Bachelors in Social Work. Certified Facilitator and Red Seal Hairstylist

 Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Toronto, Tanya Turton is a , Creative Entrepreneur and Wellness Educator. Tanya has committed her practice to empowering self-love and holistic wellness. Tanya describes her calling by saying "I facilitate and provide tools for people to fall deeper in love with who and how they are".

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She currently works as the the founder of NiaZamar: Redefining Beauty, Adornment Stories and as an Art With Impact educator. Using arts, media, and education Tanya is an advocate for wellness.  


Tanya is a licensed hair stylist with 10 years of experience. Wellness and mental health became close to her heart when her older sister, who she describes as a beauty pageant socialite, died by suicide. This event forever changed her life and her investment in community healing. In 2012, she graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelors of Social Work degree. She later went on to complete the George Brown Entrepreneurship program in 2014. 

With a background in facilitation and workshop development stemming as far back to 2008, Tanya has had an opportunity to weave arts and education together. Her work has provided her the opportunity to expand the conversation across North America. In her own arts practice Tanya built an interest in the relationship between adornment, storytelling and healing. She has used make-up artistry, hair artistry and photography to witness and affirm Black women and their stories. Tanya works at using her social enterprise NiaZamar: Redefining Beauty to create safer spaces for holistic wellness and healing. Clients are everyone from activist, artist, students, professors, executive directors, marketing associates and managerial consultants. Each seeking a space for spiritual renewal and reprieve. Tanya painted the faces and laid the edges of Black Lives Matter Toronto for their historic Pride Parade shut down, photoshoots and numerous media appearances. Most recently Tanya provided make-up and hair services to mayoral candidate Saron Gebresellassi for each debate and media appearance. Her vision is to build collective care spaces that remind people there is no need to simply survive, we can thrive.

We deserve to be witnessed. We are all beautiful.

EDUCATION

ENTERPRISE TORONTO — 2016-2017

STARTER COMPANY BUSINESS TRAINING

NIA CENTRE OF ART, AVNU AND ARTREACH — 2014

ART OF FACILITATION CERTIFICATE

GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE — 2013-2014

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

ALC TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT — 2013-2014

BASIC AND ADVANCE HAIR STYLING CERTIFICATE

RYERSON UNIVERSITY — 2008-2012

BACHELORS OF SOCIAL WORK- MINOR IN SOCIOLOGY