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Tina Garnett

Tina Garnett

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Tina Garnett

President & Principal Consultant, Providence International EDI Consulting

Master in Environmental Studies 2016

"Speak your truth even if your voice shakes, for silence is to be complicit to your own erasure."

About Tina Garnett

Tina Garnett is 6th generation Canadian, the descendent of an escape slave John Henry who arrived at the Great Lakes Black Settlement in 1831. Tina has been developing human rights based equity and inclusion policies and services with marginalized communities for over two decades.  She is the current Human Rights & Inclusion Specialist with Hamilton Health Sciences’ Human Resources Department. Her work has been cutting edge work, such as her work in Northern British Columbia, where she co-founded an Indigenous youth organization that supported pregnant Indigenous youth in keeping their newborns; she was the person hired after the investigation at Children’s Aid Society of Toronto regarding the acute over-representation of Black children & youth in care – her role at CAST included a secondment as a research consultant with CUPE Ontario on their anti-racism and community hate resource kit. Some of her other roles includes various equity focused management roles in post-secondary institutions, and sexual assault centres.

In 2014 Tina returned to school to complete a Master’s degree at York University, which focused on creating safer and inclusive trauma services for Indigenous and Black women. Tina is committed to walking the talk, thus she volunteers on community governing boards, such as, PEACH, NDP Women’s Committee, and currently is a governing board member on MOYO and Hamilton Civic Centre for Inclusion.

Tina is the sole proprietor of Providence International EDI Consult, her clients included government, academic institutions and community agencies, such as, Canadian Pediatric Society, GURU Production Studios, Dalhousie University, Lakeshore Arts Collective, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, Fred Victor Safe Injection Sites and Sistering Women’s Shelter. She has facilitated human rights based classes at Seneca, Sheridan College, Humber College and University of Toronto and is currently supporting the first anti-racism policy and programs in a medical institution.

Most recently, Tina’s work resulted in being recognized twice in 2020 as the 2020 Woman Who Rocks Community Activism Award and 2020 John C. Holland Black Business Achievement Award. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, reading, creating and spending quality time with her sons and 2 grandchildren.