrong Mental Health Summit – keynote speaker, audience 80+ students.