(Toronto – November 22, 2018/CNW/) The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) warmly welcomes Teresa Woo-Paw to the position of Chairperson, following her recently-announced Governor-in-Council appointment.
“We are delighted by the appointment of Teresa Woo-Paw to the Chairperson position, and we look forward to working with her to fulfill the CRRF’s vision, mission, and mandate” stated Dr. Lilian Ma, CRRF Executive Director.
Ms. Woo-Paw holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from the University of Calgary and has dedicated her career to promoting active civic engagement and volunteerism, social inclusion, cross-cultural understanding and antidiscrimination awareness.
An active part of her community for 40 years, Ms. Woo-Paw founded seven organizations including the Asian Heritage Foundation, the ACCT Foundation, the Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary (Action Dignity) and the Calgary Chinese Community Services Association as well as served on over 30 committees and boards at local, provincial and national levels. Ms. Woo-Paw is also a member of the Calgary Arts Foundation currently.
Her community service has earned Ms. Woo-Paw an Immigrant of Distinction Award, YWCA’s Woman of Distinction Award, the Chinese Canadian Legend Award, the Queen’s Jubilee Award for Multiculturalism and Community Services, the Canada 125th Commemorative Award for Community Services and the Queen Elizabeth’s 60 th Jubilee Award.
Ms. Woo-Paw is the first Trustee and Chair of the Calgary Board of Education of Asian Canadian descent (1995 to 1999) and the first female Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and Cabinet Minister of Asian Canadian descent (2008-2015).
The CRRF is also delighted to welcome Chiamaka Mọgọ as a new member of the Board of Directors. Chiamaka Mọgọ was raised in Nigeria and is from the Igbo tribe. She is currently a Master's degree student in Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia. She has volunteered and worked for several organizations/institutions in Africa, as well as in Canada that promote equity and inclusion. Her past and current professional affiliations include, the: Engage Africa Foundation (Volunteer), Canadian Red Cross (Case Worker), African Marine Environment Sustainability Initiative (Board Member), University of British Columbia (Policy Analyst), Association of African Business Schools (Guest Speaker) — to name a few.
Chiamaka has received several awards in recognition of her intellectual promise and commitment to fostering resilient societies. She has been listed on the Black Canadian Awards’, National Wall of Role Models; received a $10,000 entrance scholarship from the University of British Columbia; given the Stuntman Stu Community Builder award, by the Proud to Be Me youth awards’ organizers and; named one of the 100 Black women to watch in Canada by CIBWE.
About the Canadian Race Relations Foundation
The purpose of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation is to facilitate throughout Canada the development, sharing and application of knowledge and expertise in order to contribute to the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination in Canadian society. The work of the Foundation is premised on the desire to create and nurture an inclusive society based on equity, social harmony, mutual respect and human dignity. Its underlying principle in addressing racism and racial discrimination emphasizes positive race relations and the promotion of shared Canadian values of human rights and democratic institutions.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Lilian Ma
416 441 1900