Jaemar Ivey

STUDENT DIRECTOR (2019-2020)

Well-known as a powerful communicator with an excellent reputation across the community health, human services and housing service sector for strengthening relationships to deliver complex multi-stakeholder initiatives on schedule, and in excess of expectations, it is with great enthusiasm that I take on the role of Student Director at the OASW.

As a gay black male immigrant in Canada, the experiences of oppression along the axes of race, sexual orientation, place of origin and gender prompted an interest in leadership roles with the platform for change to a more inclusive, supportive and healthy environment with reduced barriers for marginalized and/or disenfranchised individuals. The passion and desire for social justice and advocacy led me to the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW) where I am currently enrolled as an MSW Student in Human Services Management and Leadership. This supplements two conferred bachelor’s degrees: one in Social Work from the University of Manitoba; and another in Chemistry with a minor in Gender & Development Studies from the University of the West Indies.

As a strategic, innovative and visionary leader with strong organization and relationship management skills, joining the OASW as the Student Director is a privilege and an opportunity to ensure the student voice is well represented within the Social Work profession. Previously as a Board Director at Second Base Youth Shelter from 2014 to 2017; now the Director of Internal Operations for the University of Toronto’s Race & Ethnicity Caucus; and, the Advanced Standing Graduate Student Association (GSA) Faculty Council Representative at the FIFSW, I have developed an extensive and highly-responsive professional network that serves as great avenues and pathways for identifying new strategies for increased student engagement across the Province.  Together - with our commitment - we will strengthen the voice of the OASW.