From 2006 to 2010, Tamara Hansen served as an elected Executive Committee Member of the Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC), an umbrella group of 25 Cuba solidarity organizations in Canada. From 2008 to 2010 she was also Co-chair of the network, the Coordinator of the Ernesto Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade and the first Co-editor of "North of Havana", the newsletter of the CNC.
Today, Tamara is the Coordinator of Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba, and the author of a book and many research articles about the island. She has traveled to Cuba 13 times since 2005. Seven of those trips have been with the annual Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade, a group of volunteers from across Canada who travel to Cuba to work on various projects from painting schools damaged by hurricanes to creating urban organic gardens. Tamara’s slide show from her trips will be peppered with stories about volunteering alongside Cubans and her observations about this unique and beautiful people and their island.
Tamara Hansen was born in Burnaby, British Columbia and studied at Simon Fraser University. When not volunteering, Tamara is a secondary school Teacher in West Vancouver.