Akosua Tiwaah Bonsu
She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Adv.) in global political economy. She completed a thesis entitled “To What Extent Does Resilience Theory Influence our Understanding of the Mental Health Outcomes of Refugee Youth Coming to Canada”, which explored the mental health experiences of young Syrians refugees resettled across the country. Additionally, she studied Australian politics and socio-legal studies at the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia.
Akosua is a policy and program analyst with the Government of Manitoba in the department of municipal relations
Mother to my daughter and seeing her growing into an amazing young adult
Being a single mom to one of Gods miracles. My son started his life journey in an incubator, he was born three months premature. My amazing son is now 22 years old, he’s a healthy and confident young man living out his God given purpose. Becoming a University Graduate, after being told by a grade school counsellors that University wasn’t for me. Being part of the fundraising team which contributed to the building and sustaining of the operations of the Windsor Life Centre, a faith-based addiction treatment home for women.
1. Receiving a merit award for distinguished contribution to the office of the Clerk and Prime Ministers office. 2. Granting of recognition Award for contribution to the work of Treaty Bodies (CERD) and standing for Canada at the United Nations. 3. Achieving a tangible increase in diversity in judicial appointments for women of colour and other disadvantaged groups in Ontario.
1. My children are my greated accomplishment; 2. My work: Ability to support and increase equality-seeking NGOs working to address issues that affect women and girls across Canada (Gender-based violence, Leadership empowerment, etc.); 3. Going back school as an adult and was able to complete my degree
My greatest accomplishment is successfully raising my children, Julian, Jermain and Jessica, with my husband Franchot. I am grateful for the families they have built with loving partners and the love of my five grandchildren. I was also honoured to receive the Anglican Church Women (ACW) Woman of the Year Award from Christ Church Anglican Stouffville in 2013 and to fulfill my dream of writing my first childrens book, Rhonda the Panda in 2014.
Bachelor in Social Science & Psychology from the University of Ottawa. Crime Prevention Ottawa Award Finalist Recipient. Business Owner
My three major accomplishments are: Having raised two wonderful and self-sufficient young men; secondly, the creation of Flos Seniors Health and Care Programs Network Inc; and my third accomplishment is being able to be a community volunteer for over 20 years and still going.
My greatest accomplishment to date is successfully delivering 4 children by Cesarean section, loving, nurturing and guiding them to be the best versions of themselves. Being elected and reelected to the Peel District school board as a trustee representing Brampton in wards 3/4 is my second greatest accomplishment especially because I believe that my advocacy and my perseverance played an important role towards the meaningful dismantling of systemic Anti-Black Racism in education. Surviving the trauma of advocating for the humanity of Black students and demanding that their human rights be recognized as they pursue an education is something that I am proud of especially since the changes are significant, permanent and my future grandchildren may have an education in Ontario free of discrimination, racism and hate. My third greatest accomplishment is making the Jamaican Chess Olympic team.
Developing Riddim Fitness Inc. and the Riddim Cultural Arts Program, writing and developing courses for municipal governments, school boards and not-for-profits for the betterment of Black children youth and families, and raising two Black children with my husband; children who are happy, healthy and grounded in the love of their family and community.
Earning a law degree, my admission to the Quebec Bar, and having practiced law in both official languages. Overcoming my fear of public speaking and earning the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award. Being a vocal advocate for the marginalized and the voiceless in the workplace and in the community.
Being a parent to 2 wonderful adult children whom I have been blessed to raise for most of their lives as a single parent. Being instrumental in creating the first Access to Justice Team in Canada who provided training on Gender Based Violence in East Africa. Last but by no means least, having this auspicious nomination as one of 100 ABC Women in Canada.
1. I was appointed in 2018 as Canadian Citizenship Judge (1 of only 9, first merit based appointment of judges, only Black judge, first paralegal and RCIC appointed as a CJ),2. First paralegal to be awarded with the Lincoln Alexander Award by the Law Society of Ontario (nomination sent for another award and the Treasurer saw my application and sought to change the rules to award the Lincoln Alexander Award to me), 3. I am the first Black professor in Mohawk College’s Paralegal Program
My top three major accomplishments are being the recipient of the Universal Womens Network (UWN) 2019 Women of Inspiration award for Diversity and Inclusiveness, named one of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women 2022, and the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award 2022 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP).