Leticia Ama Deawuo
Leticia Ama Deawuo is a long-time resident of the Jane-Finch Community and mother of two children who has been a leading social activist work in the Jane-Finch area of Toronto and across the City of Toronto the past 12 years. As a community resident and organizer, Leticia has been absolutely instrumental in developing and forming prominent community groups and initiatives including Jane-Finch On The Move, Jane-Finch Action Against Poverty, Jane-Finch Political Conversation Café, Black Creek Food Justice Network, Mothers-In-Motion and more. Leticia also worked as a Community Development Worker with the Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre for many years.
In her capacity as a program worker, then a program manager and now the director of the Black Creek Community Farm, Leticia has shown excellent capabilities to engage residents, allies and other stakeholders in struggles for community improvement and social and economic justice including the realization of Food security and food Justice in Jane-Finch. She has helped facilitate the formation of Black Creek Food Justice Network and the Black Creek Community Farm Resident Council. She has brought a wide range of allies and supporters to work to enhance the community farm and the non-profit urban food development in one of Toronto’s most excluded and disadvantaged communities.
Leticia is a member of the Toronto Food Policy Council. She is now Chair of SeedChange (formerly USC Canada) and is a part-time instructor with George Brown College.
Leticia is a recipient of the Arrell Institute, Canada Community Food Hero Award.