Partner, Diversity and Inclusion Strategist
Ketcia is an award winning community activist of the 2018 Black History Ottawa Community Builder Award, category Community Leadership, 2016 J.S. Woodsworth Awards for Human Rights & Equity and 2014 Regroupement Affaire Femme Award, 2020 Global Community Alliance community builder Award and the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women
Ketcia is an entrepreneur and community activist with experience advocating for the private and public sector. As the former Co-Chair of the Ottawa Police Community and Action Committee (COMPAC) she's gained extensive experience in advocating for bias-free policing. Ketcia is an Erickson Professional Coach (EPC), specializing in Race Relation & Social Justice education and has been designing and facilitating social change and anti-oppression workshops for over 10 years. Ketcia has a natural gift for working with people, inspiring and motivating developing coaches in person and online. Fully engaging with the participants she’s able to share complex ideas and information with ease, fun and clarity. As it turns out three of her most important personal Values are Integrity, authenticity and Courage.
As the former Community Co-Chair of the Ottawa Police Community Equity Council (CEC) and a strong advocate of crime prevention measures for at risk youth and delinquency, she delivers projects and programs at schools and community churches that identifies how the system works and addresses issues when caught in the trap of the criminal justice system.
She manages efforts to bring awareness around issues of policing and justice. In her role on CEC, she worked with representatives of the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) and Aboriginal and racialized communities to develop a Strategic Plan that included Values and Ethics as well as Conflict Resolution programs that have been helpful in ensuring ethical conduct of CEC members and in proactively resolving critical incidents between the police and Aboriginal and racialized communities in Ottawa.
One of the main drivers in developing this strategic plan was to have a reframing of the challenges that OPS had with these communities and thus creating a culture change. Her voluntary role enabled her to have an advanced knowledge of public safety, especially with “at risk” communities (particularly youth involved in gangs, drugs and human trafficking). She works hard to advance the awareness of those issues to find solutions. She’s passionate about championing human rights and her focus is to bring the members of the OPS to the community to continue community-police dialogue about racial profiling, race relations and systemic racism concerns and perceptions, have them present information regarding the Ottawa Police complaint process, and advocate for professional and bias-free policing.