Executive Director, Women’s Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham (WMRCC), Pickering, ON. Born: Nigeria
Esther’s work is grounded in an integrated anti-racist/anti-oppression and feminist analysis, a holistic approach in which a person’s experience and realities are not fragmented and divided. Esther has been working in the human service field for 24 years in both shelter and counselling centre settings. Throughout her work, Esther deconstructs all forms of oppression and believes that everyone has potential, when given the opportunity.
In her work as the Executive Director of Women’s Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham (WMRCC), she is highly committed to ensuring that women, youth and children receive effective and efficient services; as well as maintaining a work environment that is free of any form of oppression. She is very passionate when it comes to issues of violence against women and children.
Education: B.A. (Hons.) Degree in Sociology/Anthropology and Women’s Studies from Carleton University in Ottawa.
Awards: YWCA Durham, Women of Distinction Award; Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Award, Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Immigration; Our Home Town Heroes Awards, Ajax-Pickering News Advertiser and Pickering Town Centre; Remarkable Woman Award, RWCC.
Favourite book? The Bible because its content empowers and strengthens me from day to day. It gives me the joy and peace and sustains me during the times of trials and tribulations.
Favourite quote? “Do not judge a book by its cover, rather by its content.”
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you have not done? Travel around the world to experience different cultures and their practices.
Who inspires you?: My parents.
Why do you do what you do? I do what I do because it is fulfilling to make a difference in other people’s lives. It is something that I am passionate about and the joy that I derive seeing the impact of my contribution changing someone’s life.