Jeewan Chanicka

Superintendent, equity, anti-racism, and anti-oppression, toronto district school board

Jeewan is the Superintendent of Equity, Anti-Racism & Anti-Oppression at Toronto District School Board. His work is focused on embedding an anti-oppressive approach through structures that impact student achievement and well-being. 

Jeewan's past includes his work 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 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. He has consulted 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.

Jeewan is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee award for his work in Education and Community Service, and a Promising Practices award from the Character Education Partnership based in Washington DC, for the Helping Hands initiative. He recently received a Human Rights Award from the National Council for Canadian Muslims (2017) and the Mary Samuels Educational Leadership Award in Nov 2017.

Jeewan also currently serves on the Community Advisory Group for the Ontario Human Rights Commission and sits at the Anti-Racism Directorate's Provincial Roundtable on Islamophobia.

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