Janelle is an influential member in the community. Janelle has a humble soul. She is patient, kind and well respected among her peers, community members and those she interacts with. Janelle was willing when called on to volunteer her time on a project with FLICC. This is YOF-funded (Ontario Trillium Foundation) project and is geared to support Black Parents and newcomers on how to navigate the school system for their children support other parents as well. Janelle used her experience and research to motivate leadership, encourage and inspire parents to participate. Parents are now comfortable to take on roles, to lead, to plan, to Mobilize and to organize. The community is lucky to have great leaders like her.
Executive Director, Firgrove Learning and Innovation Community Centre
I've had the honour of working with Janelle on multiple occasions: we collaborated closely throughout our time running the Downsview Advocate together, and we both served on the ONDP's Executive. Janelle has also been an advisor at Progress Toronto, a not-for-profit organization where I act as Project Manager. Throughout our work together, Janelle always prioritized collaboration in working relationships, and she has consistently demonstrated her commitment to centering communities and individuals in need. Janelle is dedicated to mentorship, and to making her academic work accessible and relevant to community organizing.
Project Manager, Progress Toronto
Former Editor and current Advisor Downsview Advocate
Janelle is a natural leader and an asset to the Black Creek neighbourhood.
Her dedication to community building is evident in her constant activity through various initiatives including the Downsview Advocate as well as her equity promotion activities. Janelle bridges her research and academic work with her local work, and the community is better for it.
Director of Programs and Community Development
Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre
Planning Committee & Co-Lead Organizer. (2016). Decolonizing Conference Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies 2016 ‘Race, Anti-Racism and Indigeneity: Anti-Colonial Resurgence and Decolonial Resistance’, OISE, University of Toronto https://decolonizingconference.com/schedule/
Ontario NDP. 2016 – Present.
Progress Toronto, 2018 – Present.
General Board Member
Regenesis, 2018 – Present.
Toronto Women’s March Organizing Committee, 2017 & 2018.
Board of Directors, Community Forward (Formerly Mentoring Arts Tutoring Athletics [MATA]). 2015 – 2018.
Director of Mentorship
Sociology Undergraduate Students’ Association (SUSA). 2011-2012.
President & Founder
Mentoring Arts Tutoring Athletics (MATA) at York. 2011 – 2012.
Keynote Address. Metro Hall Employment and Social Services Black History Month Committee Event. Brady, J. (2021). Brady, J. (2021, February)
Virtual Panel. Anti-Black Racism and its Impacts on Mental Health. #AskCDI Series. Child Development Institute. Hardware, S., Edwards, L., Brady, J., Walker, A. (2020, October)
Virtual Panel. Power, Equity, and Privilege Series: Anti-Black Racism. George Brown College. Brady, J., with Dryden, O., & Tecle, S. (2020, October).
Guest Speaker. Women in Politics. Peggy Nash, Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University, Women in the House Program (POG 494). Brady, J. (2020, September).
Virtual Event. Moderator. #ScholarsStrike Canada, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education conversation with Sandy Hudson. Brady, J. (2020, September).
CIARS in Conversation series. Co-Moderator. Dismantling anti-Black racism in schooling and education: Fighting the global racial and health pandemics.
Brady, J. (2020, September)
Virtual reading and teach-in. Janelle’s decolonizing Caribbean kitchen. Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, OISE Stay at Home Club. OISE Alumni & Friends Leadership Series. Brady, J. (2020, August).
Panelist. International Panel. Youth Engagement for Global Action: Global Youth Empowerment Summit. Future Focus Empowerment Institute International.
Brady, J. (2020, July).
Invited Guest Speaker. Virtual Presentation. Anti-Black Racism and Student Life: Moving Towards Action and Change. Centennial College. Brady, J., & Hardware, S. (2020, July).
Panelist. International Panel. Women Excellence: The Journey to Walking in your Purpose. We Rise Global Organization. Brady, J. (2020, June)
Virtual Town Hall. Anti-Black Racism in the Public Service. Panelist. United Taxation Employees, Toronto North, hosted by Nicholas Thompson.
Brady, J. (2020, June)
Virtual Panel. . Discussing Racism with Children. #AskCDI Series. Child Development Institute. Hardware, S., Brady, J., & Walker, A. (2020, June)
Virtual Webinar. Moderator. Addressing Anti-Black Racism in the Education System: Black Faculty in Conversation with panelists: Dei, G., Lopez, A., Wane, N., McCready, L., & Campbell, A. Centre for Leadership and Diversity. Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Brady, J. (2020, May)
Closing Plenary, Educational conference: Rethinking African Education, with Professors Joseph Anamuah-Mensah, Kola Raheem, George Dei, and Rector Kwaku Ansa Asare. University of Winneba, Winneba, Ghana. Brady, J. (2019, December).
Panel Presentation and workshop facilitation: The Board is Afrocentric. Black Governance and Leadership Project. TAIBU Community Health Centre, University of Toronto Scarborough campus. Toronto, ON. Brady, J. (2019, October).
Panel Presentation: Education and Mentoring supports for Black children and families. The Circle of Support Community Fair. Children’s Aid of Toronto. Toronto, ON. Brady, J. (2019, June).
