Hon. Jean augustine

Celebrated Canadian Activist & Community Builder

Dr. Jean Augustine is a Canadian political figure and activist, who was born in Grenada and immigrated to Canada in the 1960s. She is best known for her pioneering work in promoting the rights of women and girls, as well as her efforts to advance the cause of diversity and inclusiveness in Canada.

Dr. Augustine began her political career as a school trustee in Toronto and went on to serve as the first African-Canadian woman to be a Member of Parliament when she was elected to the House of Commons for the riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore from 1993 to 2006. During her time in parliament, she was a vocal advocate for women’s rights and worked to promote policies that would improve the lives of women and girls in Canada.

One of her most significant accomplishments was her role in the creation of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, which provides support and funding to programs and organizations that help women and girls in Canada. She also received unanimous parliamentary approval to officially celebrate Black History Month in Canada. She established the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community, and Diaspora, which is dedicated to advancing the education and well-being of Black women and girls. In recognition of her contributions, Dr. Augustine has been awarded numerous honours, including the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. She is widely recognized as one of Canada’s most influential women and continues to be an inspiration to many.