FAST Director of Educational Programs BC
Tel: (604) 767-2139
Jodi Derkson was born in Montreal where she participated in drama throughout her education. After graduating from McGill University with a BA, Jodi decided to head for British Columbia. She worked first in the film business, then decided to pursue her true vocation by becoming a BC certified teacher. She subsequently taught for ten years as a secondary school Drama and English teacher for the Vancouver School Board. Jodi attained a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Planning from UBC with a final project of writing/directing a play entitled Bridges that raised $5500.00 for an orphanage in Malawi, Africa. Since 2012 Jodi has been proud to be the FAST Director of Educational Programs for British Columbia. She has worked with many educators and students on various initiatives including Voices into Acting that she spearheaded. Jodi also founded Imperative Education to teach anti-bullying with young people and educators. She wholeheartedly believes that opening the dialogue on sensitive/difficult topics with FAST’s resources is an effective way to reduce racism and to foster inclusion in our schools and beyond.
Quebec (Please see the French websites for information on Parlez et Agissez and Choisissez Votre Voix)
FAST Director of Educational Programs Quebec
Tel: (514) 246-1990
After graduating with a degree from l’École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC Montréal) and with a Masters in Political Science from l’Université de Montréal, Daniel Amar held various positions with the Quebec government from 1996 to 2003. He worked as the International Business Advisor at the office of the Premier of Quebec, Chief of Staff to the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Economic Advisor to the Minister of Economy and Finance and as Press Officer to the Minister of International Relations. Daniel Amar has also had positions as a project analyst for a large property firm and as an account director for a trust company. He was an Associate at the venture capital firm, JDS Capital. Since 2012, he has been the Director and Associate at EmmaCom, a company specializing in government relations. Daniel lives in Montreal and is the proud father of two children currently studying at university. He has been FAST Regional Director for Quebec since 2011.
Alberta, Northwest Territories and Yukon
Lisa Wilder Raber
FAST Director of Educational Programs AB
Tel: (403) 998-5570
Lisa was adopted and raised in a Jewish family in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Unbeknownst to her parents, she had been placed in the adoption system illegally during what is now termed, “the 60s Scoop”. As an adult, she connected with her biological family and learnt her truth…she and her older brother were taken from their mother because she was a single Métis woman.
Before moving to Calgary in 2005, Lisa worked predominantly in the banking industry, then with a growing family her focus shifted to family and community. In 2009 she began her role as Regional Director of Educational Programs for FAST in Alberta and has not looked back.
Having a foot in two different oppressed communities is what gives Lisa her drive to bring about change in this world, and FAST is the perfect outlet through which to do it. She looks forward to continuing to carry on the traditions of her Jewish heritage, while proudly discovering and integrating those of her Aboriginal roots as well.
Saskatchewan and Manitoba
FAST Director of Educational Programs SK/MB
Tel: (306) 221-5334
Larry was raised and educated in rural Saskatchewan, receiving his post-secondary education at the University of Saskatchewan. He taught for thirty years in rural Saskatchewan and worked for two years as a Curriculum Coach after leaving the classroom. During his career Larry specialized in the social sciences and received recognition for his pedagogy, and his work with citizenship and human rights education. Outside of the classroom Larry supported education through curriculum and resource development.
He has also worked with the provincial and federal speakers’ offices to enhance the understanding of parliamentary democracy in the classroom. Larry facilitated at annual parliamentary institutes for teachers in Regina and Ottawa where teachers gained first-hand knowledge about our democratic process. After using the FAST resources in his classroom Larry is most pleased to take over the role of Program Coordinator for the Manitoba and Saskatchewan region. (David Katzman has retired.)
FAST Program Coordinator for the Atlantic region
Tel: (902) 441-8382
Amanda Reddick is a well-known mediator and facilitator in Atlantic Canada. She is a graduate in Peace and Conflict Studies/Religious Studies from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. Amanda lived in Toronto for 10 years and moved back to the Atlantic in 1994. She currently lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia where she has two children. Her areas of facilitation and consultation range from anti-racism, comprehensive organizational inclusiveness initiatives, diversity, equity and inclusion, dialogue for peaceful change as it has to do with issues of social justice, racial inequity and historical understanding (the latter has been specifically for the Nova Scotia Black and Mi’Kmaq context). Amanda is an internationally certified mediator through Dialogue for Peaceful Change (DPC).