About Us

Empower    Mobilize    Act

ACENet is a not-for-profit organization that is focused on advocating for educational issues and concerns related to Asian Canadians.

ACENet Mission and Vision:

➣ Integrate Asian Canadian histories, cultures, voices and contributions in the Canadian curricula and societal consciousness;

➣ Address educational, socio-economic, linguistic, and mental health challenges that impact achievement, engagement and well-being of Asian Canadians;

➣ Build effective partnerships aimed to increase outreach and support for Asian Canadian families and communities;

 

➣ Develop and build learning networks to engage all stakeholders to breakdown societal barriers and leverage a collective voice;

➣ Facilitate mentoring and leadership development to address equity and inclusion in society.

Click here to read about ACENet's history.

"As a proud Canadian of Chinese ancestry and have grown up in Toronto, I value the many opportunities to learn and cultivate meaningful relationships with diverse groups of Canadians. I aspire to collaborate with other educators to dismantle systematic and structural barriers that prevent racialized students and educators from achieving representation, voice and success. In my work as a Superintendent of Education, I strive to build teacher leadership and to enhance student voice. I would continue to build cross-racial solidarity with organizations and individuals and to support ACENet members to pursue our common goal - Empower, Mobilize, Act!"

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Kien Luu (PhD), President

Superintendent of Education with the York Region District School Board.

"I would like to bring awareness and create solutions to the overlooked issue of anti-Asian racism in the education system.  I hope to empower and mobilize fellow pre-service teachers to combat anti-Asian racism as well as directly address it in my future classroom and education system at large." 

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"Over my career in education and training, I have worked on equity, social justice and human rights at the federal, provincial and local levels. Having overcome many younger years of internalized racism and self-loathing, I am proud to turn this energy towards advocacy, education and greater social change." 

Sandy Yep, Vice President

Education Officer with the Ministry of Education, Inclusive Education and Parent Engagement Branch.

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Nandanee Sawh, Treasurer

Vice Principal with the Toronto District School Board.

Meet The Team

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"My goal is to spread the wonderful work that is being established by our Asian Canadian Educators. Ensuring the work is shared within the community and to gain community partnership so all voices will be heard. I would also personally want to ensure the Curriculum and Teaching Committee breaks down all the theories and work completed into hands-on activities within our community."

Melvin Lowe, Curriculum & Teaching Chair 

Vice Principal with the York Region District School Board.

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"Rizwana Kaderdina is a hijab-wearing, Muslim woman from the South Asian diaspora.  She has been an educator with the York Region District School Board for many years, and is currently in the role of Equity Consultant. Rizwana is the co-Chair of the Alliance of Educators for Muslim Students (AEMS), a new Board Member of Ansaar Foundation, and the co-founder of al-Jeeran, as well a volunteer with Victim Services of York Region.  Rizwana is grateful to those who have supported her learning and growth, and opened space for her.  Through their guidance and mentorship, she hopes to do the same for others, whether colleagues, students, or community members.

Rizwana Kaderdina, Leadership & Professional Development Co-Chair

Elementary teacher and Equity Consultant with the York Region District School Board.

"Sara hopes to support the work of ACENet in fostering community learning spaces and building our individual and collective consciousness about the experiences of Asian students, families and staff in education.  She seeks to support the development of collective consciousness amongst the ACENet community through learning processes that invite critical reflection, dialogue and storytelling."

Sara Leung,

Leadership & Professional Development Co-Chair

Elementary teacher and Equity Consultant with the York Region District School Board, and Education Consultant with the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice.

"Gen Ling believes in the power of education and narratives of lived experiences that together make our uncommon histories into a common history in Canada. She champions youth voices as the generation who contribute, shape, amplify our living histories. Who are at the table and tell the stories and why, and if some are not how are they represented, are central to advancing a positive constructive anti-racism present" and future for all.

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Gen Ling Chang,

School & Community Chair

A social activist, an anti-racist educator, and the former Associate Director of TDSB. Currently, she is the Deputy Executive Director with ALPHA Education committed to social justice, humanity and global peace; and an executive member of the Asian Canadian Educators Network.

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"I would like to bring awareness and create solutions to the overlooked issue of anti-Asian racism in the education system. I hope to empower and mobilize fellow pre-service teachers to combat anti-Asian racism as well as directly address it in my future classroom and education system at large."

Joshua Lim, Secretary

Teacher candidate and second-year student in the Masters of Art in Child Study and Education program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.