As an immigrant and racialized woman, I experienced firsthand, the trials of finding a teaching job worthy of my credentials, job loss, and the continuous struggle to break through barriers that seemed to block my path to success. Amanda J Edwin
Hi, I am Amanda, thanks for visiting Own Your Power where my goal is to celebrate and empower racialized women. My mother has always been my guiding force as I grew up watching her advocate for women and her community. No surprise, I also fell into the role of a social advocate as a teacher and this grew when I moved to Canada. My experiences and struggles only intensified my passion for advocacy and empowerment of racialized women like me.
In earlier years, I have facilitated workshops for parenting groups which included topics such as Anger Management, The Role of the Parent, and Disciplining the Young Child, and staff development workshops that focused on improving teacher professionalism and effectiveness.
My advocacy did not stop there. A few years after immigrating to Canada, I felt more comfortable in my new environment to pick up where I left off in Trinidad and Tobago. Currently, I volunteer with the Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region actively serving on the Board of Directors for seven years now.
Being a part of this non-profit organization gives me first-hand insight into the systemic injustices faced by Blacks and other racialized members of the community, and gives me an opportunity to work alongside like-minded individuals to find ways to alleviate some of the issues.
As an immigrant and racialized woman, I experienced firsthand, the trials of finding a teaching job worthy of my credentials, job loss, and the continuous struggle to break through barriers that seemed to block my path to success. Besides my husband’s unwavering support, I pushed through the roadblocks out of pure need and resilience; my family’s existence and survival depended on that.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, I began hosting weekly Facebook Lives entitled Breakthrough to Success which focused on resilience and empowerment. The videos can be viewed on my YouTube Channel. My goal is to celebrate and empower racialized women and fortify them with the motivation and strength they need to push through systemic barriers. Writing also became a medium to share my thoughts on the topics that I am passionate about.
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