CANADIAN ALLIANCE OF BLACK EDUCATORS
William Ankomah is a Ghanaian born educator and social justice activist. His research interest includes minority schooling, anti-racism, anti-oppression, youth development, and neoliberalism. Currently, he is a student of the Joint PhD program in Educational Studies at Brock University. He holds MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies from Brock University and College Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Niagara College. He has B.Ed. from University of Education, Winneba, Ghana.
Meloney Whitney graduated with a Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree from York University in 2011, under a full graduate program scholarship. She also holds a Bachelor of Social Work Degree with Honours from York University and an Assaulted Women’s & Children’s Counselor & Advocate Diploma with Honours from George Brown College. Meloney has garnered over thirteen years of professional experience utilizing a multitude of transferable clinical skills, while building working relationships with diverse service users and community partners as well as working with a range of service providers, multi-sector community agencies, not-for-profit organizations and businesses. Since 2004, Meloney has fulfilled many roles within
Dolana Mogadime has enacted a role of activist educator within a range of leadership roles and service that she has contributed to over the past 15 years. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), in role of President of Canadian Association for the Study of Women in Education (CASWE); the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Equity Issues Portfolio, as Steering Committee Member, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), Equity Committee, Member, Appointed by CAUT
Mr. Leacock has a wealth of professional experience, which includes having been the Chief Financial Officer for Infinite Services Corporation, which operated internationally. Waynne has a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) with a major in Finance, MBA, LLB and LLM. He serves as a director on various profit and non-profit organizations.
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President and Executive. Human Rights Task Force, Vice-Chair, Brock University, Racial Climate Task Force, Program Director, Brock University and Editor-in-Chief, Brock Education: A Journal of Educational Research and Practice. Dolana is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University in St. Catharines Ontario, Canada and Director of the Joint Ph.D., in Educational Studies program, she teaches Graduate courses in the ‘Social Cultural Contexts of Education’ field of study where she has served as Coordinator. She is an Associate of the Social Justice Research Institute, Brock University. Her research interests are in critical sociology and education, social justice, equity studies and feminist theories. She is interested in the connections between educators and school leaders’ lives and commitment toward developing equitable approaches to education. She has published her research in international journals such as The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations; Journal of Black Studies; Canadian Women's Studies; Canadian feminist anthologies as well as Canadian anthologies on Black feminisms and Human Rights Education.
CABE, Past President and Member at Large
Kirk Mark is a recent retiree as Senior Coordinator of the Community Relations Department in Toronto Catholic District School Board (Ontario, Canada), the largest Catholic School Board in the world with 92,000 plus students, 16,000 plus staff and 200 plus schools. He has been involved in diversity programmes in corporations, communities and schools for over thirty-five years with extensive travel to and consultation within the Caribbean, Europe, The Continent of Africa and the United States of America. His areas of expertise, while residing in the Provinces of Quebec and Ontario, are: Systemic Change Management, Professional Learning, Equity and
social work (which includes employment, volunteer, field practicum placements and serving on several boards), providing an assortment of community and social services. Over the years, Meloney has amassed additional work experience volunteering in community-based organizations, programs, churches and committees. Earlier this year, during Black History Month, Meloney was recognized as a Black Canadian leader in the Scarborough community, by Shaun Chen, Member of Parliament (MP). Meloney presently fulfills leadership roles serving as the elected Vice-President of the Canadian Alliance of Black Educators and the elected Policy Chair of her Electoral District Association. Meloney has also been a volunteer of the Congress of Black Women of Canada (Ontario Inc.) for the past 2.5 years, in the role of Vice President and Secretary for the Scarborough Chapter.
curriculum design, development, evaluation and implementation. Oscar's research interest, presentations and publications focus on empowering and enabling Diaspora African students who are living and schooling in countries and school systems dominated by Eurocentrism to succeed. His expertise also include feasibility studies, institutional strengthening, capacity building, project evaluation, learning materials evaluation, teaching methods and professional development; and promoting Pan-African agenda by shifting the education paradigm. Oscar was a founding member and first president of the Canadian Alliance of Black Educators (1980-1982).
