Education systems must work to close persistent
identity-based achievement and well-being gaps.
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jeewan chanicka

jeewan chanicka

Educator, Scholar-Practitioner,

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.

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Awards / Recognition

  • 2018: Vaughan African Canadian Association, “Legacy” Award for addressing Anti-Black racism
  • 2018: Council of Agencies Serving South Asians – South Asian Heritage Month 2018 Official Poster: Trailblazers
  • 2017: Adopted into Turtle Island First Nations through Ceremony at Turtle Lodge
  • 2017: Mary Samuels Leadership in Education Award
  • 2017: Civic Courage Award- Muslimfest
  • 2017: Human Rights Award- National Council for Canadian Muslims
  • 2015: Workplace Diversity and Human Rights Certificate – Ontario Human Rights Commission
  • 2015: Pan Am Games Torchbearer
  • 2014-15: Premier’s Award for Safe and Accepting Schools (Ontario)
  • 2013: Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award
  • 2013: Asian Canadian Educators Network Award
  • 2012: Association of Education for Black Students Milestones Award
  • 2006: Promising Practices – Character Education Partnership Washington D.C
  • 2006: CAMP- Excellence in Community Service
  • 2002: “I have flown higher” North Albion Collegiate Institute
  • 1994: Canadian Council for Multicultural & Intercultural Education

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.

Recent News


Unpacking Anti-Black Sentiments in Communities of Colour

The UTM Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office in partnership with UTM’s Connections and Conversation brings you Non-Black IPOC Allyship: Unpacking Anti-Black Sentiments in Communities of Colour.

Event Description: Often times when we engage in conversations around racism, it’s viewed from a binary lens – Whites racist towards Blacks; however, anti-Blackness is very pervasive in communities of colour, it shows up as prejudice, colourism and internalized racism. To work towards dismantling racism we have to address anti-Blackness that exists within POC communities, otherwise racism itself will never be eradicated. In this discussion, we will talk about anti-Blackness in communities of colour and discuss ways of standing in solidarity together. *Please note, this event is intended for those who identify as Black, Indigenous & People of Colour (BIPOC).


Breaking Barriers

At Learning Forward Ontario’s Virtual Ignite Session on Sept 30th 2020 jeewan was invited to present.


Dear fellow brown people, we need to have a talk

Dear brown people : a warning i m about to wash some to wash some dirty linen in public consider this an overdue act of though love.
by, Shree Paradkar


Brown Complicity in White Supremacy – towards solidarity for Black lives

This webinar happened with Dr. Vidya Shah and Dr. Herveen Singh on June 19th – it was a discussion about how Brown Complicity, Brown Fragility and Brown Privilege often works (at times without people realizing it) to uphold White Supremacy.


Building AQ Courses with an Anti-Oppressive Stance

In spite of all the advances in education, some students still fall behind, according to jeewan chanicka, OCT, of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).


jeewan chanicka honoured as PanAm torchbearer

Jeewan Chanicka is excited and proud to be chosen as a Pan Am Torch Relay Torchbearer for the upcoming Pan Am Games set to take place in Toronto and surrounding areas this summer after being selected out of 100 volunteers and community leaders chosen by President’s Choice.

Twitter Feeds

To all those celebrating #YomKippur - best wishes for an easy fast and g’mar tov to you and your loved ones.

Whether with staff or students, feeling safe to be yourself is something we to model and teach. It’s also something we have to cultivate in our school cultures. Creating safe spaces where people can feel good in their skin should be part of the mission of school. #MentorMonday

Saw #WomanKing tonite 😭💜
Makes me think of stories & the history hidden from us as colonial stories were told. tears all the way thru. It's a MUST watch!
Fyi- Hollywood creativity & a couple trigger warnings! (Not for kids)
Take Kleenex!
#BlackWomen #BlackHerstory

As we mark National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and #OrangeShirtDay, we need to ask how do we honour Indigenous identities? Inspired by @WRDSB students who are responding to #TRC to change their community. #EveryChildMatters

I'm finally in a place where I am comfortable sharing this part of my ancestry. We lost much with colonization. After almost a 10 year journey, it felt like coming home. I cried http://Every.Single.Day I was there. #aloha #Hawaii #land #water #indigenous

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