Debbie Douglas

Executive Director, OCASI (Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants)

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Debbie Douglas is the Executive Director of OCASI – the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants. Through her work in the non-profit sector, Debbie has highlighted issues of equity and inclusion including race, gender, and sexual orientation within the immigration system, and promoted the creation of safe, welcoming spaces within the settlement and integration sector. She is often called upon by governments to share her expertise. Debbie was a member of the province’s Expert Panel on Immigration which published the report Routes to Success and led to the province’s first immigration legislation (2015); she was also a member of the provincial government’s Income Security Reform Working Group, which in October of 2017 published Income Security: A Roadmap for Change. Debbie is a member of the Immigration and Refugee Advisory Committee of Legal Aid Ontario and the federal government’s National Settlement Council, co-chairs the City of Toronto’s Newcomer Leadership Table, and is a member of the management Board of the Centre of Excellence for Research in Immigration and Settlement. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Urban Alliance on Race Relations Anti-Racism Award (2014) and the YWCA Women of Distinction (2004) award.

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