Community leader awarded Medal of Excellence

June 23, 2016

Oliver Kamau is committed to social justice, equity and youth empowerment


IMAGE_STORY_Oliver_KamauCommunity leader Oliver Kamau was presented with a Medal of Excellence as part of the Faculty of Health and Community Studies Convocation ceremony.

Originally from Kenya, Oliver studied literature and sociology at Kenyatta University before moving to Edmonton in 1997 to pursue a master’s degree in drama at the University of Alberta.

Currently the manager of settlement services at the Edmonton Immigrant Services Association (EISA), Oliver oversees school and library settlement programs in Edmonton, St. Albert, Strathcona County, Fort Saskatchewan and Fort McMurray.

He is passionate about social justice, equity, peer mentorship, youth empowerment and relations between Canada’s immigrant and indigenous communities. He also offers workshops on using art-based strategies to combat racial discrimination for employers, community members, and secondary and post-secondary institutions.

In 2004 Oliver developed Bamboo Shield, an intervention program focusing on personal and life skills for youth who are Aboriginal, immigrants and refugees. Oliver also developed the Youth Civic Engagement program, which pairs youth who are new immigrants and refugees with mentors who are established Canadian entrepreneurs.

Oliver sits on a variety of boards in the city, including HIV Edmonton, the Edmonton Social Planning Council, the Council of Canadians of African and Caribbean Heritage and other ethno-cultural associations.

MacEwan University is proud to celebrate the more than 2,200 members of the Class of 2016. Congratulations to this year's graduates, medal recipients and distinguished award honourees.

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