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Jay Williams

Jay Williams

Jay Williams

Lifetime Achievement Award

Jay Williams was an educator for 14 years at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and was the Coordinator of Equity as well as holding portfolios in equity, anti-racism, anti-oppression, the Black Student Success and Excellence initiative at the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement and Model Schools for Inner Cities. He taught mainly Grade 8 in TDSB middle schools and was an anti-racism and anti-oppression coach for students from kindergarten through Grade 12 before joining the Centre of Black Excellence for Black Student Achievement last July as an equity co-ordinator. Williams had a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education and Promotion from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Education from Ontario Tech University.

“He is loved. By being his authentic self, he made a difference in the lives of students, families, and staff for generations to come,” said TDSB’s Karen Murray.

Storyteller and author, Itah Sadu, said Williams holds a special place in her heart.

“In January, I danced with him and several educators at a “wind down Friday” at the Blackhurst Cultural Centre. It was joyous. I will always remember how he wrapped me up as an Auntie in the warmest embrace. Thanks to his mom and family for sharing this brilliant young man and gift with us,” she said.

He is survived by his mother, Paulette Senior — he was her only child — and leaves behind his father Ron Williams and five siblings.