Afua (Ava Pamela) Cooper, educator, historian, performance artist, poet (born 8 November 1957 in the Whithorn district of Westmoreland, Jamaica), is considered one of the most influential and pioneering voices in the Canadian dub poetry and spoken word movement. Her poems are published in numerous regional, national and international journals and anthologies. Afua Cooper also has CDs of her performances that make her work well known to the global community. In addition to her renown as a performance artist, she is an internationally-ranked historian. She has taught Caribbean cultural studies, history, women's studies and Black studies at Ryerson and York universities, at the University of Toronto and at Dalhousie University.
Arla Saare, picture editor (born in Finland 1915). Arla Saare came to Canada in 1924 with her family. She started out as a medical photographer in a hospital in Vancouver. In 1942 she joined the National Film Board of Canada as a cutter and later worked in the optical and special effects department.