Aspiring photographer uses photos to change perceptions of her community

Aspiring photographer uses photos to change perceptions of her community

March 21, 2018


​An aspiring nurse and 2017 Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship winner, Edel Kite says her true passion is photography. 

A night time shot of the Toronto skyline.
An image of the Toronto skyline with fall leaves in the background.
An image of the Toronto skyline taken from at a shoreline.

“Photography has allowed me to capture the moments in my own life that I don’t want to forget,” said Edel. “I want to create positive awareness of what Driftwood is all about, and help stop the stigma surrounding my community.

aerial shot of the Driftwood community in the winter time.

Above: An aerial shot of the Driftwood community in the winter time.

Growing up in the Driftwood community, she constantly challenged the views of the public and media. To change the narrative of her community, she posts community photos on social media and participates in community initiatives.  

She is involved in programs at her community centre, was a member of If I Ruled T.O.’s steering committee and the Modern Batik program. During a Modern Batik exhibition at TCHC headquarters, Edel co-wrote and co-delivered the speech in fighting against stigma, inspiring the executive leadership team. 


“For many years Edel has been fighting to give her community a good name,” said Luis Mejicano, Community Services Coordinator. “Growing up in the community, a lot of things happen and people living in this community get judged, but she has been consistent to fight against the stigma.”

Edel posted a video on her Instagram account in 2017 that showcased her community. That video has captured the attention of many people.  

“A lot of people think that my community is not visually appealing, but once they saw the video, they were surprised,” said Edel.

Edel continues to advocate for the needs of her community while working toward getting her photos showcased in galleries. 

“There are people who are doing great things in our community, and I want to showcase all of the positive things this community and the people who live here have to offer,” said Edel. “This is my home, and we should all make it our responsibility to make it the best community it can be.”

Edel is currently attending Seneca for nursing. One day she hopes to create a documentary that tells the story of what it like to live in her community.

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