Country of Origin:
Trinidad and Tobago
Immigration, Black History/African Heritage, Racism/Discrimination, Identity & Heritage, Adjusting to Life in Canada
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Kirk Mark is Senior Coordinator of the Community Relations Department at the Toronto Catholic District School Board, the largest Catholic School Board in the world with 92,000 + students, 16,000 + staff and 200 + schools. He has been involved in diversity programmes in corporations, communities and schools for over 35 years with extensive travel to and consultation within the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and the United States of America. His areas of expertise are: Systemic Change Management, Professional Learning, Equity and Inclusive Education, Culturally-Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy, Student-Athletic Development, and Parent and Community Capacity Development.
Mr. Mark has presented his work, as an author and educator, to local, national and international audiences such as: the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), Cheikh Anta Diop Conference, The University of Toronto’s De-Colonizing the Spirit Conference, and various boards of education.
As a community volunteer, he shares his expertise as a Board of Director on The Canadian Alliance of Black Educators, The Urban Alliance on Race Relations, The City of Pickering Committee on Diversity and The Toronto Basketball Association, among others. In addition to being listed in Who’s Who in Black Canada (2002, 2006, 2010 Editions), as well as receiving numerous accolades, a few of his awards include: The African Canadian Achievement Award for Excellence in Education, The National Alliance of Black School Educators Ft. Worth Chapter Education Award, The UMOJA Award for Outstanding Community Service (Quebec), The Human Rights and Race Relations Centre Gold Medal Award (Ontario), and The Toronto Basketball Association Award of Excellence.