Mr. Everton Gordon is currently the Interim CEO of the Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) and also the Executive Director of Caribbean African Canadian (CAFCAN) Social Services. JCA has been around for 54 years serving at first the Jamaican and subsequently as it grew in particular, in the 1980s, the wider Caribbean and even continental African Communities. As a result, JCA Social service arm has been renamed CAFCAN to intentional broaden the scope and reach of this new organization into wider Diaspora Black Communities across Toronto and the GTA.
Mr. Gordon has considerable experience working in a variety of areas relevant to the field of social work and social service work, in particular, areas such as settlement services, community outreach, mental health, anti-racism and diversity in the context of social justice. Since immigrating to Canada from Jamaica in 1990 he has broadened his my scope of involvement and depth of knowledge and skills in social work practice through education and community-based practice integrating his own own lived experiences. His practice framework is informed by field work experiences which include, working with children, youths, adults, community groups, agencies and organizations “across boundaries. Some of the agencies he has worked FOR include Hincks-Dellcrest, Anglican House, WoodGreen community Centre, Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, as well as Sojourn House Refugee Shelter and Margaret’s Housing and Community Services as Managers. He has also held teaching assignments with Seneca College, York and Ryerson Universities and at Lester B Peasrson High School as Professor in the Step-to-University Program which was a bridging initiative of the University of Toronto.
Mr. Gordon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology as well as both Bachelor and Master Degrees in Social Work from York University. He is presently working on finishing his doctoral studies in Education at OISE/UT in the department of Humanities, social Science and Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto focusing his research in the area of Refugee Studies using Discourse and Policy Anaysis of Instituional in the Immigration and Refugee Determination Proess Racism with respect to racialized Populations in Canada.