CCGSD has hired Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah to be its new Executive Director!
Debbie is a passionate Black feminist; an anti-racist and social justice advocate who has participated in and led community organizing through Ottawa Dyke March and Harmony House Women’s Shelter. In 2017, she was a recipient of a Femmy Award for her feminist and youth leadership in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Her approach to community-building is empathetic, diplomatic and strong.
Debbie is a first-generation Ghanaian-Canadian, Black cisgender queer woman. She draws heavily from Black feminist theory to pay homage to Black lesbian activists who have been trailblazers in social justice organizing. She believes that the lived experiences of the people from marginalized communities makes them the experts on their experiences and will actively fill in the gaps when it comes to adopting intersectionality framework into programming, advocacy, research and policies.
With all that she has to offer, we are certain she will be the leader that CCGSD needs and deserves. Debbie is a visionary who will incorporate an authentic lens into every part of CCGSD’s promotion of gender and sexual diversity across Canada.