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Redefining Leadership - York Region

  • Aurora Cultural Centre 22 Church Street Aurora, ON, L4G 1M1 Canada (map)

Redefining Leadership is a day-long forum centering the experiences of young women and non-binary leaders. Focused on highlighting the importance of community and diversity, this conference will bring young marginalized women and non-binary youth from across York Region together to celebrate their contributions to our communities and civic institutions. In the spirit of redefining leadership, participants will have a chance to learn from diverse womxn leaders and improve their personal leadership style through skills training workshops.

At this forum, we will explore the leadership through intersectional, anti-oppressive, and inclusive lenses that highlight the diversity of women and non-binary youth's needs and experiences. 


9:30 am - Welcome and Breakfast 

10 am - 12 pm - Redefining Leadership Panel

12-1:30 pm - Keynote by MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes

1:30-3 pm - Anti-Oppressive Leadership Workshop

3-4 pm - Election 2019 Workshop 

Transportation support & food will be provided. 

Redefining Leadership Panel

Jathusha Mahenthirarajan is a multi-award winning activist, public speaker, and visionary, currently studying Human Rights & Equity Studies at York University. Jathusha is also the founder and Executive Director of L.I.G.H.T. (Lead Inspire Grow Hope Transform).

Pamala Agawa - First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Curriculum Coordinator at YRDSB (York Region District School Board).

Janine Berridge-Paul is the Youth Strategy Program Coordinator at 360°kids.

Anti-Oppressive Leadership Workshop led by Ayesha Syed-Rashid a Secondary School Educator with sixteen years of combined experience teaching English & Social Sciences and leading Student Success .  In the past four years, she has held regional school board positions.  She is the former Teacher Liaison for South Asian Heritage Communities, where she worked alongside South Asian students, families, and communities to champion culturally responsive education and resources.  Ayesha is currently an Equity Teacher Facilitator leading system-wide anti-oppression teacher education.