Judith Bishop, Diana Grimaldos, Yvonne Kelly, Sharma Queiser, Dr. Sue Winton, Sharan Widsten & Jersey PS Students

Judith Bishop, Diana Grimaldos, Yvonne Kelly, Sharma Queiser, Dr. Sue Winton, Sharan Widsten & Jersey PS Students

Jersey PS Students, Erica, Zie, Brody and Rachel

Judith Bishop was born in the UK. and Educated at Nottingham and McMaster universities. She worked in Zimbabwe as a development worker with children and families. She also taught all-day kindergarten in high needs school in the UK. Trustee with Hamilton, and Hamilton-Wentworth District School Boards 1988 to 2014; chair 5 times. Awards for community work: Hamilton Woman of the Year,  Hamilton President's Award from the Hamilton Council for Exceptional Children, Queen’s Jubilee Medal;  OSSTF‘s Lamp of Learning Award, Life Time Achievement Hamilton Women of Distinction Awards, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award. Lived in Hamilton Ontario since 1970. Mother of 3 children, grandmother of 4.

Diana Grimaldos is a Community Engagement Coordinator at Working Women Community Centre where her work focuses on facilitating equitable and inclusive involvement of immigrants on issues of integration and civic engagement. For the past three years, she led the Latinx Parents for Change project which enabled the active participation of Toronto’s Latinx families in school and community life. Diana sits as a steering committee member of the Coalition for Alternatives to Streaming in Education (CASE) and is currently a DiverseCity Fellow with Civic Action. Diana is pursuing her Master’s in Leadership and Community Engagement at York University – Faculty of Education.

Yvonne Kelly, MSW, RSW, Community and Partnership Developer, YRDSB. Yvonne works as a Community and Partnership Developer with the Inclusive School and Community Services Department of the York Region District School Board. Yvonne has extensive experience in community development, social justice, advocacy and equity work, largely in school-based settings.

Yvonne has worked and volunteered in York Region since 2009. Yvonne has worked in the community for over 25 years now, always with a focus on marginalized and impoverished groups.  She is a Co-Chair of the Social Planning Council of York Region and also participated on the steering committees of a number of organizations and grassroots coalitions advocating for adequate income, equity and fairness for all. Yvonne is passionate about social justice and is committed to working across the spectrum of networks and groups and bringing people together to find common purpose.

Sharma Queiser is a Researcher and Policy Analyst at Social Planning Toronto where she conducts community-based, action-oriented research and supports community engagement. Current projects include equity in education, access to recreation, community use of public spaces, and child and youth social development. With a BSW from Ryerson University and an MSW from the University of Toronto, Sharma is passionate about using research to mobilize communities for positive social change.

Sue Winton, Ph.D., Associate Professor with Faculty of Education, York University. Ph.D. - Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto; M.Ed. - Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto; B.Ed. - Queen's University; B.A.H. - Queen's University. Dr. Winton's critical policy research examines how education policies and policy processes support and/or undermine critical democratic commitments to equity, diversity, social justice, and public participation in policymaking. Sue is one of three co-directors of WERA the World Education Research Association’s International Research Network on Families, Educators, and Communities as Educational Advocates. her current projects focus policy advocacy and private money in public education. She is a Provincial Steering Committee Member of the KNSWB CoP on the Impacts of Poverty on Students and is a fierce advocate of equity for all underserved students.

Sharan Widsten, an Elementary school teacher with the WRDSB who is passionate about creating accessible, meaningful learning opportunities for all students while respecting and celebrating their uniqueness.