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Yvonne Sam

Retired Charge Nurse and secondary school teacher. You can read her insightful articles on community issues at montrealcommunitycontact.com


Yvonne Sam a Canadian citizen, formerly from Guyana, South America, has resided in Quebec for over thirty years. She has an impressive track record combining simultaneous careers as a Clinical Nurse at a well-known University teaching hospital, and Secondary School teacher with the English Montreal School Board. She graduated from Mc Gill University with a Master’s Degree in Education, Concordia University with a Diploma in Adult Education and from Athabasca University in Alberta with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She also holds the title of State Registered Nurse, State Certified Midwife and State Registered Mental Nurse from England, having resided there for over thirteen years.
As a qualified teacher, with over thirty years of experience she has passionately devoted most of her time in ensuring that youths see the value of education and strives towards securing and maintaining a place within the educational system.
Yvonne is well placed at the top of the heap among those in the Black community who extend themselves to enhance or sprinkle a little joy in the lives of others. She is a regular columnist for
the local community newspaper Montreal Community Contact, and this is the medium used to touch the lives of so many individuals and families through her incursive forthrightly columns on family life, community, educational and social issues . Her warmth, quick wit and self-sacrifice are undeniable assets that allow her to unite and strengthen Montreal’s people. To her literary accomplishments she has recently published a book of poetry entitled LIFE’S MANY FACES, has previously won the Editor’s Choice Award from the National Library of Poetry in the U.S.A, and has publications in Quill Books of Harlingen Texas. To her literary accomplishments she has recently published a book of poetry entitled LIFE’S MANY FACES, has previously won the Editor’s Choice Award from the National Library of Poetry in the U.S.A, and has publications in Quill Books of Harlingen Texas. She has recently completed a book entitled BEHIND THE SCENES IN NURSING, which is awaiting publication. Yvonne was the recipient of the 2014 Governor General of Canada Caring Citizen Award, and was among the 2014 Montreal Black History Month Laureates.
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Quebec Human Rights Commission Must Recognize Systemic Racism

By failing to be systematically aware the Quebec Human Rights Commission has failed to see and understand the bigger picture of race. There can be no real serious talk, or discourse about the biggest human right issues that affect marginalized and racialized members of the society if no thought is given to the systems involved.
05/11/2016 03:46 EDT