Keynote Presentation: The intersectionality between politics and social justice in Ontario. Youth in Politics, Teacher Professional Development Workshop. York University, Toronto, ON. Brady, J., & de Dovitiis, M. (2018, August).
Speaker: Healing the African- Caribbean Divide. 1ST Annual Black women’s gathering - health, wellness, and healing. OISE, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.
Wane, N.N., Lopez, A., Kiupsi, S., Spencer, J., & Brady, J. (2018, April).
Paper presentation: Anti-Black racism in education: A Black-Africana feminist response. Paper presented at the Social Justice Education Brown Bag Talk Series, OISE, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON. Brady, J. (2017, November).
Keynote Ted Talk Presentation: Shift in the workforce: Addressing challenges and changes. Youth Day. Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, ON.
Brady, J. (2017, November).
Panelist: The Jamaican youth diaspora experience in Canada. In Government of Jamaica (Chair), Future Leaders Panel. Invited speaker at the symposium conducted at the meeting of the 6th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Brady, J. (2015, June).
PEER-REVIEWED PRESENTATIONS (International, National, and Local)
It takes a village: African Indigenous knowledges, resistance, and critical community-building by Black mothers. Paper presented at the Educational Conference: Rethinking African Education, Ope/Fall Institute, University of Winneba, Winneba, Ghana. Brady, J. (2019, December).
How can educators understand educational and schooling problems through Black mothering perspectives? A Black feminist educational study. Paper presented at the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), New York, NY. Brady, J. (2019, August).
Holistic approaches to refugee student education: A video series for teachers and policymakers. Videos presented at the 17th International Association for the Study of Forced Migration conference. Thessaloniki, Greece. Ratković, S., Kovačević, D., Brewer, C. A., Ahmed, N., & Brady, J. (2018, July).
Black Canadian university student experiences and the vertical mosaic of multiculturalism. Paper presented at the American Educational Studies Association (AESA), Pittsburgh, PA. Butler, A., & Brady, J. (2017, November).
Supporting War and Terrorism Affected Students: What Can We Learn from Each Other? Paper presented at The Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED), Karachi, Pakistan. Ratković, S., Kovačević, D., Brewer, C., Ahmed, N., Brady, J., & Ellis. C. (2017, August).
Community-school partnerships: A Black feminist response. Paper presentation at the 2017 Annual American Educational Research Association (AERA), Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX. Brady, J. (2017, April).
Toronto District School Board upgrades through African Indigenous epistemologies. Paper presentation at the 10th Annual Decolonizing the Spirit International Conference, Embu University, Embu, KE. Abawi, A & Brady J. (2016, July).
The coloniality of community-school ‘partnerships’: A historical comparative analysis of the jokers in Theatre of the Oppressed. Paper presentation at the 14th Annual Conference of Californian Association of Freirean Educators (CAFE), and UCLA Paulo Freire Institute (PFI) Liberatory Pedagogy: Theatre of the Oppressed, University of California, LA. Brady, J. (2016, April).
Engaging intersectionality through a Black Canadian feminism perspective: Understanding the resistance of Black mothers in neo-liberal contexts. Paper presented at the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA), Vancouver, B.C. Brady, J. (2019, June).
Educating refugee students: What knowledge do Canadian teachers and teacher candidates need? Paper Presented at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON. Ratkovic, S., Kavacevic, D., Brewer, C., Ahmed, N., & Brady, J. (2017, June).
A Black Canadian feminist theorization of mothering Black youth in education. Paper presentation at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON. Brady, J. (2016, June). On the coloniality of community-school partnerships. Paper presentation at the Annual Canadian Sociological Association Conference, Congress 2016 of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. Brady, J. (2017, June).
Anti-Black racism in education: A Black feminist response. Paper presentation at the Second Annual Meeting of the Sociology of Education Cluster – Canadian Sociological Association (CSA), McMaster University, Hamilton, ON. Brady, J. (2017, January).
Anti-Colonial dialogue in settler-state education. Paper presentation at the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies’ (CIARS) Decolonizing Conference. Ontario Institute for studies in Education/UT, Toronto, ON. Abawi, Z. & Brady, J. (2016, November).
Disrupting Dolls and Princesses: A pedagogical moment in dismantling Eurocentric norms of beauty through anti-colonial theory. Paper presentation at the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies’ (CIARS) Decolonizing Conference. Ontario Institute for studies in Education/UT, Toronto, ON. Brady, J., & Abawi, Z. (2016, November).
Toronto District School Board (TDSB) upgrades through African Indigenous epistemologies. Presentation at Black Lives Matter: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives on Black Liberation and Activism, Harriet Tubman Institute, York University, Toronto, ON. Abawi, A & Brady, J. (2016, May).
A conversation on the reality of modern-day streaming: A study on students’ transitions from grade eight to nine. Paper presentation at the Rosa Bruno- Jofré Symposium, Queens University, Kingston, ON. Brady, J. (2016, February).
The risky business of being labelled “at-risk”: An analysis of the educational placement of students in their transition from grade 8 to grade 9. Paper presentation at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education roundtable, Congress 2015 of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON. Brady, J. (2015, May).