WHAT THEY SAID...
Amara Community Youth Association (ACYA) is a black-led youth-focused Not for Profit Organization that provides skills gap training and mentorship to marginalized youths. The organization was still in its traction stage with not enough supportive board members and no volunteer support. As an ED, I was really lost and trying to navigate the different aspects of business operations. I enjoyed my session with Cristal very much. She was very knowledgeable about the right operational strategy to get things moving in the right direction. I enjoyed her presentation style, materials, and the common-sense nature of what she talked about. I look forward to working with her again.
"We are so lucky to have had Cristal"
Cristal presented a powerful time management workshop to students at Ryerson University for Ryerson Women in Leadership's Be Your Own CEO Conference. As students, we were riveted, reflective and inspired to become better at managing our time & taking action. Cristal presented a variety of ideas such as being "booked not busy" and setting 3 priorities for the week to set yourself up for success. We are so lucky have had Cristal lead a workshop for us & hope to work with her again in the near future!
"Cristal was very kind as she provided consultation"
Maham Khan & Nya Martin-Hemming
Ryerson Women in Leadership (RWIL)
The Ryerson Women in Leadership (RWIL) team invited Cristal Hines as a panelist for the “Intersections in Women” event. Cristal was very kind as she provided consultation to help us create informed panel questions. She suggested that the event should focus on the pay equity gap amongst black women, reimagining the landscape for Indigenous women and lack of opportunities for black women in the workplace. We incorporated these suggestions, which improved the quality of the panel questions. It was a pleasure working with Cristal!
"...she was simply magic. Her delivery was exemplary."
Co-Founder of Decor Sisters & Owner of Mateos Munchies
I have had the pleasure of witnessing Cristal Hines mature into the phenomenal woman she is today. From observing her leadership roles and valedictorian performance in high school to admiring the passion and dedication she later carries out in her work today. Knowing the exceptional leader that she is, I felt eager and trusting to reach out to Ms Cristal Hines to be the guest speaker for a Mother's Day Event I organized. The mission of the event was in hopes of uplifting and encouraging young mothers in our community. From the moment Cristal opened the stage she was simply magic. Her delivery was exemplary. She performed a highly focused presentation that had everyone in awe . True learning took place and the audience left feeling excited and motivated from her useful takeaways . My experience working with Cristal even leading up to the event was just amazing and her passion truly shows in her work. She came prepared, exceeded expectations and left an impact. I definitely look forward to working with her for future events and witnessing more of her great energy.
President at Ryerson Caribbean Student Association
Cristal Hines is an extremely talented young lady and the Caribbean Students Association at Ryerson has been privileged to have had her participate in some of our events. Over the past two years, Cristal has been enthusiastic about volunteering herself to participate in our annual panel discussion/talent showcase events. Our themes have covered mental health in the black community and cultural appropriation and she was able to use these themes to create and recite beautiful and touching poetry. Her poetry is incredible and really helped drive home the message we were trying to convey. Cristal’s talent is inspirational and has touched the audience and the executives on the Caribbean Students Association team. She is a gifted young female with impeccable articulation and evokes strong leadership skills. Her confidence, reliability and willingness to be involved and share her gifts makes her stand out above the rest and we look forward to having her in our future events.
"Outstanding and conscientious"
Dr. Leroy Clarke
Executive Chair for E-Camp Mentoring!
I have had the pleasure of knowing Cristal Hines in the capacity of a mentor and community advocate coach for over five years and have seen her grow both academically and sociocultural. Apart from being an outstanding and conscientious student academically, Cristal has demonstrated excellent leadership skills since high school. She is a critical thinker who is respectful, socially engaged in her lived and school community, hardworking and honest individual who is already making a significant difference to her local wider community. I think very highly of Cristal who presented and led out at several of my community events. She is an outstanding speaker, indeed, orator extraordinaire who brings chills and silence to any audience she engages. All round, beyond the shadow of a doubt, she is a 5 out of 5 in my book!
