A York Region District School Board administrator with a passion for equity and inclusive learning is the recipient of this year’s Harmony Leadership in Education Award.
Camille Logan was presented with the award last week that honours an educator in an administrative or research and academia role who has made significant contributions in advancing equitable and inclusive education during their careers.
Logan is the principal of the Inclusive School and Community Services (ISCS) that’s dedicated to supporting the work of equity and inclusive education practices across the York region school district.
As a classroom teacher, Logan chaired the Director’s Race Relations Committee and co-chaired a regional equity group, the board’s Director Action Group on Race Relations and the ‘Together We’re a Better Student’ leadership conference.
In her administrative role, she is often called upon to provide input and expertise and she regularly contributes to various teacher resource documents.
“For those of you who know me personally and professionally, you know that equity work is near and dear to my heart,” Logan said in her acceptance speech. “There is a notion of family when it comes to this work and many of you in this room are part of this family, part of the quest for equity and inclusivity in our schools…For those of you who are part of the equity family, you know we live and breathe this work…Improved student outcomes for those most marginalized by the system is at the core of our work.”
Logan paid tribute to her mother, Madge Logan, who was a trailblazer in inclusive education when she was a principal and later North York Board of Education superintendent in the late 1980s and 1990s.
Her late father, Dr. Lloyd Logan, was an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo.
“I come from a family of educators and at first I resisted this path,” she said. “As with most young people, you want to be sure to make your own way, so I began university in the Faculty of Arts thinking that this would be where my future would begin. However, despite my attempts to avoid it, education was my true destiny. My passion for education and ensuring that our schools are equitable and inclusive spaces for all students and families have been foundational to my work as a classroom teacher, school principal and now ISCS principal.”
A former Markham Race Relations Committee member, Logan has been at the forefront of the Alliance of Educators of Black Students that, among other things, recognizes Black students for academic and student leadership excellence and the Nubian Book Club which is a summer literacy program for students.
The Harmony Movement, the province’s leading provider of education programs promoting diversity, equity and inclusion, administers the awards given annually to recognize an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution towards eliminating barriers to diversity in Canada.
“We want to recognize and celebrate students, educators and activists who have made a positive social impact on their local and national community,” said executive director Cheuk Kwan. “The gala gives us an opportunity to provide a platform for meaningful exchanges amongst those who are committed to creating inclusion in our society.”