Comedian, union activist and award-winning digital media strategist Shelina Merani uses stand-up to empower and educate by deconstructing stereotypes and building bridges.

Merani has performed for unions and organizations in Canada and the U.S., including the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), the Union of Taxation Employees (UTE) and the Canadian Association of Labour Media (CALM). She has appeared onstage for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), the World Youth and Student Travel conference and the Winnipeg and Halifax comedy festivals. She was also a finalist in the recent summer comedy competitions at Yuk Yuk’s and Absolute Comedy in Ottawa.

Merani spoke with Our Times about her life, her work and her journey to comedy and union activism.

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