Lenka Plavuchová Antalová
Lenka led a local family centre in Bratislava for four years which gradually turned into a strong community player with a great team of volunteers and very popular community activities.
Nataliya moved from Donetsk to Ivano-Frankivsk in 2014, when the war began there following the Ukrainian Maidan Revolution. Prior to that she had worked for many years in international commerce and was in charge of HR, CSR and other administrative functions. After relocating, she and her new IDP friends decided to create a NGO to breakdown stereotypes about IDPs and promote democratic values and a professional work ethic. Being a happy, active mother of a 3-year-old girl and a 10-month-old boy, she also promotes active motherhood by working, volunteering, studying and travelling with children.
Tereza Kulhánková is a passionate explorer of people’s ways of living together and with nature, a permaculture enthusiast and a mother. Over the past few years she has been navigating life between little villages near Tišnov in the Czech Republic, rural squats in the Pyrenees and France.
Ulla Pötsönen has a background in humanities, cultural production and education. She splits her time between Joensuu, Eastern Finland, where she works for a public library, and Prague, Czech Republic. This gives her a dual perspective on communities: in Finland she is the facilitator, developing better services, working on integration and more collaboration. In the Czech Republic she’s a foreigner, the newcomer and an outsider searching for services, integration and opportunities for meaningful collaboration, volunteering and networking.
I am 38 years old, married, without children; a university-educated woman based in Vimperk and in Zurich, where my husband, a Swiss/Czech dual citizen, lives and works. I cherish democracy, human rights and, above all, the wealth of knowledge humans have been able to generate and record in the West as well as in the East. Currently, I am a Ph. D. student in Philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities of the Charles University.
Zuzana is part of SPOLKA – a collective of architects, artists and sociologists based in Bratislava, Prague, Berlin and Košice. Their aim is to cultivate the public realm through educational activities, artistic and architectural interventions, and institutional and public dialogue. SPOLKA concentrates on concrete issues related to the city, public spaces, participation, inequality and communication.
Justyna is a very active community member and likes to network with people living around the world and from all over the world. She is a bridge builder between different migrant communities because she can speak eight languages. Through various study programs in different countries, she has gained strong language skills and begun thinking as a cosmopolitan. She has played an active role in many transnational projects in Argentina, France, Russia and the US.
Marija Matovska is manager for social business at the Association for Education – Mlаdiinfo International, Social Impact Lab Department. Marija is the co-founder of the Youth Council of the American Embassy. Marija lives a healthy lifestyle, practicing yoga and mountaineering sports. She is also part of the Ljuboten – Tetovo mountaineering club and the Matka- Skopje alpine club.
Oksana moved from Kyiv to a small village in Poltava Region, Ukraine, four years ago. She and her husband Orest have the idea that in the future people will choose to live in the villages, surrounded by the fields, woods and rivers. At the same time, they will live in comfort using the newest technologies in socially and culturally active communities. It is this type of community they want to build.
After studying PR and communication studies, Petru dedicated himself to environmental issues and community work because he is strongly convinced that these two components can work well only together. His basis for understanding community work was the village field work that he did when he was little. He was also involved in cultural community work. Today he is highly motivated by the environmental aspects, which are largely ignored in his country nowadays.
Galin is active in community work in Bulgaria. Along with his job as a personal assistant, he organizes events for the neighborhood of Veliko Tarnovo and its residents. In 2012 he registered an NGO called VT Events to create a place for cultural and social initiatives, which is called “TAM”. Galin has been its head manager ever since.
Martina graduated in art and graphic design in Moscow, where she lived for many years. Following her studies there, she spent one year in specialized multimedia design studies in South Korea. She then she decided to return to Bulgaria. Over the years, Martina has explored various aspects of design while working in advertising as a designer and art director, focusing on corporate communications, advertising strategies and development.
Emilia Ciurchea is a dreamer who believes that a group of people who have the same passions and aspirations for their community can achieve great things when they start doing something! Working with the community foundation, she helps inspire and support local initiatives and brings together people and organizations that have the will and capacity to bring about changes for the better in her local community.
Zuzana is a primary school teacher on maternity leave who works in a local cultural NGO and develops small fruitful projects with other people in Roztoky, a small town near Prague. She runs a huge community flea market. She found herself in Roztoky by accident, and after a few months she realized to her great surprise that the town had become her home much more so than any other place ever had. Which brings a great deal of commitment…