Curriculum Vitae


PERSONAL PROFILE 

Born and residing on the traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation ‘Odawa’ (colonially referred to as Ottawa) Ashley was raised in several territories across Turtle Island (Colonially referred to as North America), and is herself a mix of colonizer (English, French, Irish, German, Austrian), Bonnechere Algonquin First Nation and Mi’kmaq.

Ashley is an advocate for ‘Ending Child Exploitation: Supporting Alternatives to the Usage of Children in Armed Conflict, Servitude and Indoctrination’ or otherwise affected by genocide, globalization and colonization. Additionally Ms Grenstone seeks to complicate the narrative of the ‘child soldier’ by illuminating the intersections of Gender, Sexuality, Race and Trauma.

As a Designer and Professional Artist the works of Ashley Grenstone have shown in group exhibitions across Turtle Island. With 10+ years experience in freelance design contracts and diversity consultations Ashley has a roster of clients (Ex: The Canadian Under 25 National Rifle Team) and formative, leadership experience in roles that include Project Leader, Event Host, Workshop facilitation and public speaking.


EDUCATION
Masters in Human Systems Intervention – Concordia University, Paused

Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights – Carleton University, June 2017

Bachelor Fine Arts in Design – NSCAD University (3/4 years complete)

High School Diploma – St. Peters Catholic High School, June 2009


EMPLOYMENT

Human Systems & Design Consultant
Solutions for organizations who value humane frameworks without loosing that ‘competitive edge‘, Contract Basis; Fall 2020 – Current

Small Business Owner
Graphic Designer, Professional Artist; Summer 2015 – Summer 2020; Winter 2021 – Current

Teaching Assistant
Undergrad Course: ‘Interpersonal Communication and Relationships’, Concordia University – Fall 2020

Gender Equity Toolkit Coordinator
Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, Carleton University; February – March 2020

Indigenous Recruitment Officer
Centre for Indigenous Initiatives, Carleton University; Aug – Dec 2019

Project Leader (Logistics)
Northern Youth Abroad; June – Aug 2019

Membership Sales and Services
YMCA YWCA Canada; Jan 2019 – June 2019

Front Store Supervisor
ToysRus; Oct 2018 – Jan 2019

Deli Food Prep
Sobeys; Feb 2018 – Oct 2018 – Work Leave (Surgery) June – Sept 2018

Concierge / Security Guard
Iron Horse Security and Investigations, Ottawa: Feb 2016 – Aug 2016

Mentor/Role Model – High School Students
Urban Alternative Aboriginal High School Program, Ottawa: Sept 2014 – June 2015

Mentor/Role Model – University Students
Carleton University / Centre for initiatives in Education, Ottawa: Sept 2013 – June 2014

Seasonal Sales Rep
Party City Fall 2013

Cashier/Baker
Tim Hortons, Fall River, NS: Nov 2011 – April 2012

Deli Assistant
Costoc Wholesale, Dartmouth, NS: June 2010 – Sept 2011

Cashier/Gardener
Farmer Clems, Fall River, NS: Summer 2009

Seafood Dep. Assistant
Sobeys, Ottawa: Sept 2008 – June 2009

Front End Grocery Clerk
Save On Foods, Edmonton, AB: Sept 2006 – June 2007

Freelance Design Highlights

  • Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan, Design Recorder; Regina SK: March 2021
  • Students For Consent Culture, N/A; Victoria, BC: February 2021 – Current
  • Northern Youth Abroad, N/A; Ottawa, ON: December 2020 – Current
  • Centre for Initiatives in Education, Carleton U, Agenda; Ottawa ON: Sept 2020
  • Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, Gender Equity Toolkit Coordinator; Ottawa, ON: Feb-March 2020
  • Sweat Lodge Ceremony, Miinwaashin Lodge, Poster; Ottawa, ON: May 2018
  • CUPE 1281, Poster; Ottawa: 2018
  • Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre, Mural painting; Ottawa, ON: Fall 2016 – Spring 2017
  • Dominion of Canada Rifle Association ‘Canadian Under 25 Rifle Team’, Apparel; Ottawa, ON: Fall 2015 – Spring 2016
  • Indigenous Policy and Administration, Masters Program, Carleton University, Marketing; Ottawa, ON: Fall 2014 – Spring 2015
  • Cadets Core/2332 Maj E.J.G. Holland VC, Apparel; Ott, ON: May 2014
  • Indigenous Enriched Support Program, Carleton University, Logo; Ottawa, ON: Fall 2013 – Spring 2013

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
Ottawa Arts Council
April 2021 – Present

Mural Routes
February 2019 – Present

Kind Space
June 2015 – Present; Served on Board of Directors June 2017 – 2018

Word Warriors Society
September 2013 – April 2014, Financial Director


RALLYS, MEMORIALS and PROTESTS
Speaker – Trans Day of Remembrance
Human Rights Memorial; Ottawa; Nov 2018

Speaker – Protest/Demonstration
National Gallery of Canada; Ottawa; Feb 2017

Organizer – Rally for Bill C-16 on Trans Rights
Parliament Hill; Ottawa; April 2016


