Dear Friends of Level,
We are thrilled to announce the appointment of our new Program Manager - Human Rights, Shani Ocquaye, effective September 3, 2019.
Shani is a lawyer who is passionate about community-based organizing, empowering disenfranchised and vulnerable communities and working with children and youth. She seeks to incorporate critical race theory and anti-oppression principles into her day-to-day work as an advocate.
Shani completed her undergraduate degree in criminology and women's studies at the University of Ottawa. She went on to complete her law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School. During her time in law school, she was the President of the Black Law Students' Association of Osgoode and a family law division leader at the Community & Legal Aid Services Programme, a student-run legal clinic. After law school, Shani completed her articling term at the Office of the Children's Lawyer, where she provided legal representation to youth in the areas of child welfare, family law, and estates matters. Following law school, she worked briefly as a family lawyer in private practice.
Shani is keen on challenging systems of oppression and racism/anti-Black racism and uplifting marginalized communities in her professional and personal life. As a proud Ghanaian-Canadian, she enjoys giving back to the community that raised her. She is an active member of the Ghanaian-Canadian Association of Ontario and participates in various initiatives in order to support the youth in her community.
We are excited to welcome Shani to Level and are confident that her experience and enthusiasm in the human rights sector will enable her to take Level's human rights programming to heights.
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