Koko Bate Agborsangaya
Chair – Board Member
Koko is a parent with children affiliated with the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE), Ottawa’s French Catholic school board. She is passionate about equity and committed to Parents for Diversity’s vision for an inclusive education system where all children can thrive and meet their full potential. With fifteen years of experience developing, implementing, and managing innovative scientific research programs, she is particularly fervent about Diversity in STEM.
Vice Chair – Board Member
With a background in Human Rights and experience teaching, Letitia is known as a fierce advocate for students and parents being seen and empowered as agents, not objects, of equitable and culturally responsive educational experiences. A Gatineau resident, her two children study in the Western Québec School Board as well as the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Her passion and purpose are to work towards improved school systems, and most importantly organizational cultures, that get behind the eyes of parents and their children and respect their voices.
Secretary – Board Member
Alison is a parent, school administrator, and equity advocate. As a certified teacher, Alison has been leading equity initiatives throughout her career and personal life. She has consulted, created, and led equity-based programs within her school board along with spearheading the creation of their Equity and Inclusive Safe Schools Policy. Alison believes in culturally responsive and accessible education for all students to succeed.
Treasurer – Board Member
Mindy Smith is a Mi’kmaw woman living on Algonquin territory. She brings a unique combination of over twenty years in strategic policy insight as well as Indigenous engagement to her role on the Board of Directors. During her time at the Native Women’s Association of Canada as the Director of Health, she had made many contributions including integrating traditional healing into health care and her work with combating medical racism towards Indigenous peoples. Currently she holds the position of the National Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion with Indigenous Collaboration at United Way Centraide Canada; sharing national space with leaders across the country, to move the needle on breaking down systemic barriers for equity deserving communities.
Sabrin is an educator and a children’s book lover. She strives to create a safe learning environment for her students through culturally responsive pedagogy. As a Registered Early Childhood Educator, Sabrin understands how important the early years are for a child to continue their love of learning. An immigrant to Canada at the age of seven and from a Muslim family, Sabrin strives to amplify the voices of underrepresented and historically marginalized groups of people.
As the parent to a Western Quebec School Board student, Michelle brings not only expertise and insight, but also her practical nature and dry wit to the P4D Board. In her personal and professional endeavors, Michelle is committed to encouraging communities and organizations to take collective responsibility for increasing equity and supporting the most vulnerable in society. Her passion for teaching new ways to engage stakeholders in systems, including education and immigration, animates and focuses her work and makes the work of Parents For Diversity more effective.
Ruth Aliu is a cybersecurity professional, entrepreneur and mother to two children. She has over 10 years of experience in technology support, cybersecurity, securing critical infrastructure, engineering program management and compliance. She is passionate about empowering parents with the tools they need to leverage technology safely and securely as well as improving processes/procedures with technology. As a black woman in technology, she is all too familiar with barriers for people of colour in moving up the ladder to occupy leadership positions. She has been featured on Invest Ottawa, Digital Main Street, Black Professionals in Tech Network and Canadian SME magazine and a mentor with Canada Learning Code.
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