Aline Nizigama

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Originally from Burundi (East Africa), I am currently Manager of Language and Accessible Services at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board where she ensures access to quality services for Francophone, other multilingual clients, and clients with accommodation needs. I have previously held Senior Policy Advisor positions at the Government of Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-term Care and Ministry of Francophone Affairs.

Prior to joining the public sector, I was Manager of Programs and Projects at YWCA Canada, the country’s oldest largest women's multi-service organization. She has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Toronto. For the past 5 years, I have been Chair of the Board of Directors of Margaret's Housing and Community Support Services, and President of Haguruka Burundian Women's Association based in Toronto. In the latter role, I leads the development and implementation of microcredit programs to assist women in extreme need in Burundi.

I am passionate about many social issues related to public policy and research from a social justice framework, including access to housing, mental health and wellbeing, poverty reduction, health equity, and international development promoting women’s rights. I would describe myself as an intersectional feminist, art and science lover, and an advocate for marginalized populations everywhere. For my community leadership work, I was acknowledged as a Role Model as part of the 2016 Black Canadian Awards by the Diversity Advancement Network.

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