Donna Cardoza, Rashmee Karnad-Jani & Camille Logan
Donna Cardoza is passionate about creating excellence through equity and making equity in education a reality in schools. For the past ten years, Donna Cardoza has been instrumental in developing and launching The Nubian Book Club. The goal of the book club is to use literacy as a tool by which students can become empowered to become community leaders and to improve student success and achievement among students of African Caribbean heritage. Donna is committed to building bridges between the home, school and community.
Donna has been a resident of Markham for the past 29 years. As a parent of two children who are products of the York Region District School Board (YRDSB), Donna has been actively involved with YRDSB through a variety of community initiatives and committees for the past 25 years. Donna is employed by the Toronto District School Board, as a Community Support Worker. She was the 2012 recipient of the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Award, for demonstrating her commitment and dedication as a caring and responsible citizen in working with her colleagues and community with the Toronto District School Board.
Rashmee Karnad-Jani is an elementary school teacher in the GTA. She specializes in educational leadership and policy research at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, U of T. Rashmee’s Ph.D. research is currently at the data collection stage where she examines ways in which the Ontario’s Parent Engagement Policy organizes and coordinates the gendered work of women (mothering for schooling) & teachers’ labour in GTA schools. Rashmee is a published poet, photographer and a talented landscape gardener.
Camille Logan has been an educator with the York Region District School Board (YRDSB) for over 25 years. Currently a K-12 Superintendent of Education serving schools, Camille began her career as a classroom teacher committed to equity, inclusion and social justice initiatives. As she entered the roles of school and system leader, she has worked to ensure that equity and inclusivity have been foundational to her practice. Camille has been well known for her strength and leadership in the area of equity and inclusive education. As a result, Camille is often called upon to provide expertise at a variety of different levels in education (Ministry, GTA school boards and schools) to support the development of policies, procedures, and professional learning for students, staff, parents and community. She has also authored and contributed to the development of the Ministry of Education resources such as the “Culturally Responsive Pedagogy Monograph.” Camille's deep knowledge of equitable and inclusive approaches to school leadership, improvement planning, along with family/community engagement, has resulted in Camille being honoured with awards from community organizations such as the Markham African Caribbean Canadian Association and the Harmony Movement’s National Harmony Leadership in Education award