The Hoyo Working Group, also known as the Hoyo Collective, is an Edmonton based Somali mothers group who came together with the intention to create a collective support group for mothers with common barriers and diverse talents to address their barriers through education, innovation, and capacity building.
Like all of the victims of the Quebec mosque shooting, Mamadou Barry's death not only impacted his family-leaving behind a widow, two young orphans, and his recently widowed mother who had just come to live with her son in Quebec City- it crushed the dream of access to clean drinking water for his village in the West African country of Guinea.
Barry was raising funds to install a 100-meter-deep well in his village, located outside of Labe, Guinea's second-largest city.
Abdirahman Abdi was a 37 year old Somali-Canadian with mental health issues. He lived in Ottawa’s Hintonburg community at 55 Hilda Street. On July 24th 2016, following an incident at a local coffee shop where police were called, Abdirahman began running home for safety.
Somali Canadian author Fartumo Kusow has spent much of 2018 traveling across Canada, the United States, with stops in the UK and Somalia, speaking about her first English-language novel "A Tale of a Boon's Wife", published by Second Story Press.