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Wednesday January 16, 2013

Roxana Ng, PhD

Adult Education and Community Development Program Head, Center for Women's Studies in Education (CWSE) Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
May 28, 1951 - Jan 12, 2013
Roxana Ng passed away at Sunnybrook Hospital after a short and courageous fight with cancer. She leaves behind her father Evan and mother Katherine, and brothers, David and Calvin and their partners, Gio and Katherine. Roxana was generous of spirit, committed to activism and social justice, and dedicated to Emma, Bella and Bijela. She will be deeply missed by a wide circle of family, friends and colleagues.
  Roxana was born in Hong Kong in 1951. She immigrated with her parents and two brothers to Canada in 1970. She received a BA from University of British Columbia, and a PhD from University of Toronto. Since 1988, she has been a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto). Roxana's extensive scholarship on race, gender and class; immigrant women and garment workers; and embodied learning and decolonizing pedagogy is a legacy to be cherished and celebrated.
  Roxana co-founded the Vancouver Women's Research Centre in the early 1970s and helped to establish immigrant women's organizations in several other provinces. She was involved in Open the Borders, an association concerned with punitive changes to immigrant and refugee policies in Canada. She called on academics and social change activists to work together to promote national and international policies based on diversity, equality, and social and economic justice. Since 1999, she has been on the Board of Inter Pares, an organization dedicated to promoting international social justice in Canada and overseas.
  A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday January 19, 2013 from 2pm-5pm at the NEWEDIUK FUNERAL HOME, KIPLING CHAPEL, 2058 Kipling Avenue, (North of Rexdale Blvd.) Toronto, ON M9W 4J9, 416-745-7555 On Tuesday May 28, 2013, a celebration of Roxana's life and work will be held in the Library at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), 252 Bloor St W from 5pm-8pm. For more information, visit http://
  To honour Roxana's wishes, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Inter Pares (http:// index.php).
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