Student: Red River College / University of Winnipeg
Tamika Reid is a Winnipeg-based writer and painter who is completing a joint-degree of Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Communications at the University of Winnipeg and diploma of Creative Communications at Red River College. She has been an active member and alumni of the Winnipeg Foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program since 2010. In 2013, Tamika acted as the Media Contact, Artist Contributor, MC, and Producer of YIP’s heART Talent Show and art show fundraiser.
Tamika has had her photography and writing published in multiple publications including the University of Winnipeg’s Rooted in Rhetoric academic journal. Tamika recently received media coverage on her first self-published children’s book, Sweet without Sugar, that address inequality of disabled characters. Tamika strives to creatively include the perspectives of underrepresented groups in her artistic works.
Sweet without Sugar is a story of struggle and triumph from the perspective of a girl who has autism. Sweet without Sugar showcases the many friends and mentors who support the growth of children with intellectual disabilities. The illustrations in the book represent inclusion. Illustrations incorporates a mixed-media of artwork provided by students who have intellectual disabilities.