UMD Appoints Montreal Representative

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Aleksandra Nasteska as UMD Canada’s first Regional Representative for Montreal. 

“As the second largest city in Canada, it is only natural that UMD Canada expand its operations to the Montreal region,” said UMD Board Member and Canadian Operations Director Jim Daikos.  “Aleksandra joins the UMD Canada team at a crucial time for our community, and I am confident she will help enhance Canada-Macedonia relations, as well as help give our community in Montreal a voice.” 
 
“I am so honored to take up this new role in UMD Canada,” said Nasteska.  “UMD is a respected organization in Canada and worldwide.  I look forward to advancing the Macedonian cause and serving the needs of the Canadian-Macedonian community.”
 
Aleksandra Nasteska was born and raised in Skopje, the Republic of Macedonia, where she first became outspoken in the women’s rights movement at 14 years old, participating in UN-organized public panels on the status of women and girls in Macedonia and the Balkan region.
 
She began honing her strategic planning and public relations skills while working as a correspondent and assistant producer for youth culture shows at national television networks, and creative associate in world-renowned advertising agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann Erickson, and Ogilvy & Mather.
 
Some of her recent engagements include: co-founder and communications director of the nation-wide sustainability campaign for Earth Summit 2012, We Canada; founder of the startup Vancouver Heartbeat, a multi­media project that explored local culture with focus on social and environmental change; member of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Youth Steering Committee for the International Children and Youth Conference Tunza 2011; and headline speaker in 12 universities on the Canada-wide tour Dialogues and Action for Earth Summit 2012.During this tour Aleksandra was the opening speaker for Dr. David Suzuki, Jeanne Sauvé executive director Désiée McGraw, and international author and activist Severn Cullis-Suzuki.
 
To learn more about Aleksandra, please visit her blog at http://www.iamaleksandra.com 
 
Founded in 2008, the United Macedonian Diaspora (Canada) is a registered Canadian charity, addressing the interests and needs of the Canadian-Macedonian community.