Emilie was born in Ottawa and raised all over the world, before returning to Ottawa as an adult. She is a lawyer, an adult educator and a committed community member. She currently works as a program Director at the University of Ottawa’s Refugee Hub. Emilie has two children and lives with them and her partner in Ottawa’s West End. 

P4D is important to me personally, because I have school aged children and I want to be sure that they are able to learn in a safe and healthy environment that is free from discrimination and bias. P4D also matters to me because I believe that all children should be able to succeed in school. The early experiences of our children form their adult lives and it is critical that they are able to pursue their academic interests unreservedly in ways that not only bring them personal satisfaction, but also permits them to contribute to society in positive ways. As a parent, I find that it is easier to have a voice that is part of a collective of voices working toward a common goal. With P4D, I can lend my voice to others so that they feel more confident to speak up for their children.


Mante is a parent, advocate and lawyer focussing on anti-discrimination in the education system. She writes and speaks on issues related to diversity, inclusion and discrimination in schools. In 2018, Mante was recognized as Canada's 100 Accomplished Black Women for her work advocating for diverse and inclusive schools

We founded Parents for Diversity to encourage schools, parents and children to think more critically about diversity and inclusion. My children were experiencing racism from some of their class mates but the school was not taking the proper steps to address the root causes of these problems. I believe children should have the opportunity to thrive in their school environments, and this requires educators, parents and the school system to work collectively to understand discrimination and bias and to take proactive steps to address these problems.


Julia was born in Ottawa and raised in Vancouver. A lawyer by training, Julia is a policy analyst in the federal government where she worked on human rights, criminal law, health policy, and foreign policy. She is also a mother of two children she is raising in Gatineau, Quebec.


I wish there had been an organization like P4D when I first began interacting with daycares and schools. In my child's first year at school, a racial incident occurred, and I found that the teacher dealt with it in a problematic manner. I felt similarly when I found racist imagery in a book that came home from school. Having an organization like P4D to turn to for advice would have been invaluable for me at that time. Alone, it was overwhelming to confront big educational systems and I did not want to anger the people taking care of my children. It is really through coming together with other parents that I began to feel the confidence to address these issues and proactively encourage our schools to do better.”


Amber is a parent and immigrant to Canada from the United States.  A veterinary ophthalmologist by training and a former university professor, she brings an evidence-based approach to her advocacy work.

"I passionately support P4D's mission.  As a white woman, I know that my family benefits from existing structural inequities in educational settings like schools that advantage my children while disadvantaging others.  We have a responsibility to replace this system with one rooted in equity and justice, because every child has a right to an education free from discrimination.”

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Seyi was born in Toronto and raised in Whitby, Ontario. She moved to Ottawa to attend university and has since made Ottawa her home. Seyi manages organizational culture change in the area of gender and diversity within the federal public service. Seyi is married with two kids.


P4D is important to me because as a parent of children of colour it is critical for me to ensure that all children have the opportunity to learn in an inclusive, barrier-free environment. Children who are provided the space to learn and participate fully as themselves in the absence of discrimination, and negative bias can lead to a more open, respectful and innovative individual.


Kahmaria is the parent of two teenagers, a certified teacher and Founder of Onyxstasia African Diaspora Productions. She is passionate about preserving African culture, particularly in the education system to create empathy, awareness and the self-actualization of all students.

I believe equity through diversity is the key to authentic learning environments and thriving community partnerships.”


Sylvia was born and raised in Montreal. She has a doctorate in law and philosophy and currently works in the federal public service in Ottawa.

"I believe that Parents for Diversity is fulfilling a really important role in this community by raising awareness of instances of racism, sexism, and other discrimination in our schools and our children’s environment and by giving parents and teachers tools to combat discrimination and foster a diverse and inclusive space for our kids to grow up in."

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We are a collective of parents committed to achieving inclusive and non-discriminatory learning environments that allow children to fulfill their true potential in this world. We advocate for schools and families to promote diversity and inclusion and to take meaningful steps to address and eradicate discrimination and bias.

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