Kearie DanielExecutive Director
Kearie Daniel is a Senior leader, community advocate, communications strategist and equity leader. Kearie has over 20 years experience leading inclusive media/communications and equity initiatives.
Kearie is a co-founder of Parents of Black Children and is also the founder and principal consultant at KAMA Communications, an Equity, Inclusion and Communications consulting firm, one of the only Communications Consulting firms in Toronto to anchor the frameworks of anti-oppression and anti-Black racism in all work.
Kearie has also led systemic change across multiple systems in the province of Ontario including the education and child welfare systems, where she led communications and community engagement for Phase II of the One Vision One Voice community initiative to address the overrepresentation of Black children in the child welfare system, at the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies.
In 2017 Kearie created the Podcast and Blog, Woke Mommy Chatter, a space to combat the invisibilizing of the Black motherhood experience and to shed light on the Black parenting journey. Kearie writes about the Black motherhood experience for a variety of publications, including Today’s Parents, CBC Parent, Flare and Chatelaine. Kearie has delivered international anti-Black racism and equity trainings to parents looking to build and live anti-racist lives.
Kearie holds a BA(Hons) in Mass Communication and a Masters Degree in Broadcast Journalism. Kearie began her career as a Journalist working as a freelance associate producer and assignment editor for NBC News, London Bureau.
Charline GrantChief Advocacy Officer
Advocacy, Systems Navigation, Equity, Child Welfare
Josie RoseExecutive Lead, Family Support Services
Josie is a Social Worker, counsellor, Professor at Seneca College, facilitator of mental health psycho-educational programs and social activist. Josie has an interest in intergenerational and cultural trauma, human rights, anti-oppression, and equity. Josie holds a Master of Social Work degree from University at Buffalo with a focus in Trauma Informed Care. Josie currently works as a Mental Health Case Manager assisting vulnerable individuals with mental health and intellectual disabilities, who have been impacted by homelessness, race and ethnicity, physical abilities, socioeconomic issues, and trauma. Josie is currently is the Chair of the York Regional Police Community Advisory Council (PCAC) where she has created and facilitated social justice and human Rights and hate crime prevention youth initiatives. Josie is an executive member of York Region Alliance of African Canadian Communities (YRAACC). Josie also sits as the Membership Outreach/Engagement Lead on the Social Planning Council of York Region and also on the Steering Committee for the Youth Homelessness Prevention & Housing Stabilization Strategy of York Region
Mental Health, Child Welfare
Claudette Howell Rutherford
Claudette Howell RutherfordExecutive Lead, Education Research and Evaluation
Claudette Howell Rutherford
Claudette Howell Rutherford is a teacher and Department Head of Social Science and Humanities in the YRDSB. She currently sits on the Equity Steering Action Advisory Committee and the Anti-Black Racism Steering Committee. Claudette is a mother of three children attending school in York Region. Claudette previously served as Director of Youth & Education for the Markham African Caribbean Canadian Association and is now Vice President. Claudette is Chair of MACCA’S Annual Black Youth Empowerment Conference now funded by the Government of Canada, and Summer Camp Administrator. Claudette is the Program Director for the Ministry (MCCSS) funded KinnectYouth Mentoring Program. She is a member of ONABSE under the Parent Commission. Claudette continues to represent MACCA as a contributing member of the Network for the Advancement of Black Communities, a collective impact project with 70 other Black community organizations across the province of Ontario.
Anti-racist Education, System Leadership, Education System, Teaching Approaches