Keishia Facey’s commitment to dismantle anti-Black racism meets at the intersections of social justice, Black joy, empowerment, and healing. Keishia is passionate about building community and relationships and is driven by her belief that equity deserving communities have the right to live their best lives free from oppression. Her knowledge and depth of expertise has contributed to the strategic direction, thought leadership, advocacy for and awareness of anti-Black racism, equity, inclusion, and social justice in her community of Durham Region, ON and internationally.
Keishia is a sought-after international speaker, guest lecturer, facilitator, and consultant. She has collaborated with various communities, youth, families, civic and business leaders within the education, child welfare, criminal justice, municipal, and healthcare sectors to address anti-Black racism, anti-racism, and mental health. She has also developed courses, and created and implemented strategic plans to embed diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
In 2018, Keishia was awarded the Community Building Achievement Award for her perseverance and innovation in creating Riddim Fitness Inc™. Established in 2014, Riddim Fitness is a community-based program and space that focuses on the health, wellness, and empowerment of women through fitness. In 2015, Keishia also founded the Riddim Cultural Arts Program, a program that teaches Black children and youth Black joy through their own creativity, beauty, strength, resilience, and resistance.
In 2020, Keishia joined the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) as the program manager of One Vision One Voice (OVOV). OVOV is a program led by the Black community and funded by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services with a focus on how multiple systems—particularly education, police, and healthcare—Interact to create and maintain racial disproportionality and disparities in child welfare for Black Canadians. As program manager, Keishia leads the development of implementable policies and strategies to address the anti-Black racism that is embedded within the child welfare sector.
In 2022, Keishia was listed as one of the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women for her social, educational, political, and professional accomplishments.
Keishia holds a BA in Sociology and a MA in Public Policy, Administration and Law, both from York University.
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