Pamala Agawa & Nada Aoudeh
Pamala Agawa, Anishinaabe-kwe from Batchewana First Nation. I am a mom, a daughter, an auntie, a niece, a granddaughter and a sister. I am a Secondary Vice Principal at a secondary school with the York Region DSB. I am a coach and a lifelong learner who seizes every opportunity possible to grow as a person. Currently, my interests are focused in decolonizing instructional practice to create amazing spaces for learning for all (especially Indigenous youth) acknowledging that this is a journey and that this is really rooted within the colonial/ western structure we have all adopted as a system in public education. I love working alongside youth and I believe I am a strong advocate for them.
Nada Aoudeh is an educator with a particular interest in the interaction of multiple forms of systemic oppression shape minoritized women's experiences in leadership. She has been a vice-principal, curriculum coordinator and classroom teacher. Prior to becoming an educator, Nada worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) in a number of countries in Asia and Africa. She was also the guest editor of special issues of the Journal of Violence Against Women which focused on centering the voices of women in the research methodologies used to study gender-based violence. Nada is a provincial equity facilitator for CIECYR (Community Equity and Inclusivity Council- York Region), training senior leaders in the human services fields to enable coherence in strategies across sectors (e.g. education, mental health, child welfare, justice, etc.) She is joining York U in the fall and working toward a doctorate in education. Nada is a mama of two. When she doesn’t have her face buried in a book, she is in search of decadent desserts.