Flora Terah-Igoki – Lachine, Quebec, Canada

Trained as a social worker, Flora Terah-Igoki worked as an HIV/AIDS trainer and women’s rights advocate in her native country of Kenya. As a victim of horrible violent acts, the need for peaceful solutions is never far from her thoughts.

YMCA Peace Medal Awards - Flora Tehra Igoki

YMCA Peace Medal Awards – Flora Tehra Igoki

She has combined her experience as a grassroots organizer, an educator and as a women’s right defender with experience as a survivor of violence to become a powerful role model for non-violence and bullying in Canada and around the world. Since arriving in Canada in 2009, she has been active in a number of Canadian organizations sharing her expertise and participating in public education campaigns on violence that women and bullying children face. She has continued this advocacy with the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Jean Sauve Foundation, Brian Bronfman, McGill University, York University, Carlton University, Canadian Lawyers Abroad, among others.

A lot of what she has done is deemed motivational, and supports her desire to end violence and bullying toward women and children, thus creating peaceful environments locally and beyond borders. Terah-Igoki has spoken in several high schools around Canada, showing children that they cannot take their privileges for granted. She was the recipient of 2012 YMCA Quebec International Peace Medal in November 2012. Terah-Igoki has addressed meetings attended by the world’s influential leaders like the late Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Mathai, David Suzuki, Paul Martin, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former Governor General Michaelle Jean.

Flora currently needs your vote to receive the 2013 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants award. You can vote for her online at www.canadianimmigrant.ca/rbctop25. Another Kenyan Jewel,  James Atebe won in 2009.

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