Category Archives: Harmony Community Educator Award Winner

Ivan Coyote

2018: Ivan Coyote

2018 Harmony Community Educator Award

Ivan Coyote

Ivan Coyote is the author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, six full-length live shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. He is a seasoned stage performer, and over the last two decades has become an audience favourite at storytelling, writer’s, film, poetry, and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam and Australia.

The Globe and Mail called Coyote “a natural-born storyteller.” Ottawa Xpress reported that “Coyote is to Canadian literature what k.d. lang is to country music: a beautifully odd fixture.”

Ivan often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation — but always with a generous heart, a quick wit, and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur. His stories remind of us of our own fallible and imperfect humanity while at the same time inspiring us to change the world.

2017: Itah Sadu

2017 Harmony Community Educator Award

Itah Sadu
Co-Owner, A Different Booklist Cultural Centre

By Oscar Brathwaite

Itah’s objective is simple and to the point: to work with organizations that engage in programs for youth with the focus on education, pathways to success and community economic development.

Itah’s youth entrepreneurship program designs have been adapted as models for job placement opportunities, skill development and leaders-in-training programming. One such program was the Fresh Elements/Fresh Arts initiative designed for youth to develop technical and production skills in the cultural industries.

Featured on the African Canadian History 2011 Poster, Itah has contributed to the legacy of African Canadians with the naming of Toronto sites in honour of their contributions. She is a bestselling children’s author, whose books have been adopted by schools for curriculum and adapted to film.

Itah is the co-owner of A Different Booklist, one of the few independent bookstores left in Toronto that reflects the diversity of Toronto.

Oscar Brathwaite is a founder and principle consultant at Technical Education and Training International and Canadian Association for Business Economics. He is also a mentor to Itah Sadu.

Video: Itah Sadu award acceptance.

Farrah Khan Photo

2016: Farrah Khan

Farrah Khan PhotoHarmony Community Educator Award Recipient: Farrah Khan

Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education, Ryerson University

By Heather Lane Vetere

Farrah Khan is a nationally recognized gender justice advocate with organizations such as the Barbra Schlifer Clinic and METRAC. She has also developed the award-winning program Outburst! Young Muslim Women’s Project.

In 2015, she joined Ryerson University as the inaugural coordinator for the Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education.  In a short time, she has developed and led impactful education, awareness and training campaigns, in addition to providing frontline support to the university’s students, faculty and staff who have been impacted by sexual violence. For many at the university, Farrah is a safe, trustworthy, and empowering advocate on campus.

In 2015, Farrah developed, with other feminists, the #WeBelieveSurvivors campaign in response to the Ghomeshi trial. The hashtag became a rallying cry that dominated social media and reframed public discourse on sexual violence. It led to marches from the Yukon to Halifax and self-care events that included the launch of “We Believe You” colouring and activity book – a free resource for survivors and supporters that Farrah wrote.

On campus, Farah supports survivors’ leadership helping them engage with mainstream media, lobby policymakers and build campaigns. Off campus, she mentors young feminists groups including We Give Consent, Project Slut and femifesto.

Farrah was named co-chair of Ontario’s first provincial roundtable on Violence Against Women in March 2015.

Heather Lane Vetere is Vice-Provost, Students at Ryerson University. She oversaw the consolidation of student learning supports to one centralized location in the university’s award-winning Student Learning Centre.

Video: Farrah Khan award acceptance.