YMCA honours Kayonne Christy as Young Woman of Distinction
Kayonne Christy is a third-generation Jamaican-Canadian woman who is fiercely committed to social justice. Prior to beginning her masters of sociology at the University of British Columbia, Kayonne co-founded the McMaster Womanists, the Black Aspiring Physicians of McMaster, and the Black Outreach Leadership Directive. During her time at McMaster, she was a vocal anti-carding activist, the convener of the Race, Racialization & Racism working group of McMaster’s President’s Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community, a member of the Afro-Caribbean Canadian Association of Hamilton, and a board member of the Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre. She is a two-time John C. Holland Award winner, and currently holds a Canada Graduate Scholarship (Master’s) from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Presently, Kayonne is a research trainee with UBC’s Women’s Health Research Cluster, a member of the Canadian Jamaican Medical Assistance Society, and a mentor with Uof T’s Research Assistance Support Initiative, and UBC’s Sociology Mentorship program. Kayonne is passionate about using her research as a tool for social change.
Source: YWCA Hamilton