The SheSpeaks 3:
Women, Power and Change Conference
Ausma Malik is a proud resident of TDSB Ward 10, Trinity-Spadina, and a school board trustee with expertise in education policy and life-long experience in community engagement. From serving on the Board of the Toronto Environmental Alliance to having volunteered with Frontier College’s literacy program at Alexandra Park Community Centre, Ausma is committed to progressive change for all Trinity-Spadina residents. In addition to her volunteer work, Ausma worked as a senior researcher at the Provincial Legislature with a focus on education, where she facilitated responsive and community-based solutions. She strengthened her community-building and education work as Director of Campaigns & Community Outreach at the Stephen Lewis Foundation. With a first-hand understanding of the public school education system, student experience is central to Ausma’s approach.
Min Kaur is a PhD student with interests in Indigenous Knowledges, pedagogies, Anti-racism education, Spirituality, Decolonizing Methodologies, Anti-Colonial and Anti-violence work.
She has been a community educator/literacy worker for over 16 years and is a professor at George Brown College.
Sabina Ali is the Chair of Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee (TPWC) and one of its founding members. TPWC is a group of local residents who came together with a vision of transforming their public space into a place that builds and enriches the community and their neighbourhood. She has been instrumental in revitalizing the local park and creating a healthy, engaged and inclusive community. She is engaged in empowering and building the capacity of residents, especially women, and connecting the community with the rest of Toronto.
Under Sabina's leadership, TPWC has attained recognition throughout Toronto. She has successfully connected Thorncliffe to other neighbourhoods in the city by participating in Doors Open Toronto, the Community Festival and the Winter Fest at Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto Mela, YIMBY Festival, Halal Food Fest, Big on Bloor, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Harbourfront Fest, City of Toronto’s Tasty Thursdays, Toronto Fringe Festival, and Food & Wine Festival.
Sabina was the recipient of the Elizabeth Coke Award for Excellence in Leadership in 2011. She is also the recipient of the 2014 Jane Jacobs Prize for her work in transforming the city through innovative thinking, dedication to community development, and passion for hard work. Recently, she received a Phenomenal Woman Award from the Centre for Community Learning and Development.
Sabina also received an award from City Councillor John Parker and The Globe and Mail selected her as one of the Top Ten Torontonians getting things done. She sits on various committees, including Evergreen Brick Work’s Neighbourhood Engagement Committee, Don Valley West Citizenship Ceremony Committee, and Neighbours' Night Out Committee.
Itah Sadu is an internationally known storyteller and author. She is one of Canada’s best-loved storytellers and captures the imagination of children and adults alike as she weaves her particular brand of “Stories of Our Time.” Itah’s knowledge of community economic development and her entrepreneurial background contributed to her success as an architect of the successful Fresh Elements and Fresh Arts program.
A former Vice-President of the Black Business & Professional Association, Itah is the co-owner of the Canadian bookstore A Different Booklist, located in downtown Toronto. Her knowledge of the publishing industry as an author, and her entrepreneurial drive, have allowed Itah and her husband, Miguel San Vicente, to turn the bookstore into a transformative space in society.
Itah and Miguel have made A Different Booklist a household name in the Caribbean and African-Canadian communities. Itah counts among her influences Harold Hoyte, founder and publisher of the Barbados Nation, and the generations of market women who have consistently participated in economics.