Paola Gomez is a community arts facilitator, a trained human rights lawyer, community organizer, public speaker, writer, and self-described dreamer. A member of PEN Canada’s Writers in Exile and an advocate, Paola is involved in causes such as ending violence against women and forced migration. Paola is the co-founder and Director of MUSE Arts. Her work with refugee and newcomer communities have been greatly recognized in Canada, where she arrived as a refugee. Paola is the recipient of 2008 Amina Malko Award from the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, 2009 Vital People from Toronto Foundation for her community building initiatives, the 2016 Constance E Hamilton, Human Rights Award from the City of Toronto and the 2018 Champions of Change Award; excellence in the Arts from the Skills for Change. Paola was the creative direction of the Fabric of Community project on the Wind Rose.