Kamala-Jean Gopie (2016)

Kamala Jean Gopie, O. Ont. is a retired educator who values the benefit of the Performing Arts in her life. In her professional life, she taught with the North York Board of Education and was an Education Officer at the Ministry of Education. Upon retiring from education, she was appointed to the Immigration and Refugee Board where she made refugee determinations.  Kamala Jean was also appointed as a Commissioner at the Ontario Human Right Commission.

Voluntarism is an essential component of her life. To that end she has served on the boards of a number of organizations such as the Governing Council of UofT, The National Ballet of Canada, Roy Thomson and Massey Hall Corporation, Obsidian Theatre, the Jamaican Canadian Association and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations. Her current passion is a development project in Malawi, which she started in 2017.  In addition to a school for young children, the poor rural community now has a well, sewing machines, a maize mill, a community kitchen, and a health room.

In addition to Tarragon Theatre, she currently serves on the board of Unity Health Toronto. Kamala Jean is a volunteer at TIFF, Canadian Stage, Factory Theatre, Tafelmusik and Tarragon. She is a supporter of the Arts in Toronto.