Hon. Jean Augustine PC, CM, CBE was the first African-Canadian woman to be elected to the House of Commons. She was elected in the riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore in 1993 & sat in Parliament until 2006. During this time, she served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Minister of State & Deputy Speaker.
In 2007, Dr. Jean Augustine was nominated by the Government of Ontario as Fairness Commissioner, a position created to advocate for Canadians with foreign credentials. Dr. Augustine retired from the position of Fairness Commissioner in March 2015.
Among Dr. Augustine’s many achievements & honours includes leading the motion that allowed for the placement of the Famous Five statue on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, & the motion that created Black History Month in Canada.
Dr. Augustine has received honorary Doctor of Laws degree from four universities & has been recognized by having the Jean Augustine Girls’ Leadership Academy, Jean Augustine Secondary School, & the Jean Augustine Chair in Education at York University named in her honour.
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