RESEARCH
UnderGrad
– ‘Why it might sometimes be necessary to end the life of a child soldier’; First year essay, 2012;
– ‘Why the culpability of a child soldier does not validate the use of torture and/or execution by the state’; 2014
– ‘Better Access to Food and Nutrition for Malains in the Segou Region: An examination of MDG #1 Through the lens of a Case Study Analysis on Project ‘IFONS’; 2015
– ‘REDD Washed Green: An Analytical Response To “REDD ALERT!: How REDD+ Projects Undermine Peasen Farming and Real Solutions to Climate Change” ‘; 2016

Employment
– Congress of Aboriginal Peoples: WAGE Equity Toolkit; NDA on description until publicly available; 2020

Current
Trans Histories (Ottawa, ON; Gatineau, QB; Odawa, Turtle Island);
Transgender/Nin-binary Local Bios
Traditional Annishnawbe Knowledge

Future
– “ How does gender and Sexual identity develop for children involved in armed conflict?“


TEACHING
Graphic Design, Volunteer Tutor
1 on 1 Tutoring: 2014 – Present

Organizer/Facilitator, Workshop on Trans Rights for Teaching Assistants
Carleton University Student Association (CUSA): Sept 2018

Mentor /Role-Model, University and High School Students
Carleton University, Urban Alternative Aboriginal High School Program: 2013-2015


ADMINISTRATION
– Systems Filing; Computer Assistance Software (Legend); Budget Reporting; Reporting ‘Outstanding Balances’ debts; Reviewing Resumes;
– Microsoft Office; Adobe Creative Cloud; Slack; Google Drive; Miro web application;
– Public Speaking; Event Organizing; Program Creation and Development;
– Customer Service; Empathetic Listening Skills; Liaison Communications;
– Decolonization frameworks and Practices; Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism training;
– Writing Professional Organization Recommendations (Awarded to the ‘Student Alliance for Mental Health‘) ; Writing Grant Proposals; Writing Job Recommendations;


QUALIFICATIONS
– Bilingual English/French First Language

– Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) (Livingworks Education USA; License 1EN27); Jan 2018

– SafeTALK Certificate (Livingworks education USA; October 29th 2019)

– Emergency First Aid, CPR/AED Level A (Canadian Red Cross; License 61529137; Feb 2016)


POSITIONS OF RESPONSIBILITY

Project Leader (Logistics) – Northern Youth Abroad; June – Aug 2019
– Responsible for the health and safety of Program Participants 24/7 over the 6.5 week period; Organizing and facilitating schedules, meals and activities; Role-Model/Mentorship;

Student Representative: Centre for Initiatives in Education – Carleton University Student Government; 2 terms – 2014, 2015
– Liaison between students and administration; attending department meetings; striking committee;

Co-Organizer, Fall Student Orientation – Centre for Initiatives in Education; April – Sept 2015
– Monthly Meetings; Task-setting; Teamwork; Presentation;


PUBLICATIONS
Transphoria
Novel, Publish Date: TBA 2019 (Delayed to 2022)

Two-Spirit People All Across Turtle Island
Article, PornHub Sexual Wellness Centre, Published: March 22/2019


PRESENTATIONS & WORKSHOPS
Workshop Facilitator
Ottawa Comic-Con, May 2019

Workshop Facilitator
Trans Identities, GSA Carleton, June & September 2018

Speaker – Trans Mental Health
Student Alliance for Mental Health (SAMH); Nov 2016

Workshop Participant
Trans Digital Storytelling Workshop, York University, Toronto, ON Canada, June 2016


CONFERENCES and CONVENTIONS
2-Spirit Delegate
2nd Wind Forum, 2SiM Foundation; TO, ON: Jan 2020

Consultant
Game Developers Conference ’19, San Francisco, CA United States, March 2019

Attendee
University of Ottawa Human Rights Conference, Ottawa, ON Canada, January 2018


GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS
Finalist in the ‘Solidarity Art Space’ Contest 2020
$250 award and art show at the Massy Art Society’s gallery on Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh territories (Vancouver, BC) in 2021

Sponsorship to attend the Two-Spirits in Motion ‘2nd Wind Forum’
Forum, travel, and accommodations covered, 2SiM Foundation; TO, ON: Jan 2020

Scholarship to attend Game Developers Conference ‘19
$1700 Conference and Summit Ticket; Dames Making Games; November 2018

‘Tontine’ Award
$1000 Micro-grant; Boursies Tontine Awards Foundation; June 2018


FILM
1 Contrary 5 Agokwe-Nini’

Documentary • 43 min • Directed by Howard Adler and Carmel Whittle • Jun 2019

A talk-show style documentary film hosted discussing gender, sexuality, Indigenous identity, traditional two-spirit roles, terminology, accessing ceremony and more!


GROUP ART EXHIBITIONS

TBA Group Exhibition, Contest Finalist with Solidarity Art Space, To be located at Massey Books, Vancouver, BC: May 2021– July 2021;

To Be Continued: Troubling the Queer Archive by Cara Tierney and Anna Shah Hoque, Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) Ottawa 2020 – May 2021;


‘RAW Ottawa: Ovation’, Ottawa, 2018;


Queer Landscapes Queer Intersections: An Art Exhibition exploring LGBTQ Social Issues + Identities from an Intersectional Perspective, John B Aird Gallery, Toronto, 2017;


4th Annual Community Exhibition, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, 2014;


Annual Community Exhibition, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, 2008;