assistant. Her masters thesis “Emancipatory Pedagogies in a Grade 11 Social Studies Classroom”, examined the complexities of employing emancipatory teaching praxis in a high school in Southern Ontario, and has formed the cornerstone of her emancipatory teaching philosophy. After completing her masters, Devonna earned her Ontario Teaching certification from York University at the Urban Diversity site, where she was encouraged to engage with the Jane and Finch community, and reflect on how she situated herself within the Canadian and global context. Recently, Devonna was invited to facilitate mindfulness for over 100 people at a mental health retreat called Disable the Label. This experience reignited her interest in mental health, especially as it relates to youth. She is currently developing a project that will combine her passions: mental health, education and creativity. Stay tuned!
Inclusive Education, Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy, Student-Athletic Development, Parent and Community Capacity Development. Mr. Mark has presented his work, as an author and educationalist, to local, national and international audiences such as: the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), Cheikh Anta Diop Conference, and The University of Toronto’s De-Colonizing the Spirit Conference, and various boards of education. As a community volunteer, he shares his expertise as a Board of Director and Past-President of The Canadian Alliance of Black Educators, The Urban Alliance on Race Relations, The City of Pickering Committee on Diversity and The Toronto Basketball Association to name a few. In addition to being listing in Who’s Who in Black Canada (2002, 2006, 2010 Editions), as well as receiving numerous accolades, a few of his awards include: The African Canadian Achievement Award for Excellence in Education, The National Alliance of Black School Educators Ft. Worth Chapter Education Award, The UMOJA Award for Outstanding Community Service (Quebec), The Human Rights and Race Relations Centre Gold Medal Award (Ontario), The Hispanic Canadian Alliance of Ontario Appreciation Award, and The Toronto Basketball Association Award of Excellence.
Member at Large
Oscar Brathwaite has a diverse background in education and training. He received degrees: (M.Ed, B.Ed, B.A.,) and (Post Masters Studies in education theory) at the University of Toronto. He worked as a specialist in the areas of technical and vocational education and training for over thirty years in different countries including Barbados, Botswana, Canada, Kenya, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. His work experience included consulting, advising institutions, technical teacher training, coaching,
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Member at Large
Devonna Munroe is an Artist and Educator. As an artist, she explores Blackness in relation to spirituality, culture, and identity through song, written and spoken word, photography, dance and painting. She earned an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, where she majored in Psychology, and minored in Biology and Sociology. She was actively involved in her school community as a performer and event coordinator, and co-founded the Imani Mentorship Program, which continues to thrive to this day. She also earned a Masters of Education at Brock University, and worked closely with Dolana Mogadime as a Research
Member at Large
Charis Newton-Thompson has been an active member of community organizations in Canada since 1974. She is currently a member of (Project for the Advancement of Childhood Education) PACE and is the proud sponsor of a basic school in Stewart Town Jamaica. Charis represents CABE as a member of the African Canadian Advisory Committee of the Toronto Catholic District School Board, an executive member of the Committee to Assist Buxton/Friendship (COTAB), a member at large of the Canadian Alliance of Black Educators (CABE) and a member of the Ontario Alliance of Black Educators (ONABSE). Some of her involvement over the years include: past member of the executive of the Emery-Keelesdale Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic (EKNPLC), past president of the following organizations: The Black Secretariat, the Ontario Black History Society (OBHS), the Congress of Black Women, Toronto Chapter and the Canadian Alliance of Black Educators (CABE).
Charis has been employed as an educator in Guyana, Jamaica and Canada for over 30 years. She has served in Toronto for over 25 of those years. She has worked in schools, centrally at the school district, provincially with the Ministry of Education, and at the faculties of education of the University of Toronto and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Her roles included teacher, assistant department head, consultant, education officer, lecturer, additional qualifications instructor, vice principal, principal, manager and faculty advisor. She is currently retired from the Toronto District School Board. Charis is passionate about community building and racial uplift. She brought her community work into her place of employment by actively advocating for students, working with parents and communities, participating in action oriented committees and mentoring aspiring and current teachers, administrators and past students. Charis obtained her B.A (Hons.), Bed. And MEd from the University of Toronto and her principal’s qualifications from York University.