My name is Deanna Duplessis, and I am honoured to be joining the Educo community. As a newcomer, I’m truly excited to continue learning – about the land, about the people who form this incredible Educo community and about the transformative work Educo facilitates.
I bring with me a deep passion for, and more than a decade of experience working on, issues related to gender equality, justice and inclusion, with a focus on children and youth. Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of collaboratively designing, implementing and evaluating programs, with and for young people around the world, that nurture empowerment through enhancing confidence, capabilities, access, and agency.
Through my work, I also have extensive opportunity to explore what works to strengthen capacities, create robust policies/strategies and translate these into action and inspire transformative change at the individual, community, policy and organizational levels. I have been a member of the dynamic JUMP! Board since 2017, and in my day-to-day work I am the Global Lead for Gender Equality for the world’s largest independent child rights organization, Save the Children. When not working, I can be found camping, kayaking, hiking and doing yoga, alongside my partner and our beloved pup.