The Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine

The Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine

C.M., O.Ont, C.B.E.

The Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine spent her early life as teacher and educator, shaping the lives of young students while deeply involved in grassroots efforts in the community.

In 1993, she made history as the first African-Canadian woman to be elected to Canada’s House of Commons as the Member of Parliament from the Greater Toronto Area constituency of Etobicoke-Lakeshore. She served with distinction winning four consecutive elections.

Over this period, her work included Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Minister of Multiculturalism and the Status of Women; and in her last year, she was elected Deputy Speaker by her peers. Among her most notable achievements included legislation to protect disadvantaged low-income individuals including single mothers raising children; and securing unanimous legislative support to pass a historic motion designating February as Black History.

Dr. Augustine is the member of the Order of Canada, recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to education and politics.

Today, Jean Augustine continues to be involved in community activities and programs focused on empowering women, through her frontline involvement through the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment, and post-secondary institutions.