Congratulations to Monica McKay - 2015 Minaake Awards Recipient for 'Advocacy and Human Rights'!
Toronto's 3rd annual Minaake Awards were celebrated on April 14, 2015 and Monica McKay was the recipient in the prestigious 'Advocacy and Human Rights' category!
As described on their website:
'The Minaake Awards are Toronto's Aboriginal Women and Youth's Community Achievement Awards, presented by CIBC. The event brings the community together to celebrate local Aboriginal women and youth who have made positive changes in their lives, made significant contributions to their communities, and are an inspiration to others.
Advocacy and Human Rights Award
Monica McKay, Monica McKay is a member of the Nisga’a Nation and is from Laxgalts’ap (Greenville), British Columbia. She is also a member of Wilps (house) Heewa’a, and of the Gisk'aast (Killerwhale) Pdeek (clan)
Monica began as a student at the School of Social Work at Ryerson University. Through hard work and desire to create a safe space for Ryerson’s Aboriginal Student population, she created and built Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services (RASS) and was it's first Coordinator. She sought out funding to expand RASS to the support hub that it is today. She was eventually promoted to Director, Aboriginal Initiatives. Monica’s respectful, caring approach has nurtured several students, colleagues, and Toronto’s Aboriginal community members towards success and self-empowerment.Monica has been active within the TDSB, Toronto Police Services as well as a committee looking at Aboriginal issues within the City of Toronto. Today she is a board member of the Toronto Birth Centre and also incoming Chair for the Aboriginal Reference group for the Council of Ontario Universities.'
Congratulations on this remarkable achievement, Monica!