Kaye Johnson

Director, Office of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility (OHREA), University of Windsor, Windsor, ON. Born: Montreal, QC.

Kaye Johnson became involved in organizing and presenting workshops on anti-racism and social justice in the 1980s. This work recently led her to become the Director of the new Office of Human Rights, Equity, and Accessibility (OHREA) for the University of Windsor. Previously she was the Coordinator of Race Relations, Cross Cultural Understanding and Human Rights (RCH), for the Annapolis Valley Regional Board; and from 1995-98, was the Regional Educator for Southwest Nova Scotia, for the Black Learners Advisory Committee of the Black Educators’ Association.

Community: Kaye spent 17 years in the Air Force Reserves; served in Honour Guard of the Canada Remembers Unit (Belgium, France, Netherlands, UK, 1994); Multicultural Education Council, Nova Scotia; founding member, Camp Kujichagulia.

Honours: Canadian Decoration Medal, 12 years service; Governor General 125th.

Works: In The New Democrat (2002); papers & reports concerning Race Relations, Cross Cultural Understanding and Human Rights.

Education: M.Ed. in progress, Acadia University; MSW, Social Admin & Policy (1994); BA, Carleton University (1985); DEC, Vanier College (1982).

Favourite book? My sister Dawn’s first book, That Perception Thing! (Dawn Brown). It is both inspirational and makes you look at/think about things from different angles.

Favourite quote? “Life is an act of faith; struggle is optional.” – Ayanla Vanzant

Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t yet? I would like to visit South Africa.

Who inspires you? I get inspired by the elders in our communities, as they have all helped in some way to gain the greater opportunities we continue to realize.

Why do you do what you do? I do what I do because of a long held desire to contribute positively to systemic change in our education institutions.