BIOGRAPHY

About jeewan chanicka

jeewan chanicka is currently the CEO/Superintendent of a growing International American School system based in Dubai. He is the former Superintendent of Equity, Anti-Racism & Anti-Oppression and Superintendent of Schools in Canada's largest school district - Toronto District School Board.

jeewan's professional past includes his work as an Education Officer at the Ministry of Education in Ontario in the Inclusive Education Branch and prior to that, a principal and teacher in York Region District School Board. He has also worked in the international education setting as a teacher and curriculum writer.

He has a BA in Conflict Resolution and Culturally Appropriate Forms of Mediation and his Masters Degree in Education. jeewan has had a rich career which includes consultation with the United Nations University of Peace as part of a team to develop a curriculum framework on Peace Education in the Islamic context implemented in various parts of the world. He was also a torchbearer for the 2015 PanAm Games held in Toronto.

In 2015, jeewan and his school staff & community received the Premier's Safe and Accepting School's award. The school used Inclusive Design as transformative process with a focus on social justice to shift school culture and practice. In June of that year, Jeewan was hosted at the Anne Frank House where he shared this journey with educators from around the world. Prior to that he worked for two years in Abu Dhabi, UAE where he helped to open an international school and develop/write curriculum following IB requirements with an explicit social justice narrative embedded within it focused on social identities, race and the environment.

He has been a speaker across North America and Europe and a community organizer and activist for over the past 25 years on a variety of issues around equity, inclusion, anti-oppression, youth-parent engagement, anti-Indigenous/anti-Black Racism. jeewan has written articles on human rights, equity and inclusion for newspapers, books and publications. He had a blog with Huffington Post Canada.

He currently serves on the Community Advisory Group for the Ontario Human Rights Commission and served on the Anti-Racism Directorate's Provincial Roundtable on Islamophobia while it was operational.

jeewan's awards include the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee award for his work in Education and Community Service, a Promising Practices award from the Character Education Partnership based in Washington DC, for the Helping Hands initiative. He has also received a Human Rights Award from the National Council for Canadian Muslims (2017) and the Mary Samuels Educational Leadership Award in Nov 2017 from Harmony Movement.