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diane dyson

Diane Dyson

Director, Research & Public Policy at WoodGreen Community Services

Pop-up shops, bed bugs, research ethics or grant-writing are all in a day for Diane Dyson. As a community-based social researcher interested in issues of neighbourhoods and poverty, she is Director, Research & Public Policy at WoodGreen Community Services, a large neighbourhood-based multiservice agency and thought leader in Toronto. Prior to this, Diane worked at United Way of Toronto as a research analyst. Diane has led research on neighbourhood wellbeing, community hubs, the informal economy, employment precarity, immigrants, older adults, and housing.  Diane's community contributions include leadership work with Social Planning Toronto, the Toronto District School Board's Equity Policy Advisory Committee and Inner City Advisory Committee, People for Education, and the Federation of Metro Tenants Associations. Diane also speaks a few languages (badly), blogs at www.belongingcommunity.wordpress.comand tweets at @Diane_Dyson.


Haweiya Egeh

Policy & Program Analyst at the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services (Youth Justice Services Division)

Haweiya Egeh received her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Toronto, Victoria College in 2008 and earned her Masters’ degree in Immigration and Settlement Studies at Ryerson University in 2011.

Haweiya currently works as a Policy and Program Analyst for the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Youth Justice Services Division. As an analyst with the Effective Programming and Evaluation Unit, Haweiya works to evaluate, monitor and develop programming and policy to support youth, particularly in Ontario’s detention and custody facilities.

Haweiya has worked in the non-profit sector as a Service Collaboration Coordinator for the Toronto South Local Immigration Partnership (WoodGreen Community Services), where she took part in a number of community based research projects. In addition to working for the provincial government, Haweiya has also worked for the federal government as a Settlement Officer for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, as well as a Community Development Officer with the City of Toronto’s Toronto Newcomer Office.

Haweiya tweets at @HaweiyaE