Biography : Susan HooKong-Taylor, B.A., B.Ed, OCT
Susan HooKong-Taylor, B.A., B.Ed, OCT Susan is a musician, a teacher, a leader, and a newly minted trustee for the Canadian Samaritans for Africa. She is a second generation Canadian with her family hailing from Jamaica. She is a mother of two. She has been working at the Toronto Catholic District School Board for 14 years, 7 of which have been Central Resource Positions— as a Vocal Music Resource Teacher, then in the Religion Department in the Catholic Teachers’ Centre. In these roles she has partnered with numerous agencies and departments to develop initiatives that support teachers, students, administrators and senior staff in all areas of social justice, faith development and enrichment. As professional musician and composer, she has been privileged to be commissioned to write music for the Toronto Catholic District School Board community to enliven and promote their pastoral plans.
She has also collaborated with the Ontario Catholic Trustees Association for Catholic Education Week. These songs have been used extensively in liturgical, school and board celebrations. Most notably, she wrote “Song of the Cross” the anthem for World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto. Susan is honored to be join the family of Canadian Samaritans for Africa. She is grateful to have the opportunity to add her experience, her knowledge, and her heart to assist the great work being done through this organization for the women of Africa.
Pity is not enough, compassion is a real and deep human feeling, sympathy and empathy are good, but solidarity is better, and collaboration is the best thing we can offer to Africans especially the women and children who want to work hard to realize a better future for themselves and their children.
- Stan Chu Ilo