Dr. Nancy Simms
Education is one of the key bridges to equity. This belief guides Nancy’s work in the areas of anti-violence, anti-discrimination, literacy, human resources, and human rights. Her contributions to social justice demonstrate that education is of enormous importance in the task of dismantling inequity. From Nancy’s perspective, inequity takes the form of attitudinal, institutional, economic, and cultural barriers that diminish every person’s quality of life, regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, and any other social locations.
At the Jane-Finch Literacy Centre, Ms. Simms taught first language literacy to Caribbean and Latin American women; moreover, she taught and developed courses in the assaulted women and children’s program at George Brown College. During her time at the Ministry of the Solicitor General and Correctional Services, she was the manager for sexual assault centres across the province of Ontario. As a human resources manager at Dynamex Canada, Nancy played a pivotal role in developing and introducing policies that made the corporation markedly better at complying with human rights and anti-discrimination legislation.