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Shelley Rottenberg has been involved in the adoptee community since 2020. Since then, she has held a number of volunteer roles in various adoptee-focused groups and organizations, and has participated in multiple adoptee events or initiatives which she has spoken about her experience being a Chinese adoptee.

Community Involvement
The Human Book Collection Event 2022
The Human Book Collection Event 2022

Shelley participated as a 'Human Book' and shared her experiences as a transracial adoptee.

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CYPCC Panel 2022
CYPCC Panel 2022

Permanency Through the Eyes of Youth Panel for National Adoption Awareness Month 2022. Hosted by the Child and Youth Permanency Council of Canada.

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Screenshot of panellists
Screenshot of panellists

Youth panel discussion put on by the former Adoption Council of Canada

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The Human Book Collection Event 2022
The Human Book Collection Event 2022

Shelley participated as a 'Human Book' and shared her experiences as a transracial adoptee.

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  • January 26, 2023 - Spoke in the Threads 2023: Cultural Conversations Conference 

  • January 22, 2023 - Co-hosted a Lunar New Year Meetup for Asian Adoptees of Canada 

  • November 22, 2022 - Spoke in the "Permanency Through the Eyes of Youth Panel" put on by Child and Youth Permanency Council of Canada

  • November 19, 2022 - Co-hosted a Christmas Market Meetup for Asian Adoptees of Canada

  • September 10, 2022 - Co-hosted a Moon Festival Celebration/Karaoke Night for Asian adoptees 

  • August 20, 2022 - Co-hosted a Toronto Chinatown Meetup for Asian Adoptees of Canada

  • ​April 9, 2022 - Co-hosted the Toronto location of the Global Asian Adoptee Meal Meet-Up

  • April 7, 2022 - Participated in The Human Book Collection event at McMaster University 

  • February 8, 2022 - Spoke in an international adoptee panel discussion, put on by the Child and Youth Permanency Council of Canada

  • January 19-20, 2022 - Spoke in the Threads 2022: Cultural Conversations Conference  

  • January 15, 2022 - Interviewed by Shauna Powers with CBC Radio One

  • November 14, 2021 - Spoke in a panel discussion by the Chinese Adopted Siblings Program at Yale (CASPY)

  • November 10, 2021 - Spoke in a youth panel discussion, "Talking About Permanency, Transracial Adoption, Racism and our Dreams for the Future," put on by the Adoption Council of Canada​​

Volunteer Work

Asian Adoptees of Canada

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Associate Director for 
Engagement & Social Media

June 2022 -  Present

I am responsible for contributing to the creation of content for the organization's social media accounts, organizing in-person events to allow for adoptees to connect and build a sense of community, and communicating with members of the Board of Directors.

China's Children International

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September 2022 -  Present

Blog Copy Editor

I am responsible for reviewing, editing, and publishing adoptee submissions to the new CCI blog. 

August 2021 -  August 2022

Social Media Coordinator

I am responsible for managing and posting content on CCI's social media accounts. I collaborate and communicate with other members on the board and creative team. 

June 2020 - September 2020

Summer Intern

I created and coordinated a two-part CCI summer internship project titled "Home Is..." which examined the concept of home for international Chinese adoptees. To learn more, check out the "Projects" page of the site!

Child & Youth Permanency Council of Canada

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June 2021 - Present

Secretary

I attend, participate in, and record monthly meetings as the Secretary on the Board of Directors. I also help with the planning and execution of projects that align with the mission, vision, and values of ACC as a member on the Programs/Events committee.

Chinese Adoptee Alliance (formerly FCCNY)

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October 2021 - September 2022

As the Online Multimedia Committee Co-Chair, I help facilitate monthly meetings where team members collaborate to create social media content for the FCCNY social media accounts.

Online Multimedia
Committee Co-Chair

October 2020 - September 2021 

As a member of the Online/Multimedia Short-term Projects subcommittee of the Adoptee Board, I collaborate with team members to create social media content for the FCCNY social media accounts.

Online Multimedia
Committee Member

Subtle Asian Adoptee Traits Facebook Group

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August 2020 - April 2021

Admin & Zoom Host

As an admin of the Subtle Asian Adoptee Traits Facebook group, I helped with post approval, join requests, comment moderation, member communication and other duties. As a zoom call host, I helped sustain a virtual community space for adoptees to connect twice a week.  

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