1. Penny Hartin is the current Chief Executive Officer of the World Blind Union, an organization which works on behalf of blind and visually impaired persons in some 170 countries around the world. Penny has over 25 years of senior management experience in planning and implementing rehabilitation and support services for blind persons in Canada. She served for six years, representing the World Blind Union, on the first UN Panel of Experts to monitor the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for persons with Disabilities. Penny has and continues to serve on a variety of community based and international boards and committees.

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  2. Uzma Shakir is a community-based researcher, advocate and activist. Her work focuses on issues of race, erosion of civil liberties & critical multiculturalism. Her experience includes advocating, organizing and facilitation, writing and speaking on diverse issues facing racialized communities. She has expertise on issues of racialization of poverty; violence against immigrant and racialized women; youth engagement; parenting, civic engagement; rights and obligations; hate crimes; racial profiling; access to professions and trades; precarious and contingent work; legal education; building innovative & unique coalitions with diverse ethno-racial communities; and production/documentation of alternative practice and knowledge.

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  3. Salimah Valiani: Salimah Valiani is a researcher in the areas of world historical political economy, and international development. She has worked as a researcher and advocate in non-governmental organizations in Canada and South Africa, as well as in the Canadian trade union movement. Her publications include academic articles, institutional papers, and poetry collections - reflecting her work and other experiences in North America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

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  4. Duberlis Ramos is the Executive Director of the Hispanic Development Council and one of the founders of the Alternative Planning Group, a collaboration between the African Canadian, Chinese, South Asian and the Hispanic Development Councils to increase presence of advocacy, planning, research and development on social and economic planning in the City of Toronto. As executive director of the Hispanic Development Council he has actively promoted the participation of the community in the larger framework of social and economic issues. More recently, his work has looked into matters of transnationalism, the role of citizens in countries of residence, emergence of new Diasporas and their role in the new system of international relations thus placing a new emphasis in the role of the citizen and community based organizations both in Canada and the world.

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  5. Amai Kuda is a singer/songwriter, community activist and the mother of a young child. The name Amai Kuda means "mother to the will of the creator" in the southern African language Shona. Through parenthood, community work and art, Amai is a vehicle for creation and for change. She co-founded and coordinates two organizations, Moyo Wa Africa and Seven Directions, dedicated to the decolonization of African peoples and to indigenous solidarity respectively. Amai studied Arts at Trent University with a Special Emphasis in Decolonization: Indigenous Reclamations in Turtle Island and Africa.

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The Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) is a coalition of Ontario-based organizations and individual associates working both in the North and South for global justice.

As a Council, OCIC strives to increase the effectiveness and collective…


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The Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) is a coalition of Ontario-based organizations and individual associates working both in the North and South for global justice.

As a Council, OCIC strives to increase the effectiveness and collective impact of all our members' efforts to promote sustainable, people-centred development in a peaceful and healthy environment. OCIC is committed to principles of fair and equitable cooperative international development and promotes public engagement that helps Canadians develop a global perspective and take action for social justice.

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