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Debbie Donkor -Rites of Passage Facilitator and Youth networks outreach worker

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am a daughter, sister, mother, employee and student. I am a Board member of an organization called PEACH, I volunteer for a movement called Zero Gun Violence Movement and I have a book club I organized out of my apartment building with female youth called the Urban Me Book Club.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

My biggest accomplishment is always trying to challenge myself in ways where I am able to develop growth and recognize it. My accomplishments are also motivated by goals I set for myself.

What is your motivation behind joining woodgreen?

What motivated me to join Woodgreen Community Services was the ROP Rites of Passage process. Understanding ROP is a process and being able to be an agent in young people’s lives is amazing. I am dedicated to assisting young people in their journey and Woodgreen Community Services gives me the opportunity to do so.

Tell us about the impact of Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage social impacts happens in many forms. A few are; young people calling staff in the morning to check in cause we are another caring adult in their lives, when youth have met milestones we are point of contact to inform,  our office space is seen as a safe space, and when we have an event our young people support.

What are your thoughts about Manyatta?

Manyatta is a movement of talented and passionate members of our society who are trying to make an impact in the African diaspora in Canada. It made sense to engage and express what Rites of Passage is about. I strongly believe we are stronger in partnerships than working in silos.