Maggie MacDonnell

Teacher; Co-Founder, Kativik School Board

Maggie MacDonnell is the winner of the Global Teacher Prize, a $1,000,000 prize that is touted as the Nobel Peace Prize for education. Maggie's educational approach is rooted in community development and feminist practice. For the last 15 years she has worked with such diverse populations as Congolese and Burundian refugees, Tanzanian youth living with HIV, to Inuit teenagers in the Canadian Arctic. Most recently she taught in an isolated Inuit village called Salluit, nestled in the mountains of the Canadian Arctic and only accessible by plane. Here she worked with the community to establish several initiatives, including a running club that saw her student runners turn into philanthropists raising over $100,000, while running in marathons in places such as Hawaii and Barbados, and bringing a peer-led suicide prevention message across the Nunavik region. Maggie is very passionate about working with Indigenous groups and others who are demonstrating resilience in overcoming the legacies of colonization. Maggie has studied at St. Francis Xavier University, the Coady International Development Institute, University of Toronto and McGill while she was a Jeanne Sauve Fellow. She has worked abroad with Right to Play, the Canadian International Development Agency, CARE International, and Youth Challenge International. She has been named one of the BBC Top 100 Women, as well as a Visionary with the Albert Einstein Institute. She is using her prize money to fund a QAJAQ/KAYAK program to raise awareness about climate change and reignite cultural pride within Inuit youth. She loves movement - supporting young people to chase their dreams - being outside in mother nature - and slowly moving from an intermediate to a fluent Swahili speaker.

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