Biography : Rose Kantiono, MA, BED, OCT
Rose Kantiono is a school teacher in the Peel District School Board. Born in Ivory Coast and originally from Burkina Faso, she studied and worked in Germany before coming to Canada. Polyglot, Rose speaks French, German, English, Liele and Dioula.
Rose was the recipient of the Teacher Award of Distinction in 2013 from the Peel Board for "Being an inspiring leader who instills the values of generous humanitarian work". Passionate for her teaching career, Rose is a strong advocate for issues about education in Africa, equity, social justice and teachers' professional development. She has been her school board coordinator for various events, member of leadership teams, mentor for new teachers, judge at the annual provincial French speaking contest of the Canadian Parents for French.
Rose has been dedicating her time and passion to various projects in Canada and overseas, such as Quinte West Refugees committee, Unicef, Stephen Lewis Foundation, Me to We, Watoto Orphans in Uganda, Khango school project in Burkina Faso, teachers training program in Barbados (a project of the Canadian Teachers Federation and the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario). She is also an active member of the ETFO International Assistance Committee, the Catholic Women League and the People of Motherland, an organization that promotes the African culture in the Greater Toronto Area.
Rose has joined the Board of Directors and Advisors of the Canadian Samaritans for Africa to bring her experiences and skills to the service of an organization that impacts lives of many people in Africa and to make a difference.
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