Community Development Officer, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Employment and Training Division, Central Region, Toronto, ON. Born: Barbados.
Evadne Wilkinson is a Community Development Executive who works with other individuals and stakeholders, such as the City of Toronto Public Health, the Toronto Drug Treatment Program and the Black Health Alliance, and the African Caribbean Diabetes Program, to improve the health of communities. She believes in providing individuals with the tools to improve and build on their existing skills, which will improve their lives. Providing individuals with holistic supports that addresses mind, body and spirit is important for Evadne and is reflective in the work that she does, and the volunteer organisations that she supports.
Currently, Evadne works for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities as a Consultant to the Literacy and Basic Skills and Academic Upgrading programs in Toronto.
Honours: Including, inclusion in Who’s Who in Black Canada 2; recipient of the 2009 Realm Award (recognizing excellence in the Learning Ministries for her work on the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, awarded in June 2010).
Favourite book? The Bible, because it is the foundation of my faith and the template that I use for living my life. There is poetry, life lessons and beauty in this book.
Favourite quotes? 1) “It talkes a village to raise a child.” 2) “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” – Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 3) Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” – Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 4) “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? More extensive travel to Africa, England and some other countries.
Who inspires you? My mother and siblings.
Why do you do what you do? I love life and people, and my faith is at the centre of all that I do. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I can do not less but to care for my neighbours. I enjoy working with and lending support to individuals to help improve their quality of life. I enjoy working with like-minded people to fight for social justice and quality of life for all human beings. I believe that if we continue to work together against all we will break down the barriers that separate us and build communities that are healthy, just and inclusive.