Nira Dookeran has been a high school teacher of English as a Second Language with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board since 2000. She earned her BA in Philosophy and French from the University of Winnipeg in 1984, and completed an MA in Philosophy at the University of Toronto in 1985, finally earning a B.Ed./OTC in 1988. Nira taught secondary school English and history for four years with the North York Board of Education before moving to Ottawa in 1992, where she has resided ever since.
Nira has always been committed to the power of collective action, in her professional capacity as a leader in district-wide instructional coaching, team leadership, school greening, diversity and equity, and parental engagement.
Nira has been an active member over the past twenty-three years in various cultural and community organizations, including the Ottawa-Central America Solidarity Committee, the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Ottawa-Carleton, the Eastern Ontario Caribbean Committee, First United Church, and the Council of Canadians. She brings a strong commitment to the power of diversity, equality, excellence, negotiation and compromise to the efforts of ordinary people working collectively for transformation toward more sustainable, peaceable, and healthful ways of living.
Nira was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba to parents who immigrated to Canada from Trinidad and Tobago in 1953 and 1958 respectively. She is the eldest of five children. Her great-grandparents arrived from Northern India to the Western hemisphere as part of the British system of indentureship designed to replace freed African slave labour on Caribbean sugar plantations after the slave trade was abolished in the British Empire in 1833.
The Green Party of Canada is excited to have Nira Dookeran as our candidate in the riding of Ottawa—Vanier.