Jamila Ahmed

Jamila looks at everything with an Afrocentric, anti-black racism and anti-oppression lens. She incorporates equity into all aspects of her life, whether through her work with The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa or volunteering in her community and kid’s school council. As a former refugee, she learned at a young age how powerful advocating could be, whether it was for herself or others. It’s easy to see that through the impact her work has had in our communities. 

Jamila moved to Canada in 2008 as a single mother ready to make a difference in African, Caribbean, and Black Canadian youth. While balancing the workload of being a mom and going to adult high school seven months after arriving in Canada—her Nigerian credentials weren’t recognized here—she never lost sight of her passion for equity and advocacy. 

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