Operations Coordinator / Human Rights Specialist, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Toronto, ON. Born: Manchester, Lancashire, U.K.
Antoni Shelton has been a passionate advocate for human rights and equity in Canada and internationally, for more than two decades. He has held positions with United Way of Greater Toronto, Ontario Provincial Government, Urban Alliance on Race Relations, Canadian Union of Public Employees, and the Ontario Federation of Labour.
Antoni has authored several articles on issues related to building more inclusive organizations within Canadian society, and has delivered lectures in South Africa, Argentina, Israel, United States and Chile.
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, University of Waterloo; Masters of Arts, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University.
Favourite book? Autobiography of Malcolm X. This book taught me many things, but most importantly it taught me the power of the human spirit.
Favourite quote? “Never give up.”
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t yet? Take my son and daughter to Africa.
What inspires you? I am inspired by ordinary people. The majority are decent and hard working, like my parents. They are often humble but accomplish amazing feats everyday.
Why do you do what you do? I am passionate about liberating man and womankind from exploitation and discrimination.