Maggie MacDonnell is an educator and sport for development practitioner with over 10 years of global field experience. Her work has brought her to many corners of the globe and included working with Congolese refugees, Tanzanian HIV/AIDS activists, and Inuit youth in Northern Canada. She completed her undergraduate in Human Kinetics at St. Francis Xavier University, studied leadership and community development at Coady International Institute, and pursued her Masters on gender, sport and community development at the University of Toronto. She studied directly under Dr. Bruce Kidd and her work on sport as a tool in peacebuilding was shared at the Beijing Olympics. In 2009, she was awarded a prestigious Jeanne Sauvé Fellowship and joined a community of 14 international youth scholars and activists.
For the last seven or so years, Maggie has been teaching in a fly-in Inuit community called Salluit, where she helped establish an all-girls project-based learning program. In 2017, Maggie was named the winner of the US$1,000,000 Global Teacher Prize, standing out from over 20,000 nominees from 179 countries. Maggie has been recognized for her work by the Governor General and the Albert Einstein Foundation, and was recently named one of BBC’s top 100 Women. Maggie is passionate about creating education programs that create opportunities for social mobility, empower youth and cultivate healthy communities. She is the co-founder of Qajaq/Kayak – an organization that aims to revitalize the culture of kayaking with Inuit youth and adults. She is also co-founder of the Nunavik Running Club which trains Inuit youth to both be runners and philanthropists.
2018 Canadian Forum on Public Education