2018 – Jean Augustine

Jean Augustine is the first African Canadian woman elected to the House of Commons. She came to Canada as a nanny and then became a school teacher and school principal. She served as Parliamentary Secretary to Jean Chretien. She has been instrumental in advancing rights for women as the minister of state for Multiculturalism and the status of women. She was Ontario’s first Fairness Commissioner and a strong advocate for the rights of black women.

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