Be the change you want to see in the world. It’s the motto Hanna Che and Harry Julmice, the founders of Never Was Average, seem to live by since their beginnings. As brilliant and resilient entrepreneurs, Che and Julmice launched Never Was Average in 2017 with the mission to provide an inclusive space in areas of arts, culture, fashion, wellness, and workplace for all. Since then, they’ve been dedicated to creating community-based experiences that forge meaningful connections and facilitate dialogues between different communities.
During a stormy afternoon, we visited what would be the future headquarter of Never Was Average. Located at the heart of Villeray, one of the most vibrant and diverse neighbourhoods in the city, the space was set to be finished in two weeks, and it is equipped with a brightly-lit content-creation studio and a meeting area. The excitement in Che’s voice was apparent as she gave me a tour to this brand new chapter. In celebration of Black History Month, we talked about Black identity, self-care, and creating a positive social impact.