Edwin Laryea

Edwin Laryea

Edwin Laryea BA, B Ed., MA, Diploma (Policy and Diversity Management) is originally from Ghana, West Africa. He is a long-time resident of Kitchener-Waterloo and a former Lecturer at University of Toronto, a former Department Head of Languages at Bluevale Collegiate, former Vice-Principal and Assistant Supervisor/Principal of International Languages for the Waterloo Region District School Board.

He is a social activist with a strong belief in social justice for all. He is the former Program Director for the National African Canadian Initiative on Capacity Building and Full Participation of all African Canadians in our Canadian society. He has participated in three elections at the municipal and at the Federal levels.

His areas of expertise are social inclusion, capacity building, youth leadership, anti-racism and democratic citizenship. He has worked with various African Canadian communities across Canada to promote good policy responses for the inclusion of marginalized groups.

Edwin is a community advocate with several years of community leadership and service in the community. He was Chair of the Waterloo Region Youth Action Committee, Board member of K-W United Way and member of several other community groups, including the African Canadian and Caribbean Canadian Associations and the Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Air Quality (Waterloo Region). He is a former Chair of From The Ground Up Steering Committee and former Board member for K-W Multicultural Center, Social Planning Council, and the K-W Record's Community Editorial Board. Currently, he is the President of the African Canadian Association of Waterloo Region and Area.

He is also the President and owner of Communication First, an Advanced English Language Training organization, located in Waterloo. He is fluent in four different languages, English, French, Spanish and Ga. He has three lovely daughters.