BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Keep6ix Board of Directors

Opal McKenzie

President

Opal McKenzie is the President of Keep6ixOrg, and actively serves her community with over 20+ years of experience in various volunteer and employment capacities. Opal has experience supporting her community in conflict resolution and crisis intervention, working with multiple outreach and mobile crisis teams. She provides support to clients and their families, with a diverse caseload, ensuring that the societal disadvantages of those from marginalized communities are considered. Opal sat on the board of the Toronto Adventist District School Board from 1996-2017, and served as vice-chair on the board from 2004-2006. From 1999-2018 Opal volunteered with Black Business Professional Association working on the yearly Martin Luther King Jr. production. Opal is passionate about helping individuals realize and achieve their full potential, prioritizing her focus on the Black community to ensure full support for success.

Herman Henry

Herman Henry studied Sports Administration at Durham College. Herman worked at VIA Rail Canada as a Steward waiter, he then moved on to work with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services as a Correctional Officer and Acting Manager. Herman is a sports enthusiast who enjoys Boxing, Kickboxing, Soccer, Football and Basketball. As a Prince Hall Mason, Herman is involved in charity activities.

Audny-Cashae Stewart

Audny-Cashae Stewart is a student at the University of Toronto studying Women and Gender Studies. Audny advocates for issues pertaining to the Black Community. At age 12 years old, Audny started creating Black History Month Assemblies for her Elementary school. Audny has a passion for educating people about her culture which led to the creation of the first Black student Union and Alliance in Guelph, Ontario.

Patricia Nelson

Patricia Nelson as an extensive work history in the area of Social work. Patricia worked as the Divisional Coordinator for the United Way for many years. Patricia managed vulnerable caseloads for Shelters, Homeless, Addiction and Guns and Gangs Program. Patricia is a Learning Therapist who developed learning strategies for learning disabled/behavioral and gifted students.

Nellie Viveiros

Nellie Viveiros is a serial entrepreneur who has over 20 years of Corporate experience working with individuals from all backgrounds. Nellie dedicates her time to giving back to the community by organizing fundraising events and other activities. Nellie left the corporate world to study Entertainment Management. Nellie is actively managing a few artists as well as coaching others to succeed in their music career.

Audrene Kerr-Brown

Audrene Kerr-Brown is a Professor at Humber College in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Innovative Learning. Since 2004, she has taught both Psychology and Criminology at Humber Collegea and in later years, at the University of Guelph Humber.  She is the inaugural co-chair of the Black/African Employee Resource Group at Humber College

Audrene is passionate about the classroom, but also enjoys the dynamics and the energy of community life. She has worked as a volunteer in the community for many years, both in active civic engagement as well as in research. She has investigated and delivered academic papers on community policing, youth at risk, and gang membership to academic, non-governmental and governmental audiences. She holds degrees in Media and Communications, Psychology and Criminology from the University of the West Indies, and the University of Toronto.

Audrene believes every life has worth and every person purpose.  As such, she has given much time to motivating and guiding others towards seeing that worth and finding that purpose.  She enjoys travelling, fishing, and hanging out with her family.

Alison Craig

Alison Craig is a criminal defence lawyer and partner at Lockyer Posner Craig in Toronto. She articled at Lockyer Campbell Posner in 2005 and has been with the firm since. In 2007 and 2008 she was counsel for nine individuals at the Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario who were convicted of homicides as a result of the flawed pathology work of Dr. Charles Smith. Today her practice is focused on homicide, sexual assault, and drug cases.  In addition to her work in the courtroom, she is a prisoners rights advocate and former board member and vice-president of the Kingston chapter of the John Howard Society.

Jacinta Kanakaratnam

Jacinta Kanakaratnam holds a B.aS (Hon) degree in Justice Studies and a diploma in Law and Security. She has worked tirelessly for justice reform through her previous governance role at a legal clinic in Scarborough. Jacinta has led initiatives across the public, private and non-profit sectors with an emphasis of facilitating conversations around equity, collaboration and amplifying issues in under-served communities.

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