Dawn is a comedian, storyteller, and speaker from Ottawa, Canada. She's performed stand-up comedy for four years as “Dawn Xanklin” and writes about being a wife, mom, and Black Nerd. As “Dawn Xavier-Franklin,” she’s been a contest-winning public speaker in her Toastmasters area for three years running. In 2021, Dawn was voted Ottawa’s Best Comedian in the 2021 edition of the FACES Magazine Awards.
Dawn is also a versatile communications professional with 15+ years of experience in multiple sectors developing content for digital channels. She has writing experience developing spoken and written content for diverse audiences. She also has web and production experience, from planning to development.
Dawn is on the Board of Directors of Ottawa StoryTellers. She’s hosted Ottawa StoryTellers’ (un)told show since February 2020, a show that features original and personal storytelling. Once (un)told’s in-person storytelling shows were put on hold in March 2020 (because of the pandemic), they eventually moved online to Zoom and are now available to broader audiences. Dawn has shared stories online in several shows including editions of: (un)told, The Iridescent Robot Storytelling Club (show and podcast). She has also been interviewed several times about her experience as a growing stand-up comic.