"...one of the best workshops that I have attended"
Project Coordinator, Kujenga Wellness Project
Cristal did a workshop with our organization on June 3rd, 2021 on supporting Black youth and analyzing barriers for Black youth mental health within the education sector, criminal justice system, and employment sector. I honestly have to say it was one of the best and most well-put-together workshops that I have attended since being with this organization. Cristal has a comprehensive knowledge of holistic practices to support Black youth and the history of anti-Black racism and systemic oppression in Canada. Her engagement with our audience was phenomenal and her spoken word was absolutely incredible. I would definitely welcome Cristal back to facilitate workshops on supporting Black youth and their families in the future, and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a workshop facilitator on supporting Black youth.
"Cristal showed great adaptability and genuine interest"
Nikki Brianne Samonte
The Retail Students’ Association had the privilege to have Cristal Hines conduct a workshop around Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for our event - “OMNI 2021: Ted Rogers Retail Conference.” From our initial meeting, Cristal showed great adaptability and genuine interest and excitement towards our event. Despite the time constraints and limited resources, Cristal was not only able to design a condensed workshop that perfectly aligned with our conference’s theme, goals and objectives, but she also took it a step further by incorporating the history of capitalism and topics surrounding anti-oppression. During the workshop, she was actively engaged with the students and made the workshop as interactive as possible even in a virtual setting. From her exceptional delivery to her knowledge and clear passion, the RSA was so delighted that Cristal was able to motivate and inspire the delegates to push for change within our society and the workplace. Cristal is an exceptional leader and speaker. Any organization would be lucky to have her at their event, regardless of the platform.
"She taught us the importance of word choice and presentation"
Lincoln Alexander Estridge
Founder of The Fight Inside Society Non-For Profit
We were a group of young adults inexperienced in the field of marketing and professionalism who came together to work on destigmatizing mental illness in marginalized communities. In 2018, we had a single consultation with Cristal Hines and in less than 15 minutes, Cristal took our mission statement, our objectives and cleaned them up so that they sounded extremely professional! She taught us the importance of word choice and presentation in regard to how we market. Following that discussion, Ms. Hines also helped our team prepare some motives and gave us directions on how to go about improving our services in relation to our new and improvement mission statements and how to present that information. Since that meeting, we have partnered with organizations, schools and businesses all over Canada in presenting forums and webinars in order to meet our goals of destigmatizing mental illness.
Powerful. Motivating. A true call for action.
Co-Chair of the Community Movements Conference
Cristal Hines has the undeniable ability to capture a crowds attention and tells them exactly what needs they need to hear. During the 12th Annual Community Movements Conference, Cristal presented on our student panel, focused on Student Activism: Organizing in Struggle. Cristal's contribution to our panel on student activism was genuinely incredible. She can effortlessly call a room to action. She discussed the struggles all student activists face, and how this must be a collective struggle, rather than a solo battle. Cristal engaged with the panel the other panelists so well, the conversation among them came naturally and so beautifully. Many of our community members were blown away with our student panel; even a few walked away with tears in their eyes from how truly impact the conversation was. Thank you again, Cristal, for sharing your time with us, it was truly unforgettable.
"Blew me away"
Spoken Word Artist
In November of 2014, I decided host a spoken word event featuring artists around the city. One of the artists I had the absolute pleasure of meeting was Cristal Hines. When word got around that I was looking for talent to participate in my event, a friend mentioned that I should look into selecting Cristal as a performer. I’d never heard her work or seen her perform but chose to trust the judgment of my friend and approached her about the opportunity of appearing at the event. She graciously accepted the request and agreed to be a performer. On the day of the event, Cristal blew me away by her skill and professionalism. She understood the purpose of the evening and made every effort to adhere to the theme. Her performance was admired by audience members and she quickly became a fan favourite. She made such an impression that I chose to work with her again when I hosted my event for a second time the following year. She’s a hardworking woman, always demonstrating integrity and propriety. Her involvement was a great value as she exceeded all expectations. I would definitely rate Cristal with 5 stars and would recommend that anyone use her for any event or engagement.
President of Ryerson Women In Leadership
On behalf of Ryerson Women in Leadership, I'd like to thank you for your services. Cristal moderated the panel discussion at our annual Ryerson Women in Leadership conference. This panel featured five high-caliber leaders in their respective fields. I was thoroughly impressed with Cristal's professionalism and enthusiasm. She effectively engaged with each panel member and asked thoughtful questions throughout. Also, Cristal's ability to capture the attention of a large audience is unparalleled. She is a natural public speaker. I would highly recommend her services.