Kimber Bialik, Carman International Fellow
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Mosaic International

Mosaic is pleased to welcome Kimber Bialik as the 2017-2018 Carman International Fellow.

Kimber arrived in Moshi in mid-September and will spend the next year supporting Building a Caring Community (BCC). Kimber began volunteering with people with intellectual disabilities at age 10. She received a Bachelor of Arts in International Development from McGill University and will graduate from Trinity College Dublin with a Master of Science in Disability Studies in December. Last summer, Kimber interned with the Office of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the independent expert responsible for advising the United Nations system on disability rights issues.

Kimber has served as President of the Beyond Me Mentorship Program, which facilitates community inclusion for children and youth, pairing university students with children with disabilities for tutoring, mentorship, and social skills building. She was also President of Montreal’s SwimAbility Program, which provided one-on-one customizable swim instruction to children with special needs that was low-cost to ensure accessibility for families who are unable to afford traditional private swim lessons.

Kimber chose the Carman Fellowship for her next step as she is interested in increasing her overall understanding of how disability is managed and supported in different cultures and gaining experiencing in diverse contexts that she can bring to future work.

“Participating in this fellowship will teach me more about the challenges associated with promoting societal inclusion and operating a service organization in a low-resource setting, and I feel that this knowledge will prove vital for a successful career in international disability service and advocacy,” she said.

About her first month in Moshi, Kimber said with a smile. “So far there is nothing that I don’t like about this job.”