UARR Race Relations Award Winners

Debbie Douglas

Debbie Douglas is an active feminist and anti-racism activist. She is the Executive Director of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants where she leads a sector of more than 230 agencies concerned with immigrant and refugee integration and social and economic inclusion. In the late 1980’s and 1990’s she was active in the leadership of Ontario’s first shelter geared to abused immigrant women; was also an advocate for Employment Equity and worked to establish anti-discriminatory systems and practices in public institutions with a focus on the intersection of identities. Debbie serves on numerous boards including the Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement, Women’s College Hospital, and co-chairs the City of Toronto’s Newcomer Leadership Table. She is the former co-chair of the National Working Group on Immigration and Settlement at the Canadian Council for Refugees. In 2004 she received the YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Award.

Debbie Douglas is one of the recipients slated to receive the Urban Alliance on Race Relations Award for her years of public service. The award will be presented on Thursday, September 18th, at the UARR’s Fundraising Dinner.


Lloyd McKell has over forty years of experience as an educator, activist, and community leader. He has devoted a lifetime to advancing equity and inclusion for racialized youth and families. He began his illustrious career at the Harriet Tubman Organization, where he worked with youth. He was the Executive Officer for Student and Community Equity at the Toronto District School Board for over thirty five years. In 2007, Lloyd led the process for establishing Canada’s first Africentric school. He helped establish the Race Relations Advisory Committee of the TDSB and served on many committees including: Central Coordinator of Community Involvement Inner City Advisory Committee, French as a Second Language Advisory Committee and Aboriginal Community Advisory. He currently co-chairs the Mandela Legacy Committee and is spearheading the initiative to rename University Avenue as Nelson Mandela Boulevard. In 2005 he was awarded the African Canadian Achievement Award for Excellence in Education.

Lloyd McKell is one of the recipients slated to receive the Urban Alliance on Race Relations Award for his years of public service. The award will be presented on Thursday, September 18th, at the UARR’s Fundraising Dinner.


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