Dr. Tanyss Munro of the Amarok Society
Dr. Tanyss Munro has devoted her life and career to improving educational opportunities for disadvantaged people across Canada and abroad. She has achieved extraordinary success in this endeavour as teacher, principal, district director, senior advisor in the federal government and with First Nations government. She has been active in international education as a specialist with the Commonwealth of Learning and other international organizations and advises two international development organizations currently. In addition to co-founding Amarok Society, she has a long history of charitable and social activity. By adoption, she is a Wendat (Huron) Indian. She recently co-edited ‘Learning to Live Together: Using Distance Education for Community Peacebuilding”, a book of experiences from around the globe illustrating this new approach to peace building in communities.
Dr Munro talked about the experience of the communities in Bangladesh as they struggle to deal with the Global Pandemic.  Many new programs have been developed by their "teaching mothers" to assist in food security (soup kitchens a first for Bangladesh), children programs, and food banks (another first).  The education the mothers and their student receive has provide them with the skills to bring new resources to the community.  Graduates from the home schools are successfully moving into the formal school system.  Young girls especially benefit as they can now get better jobs and can avoid becoming a child bride.  These women are truly unstoppable with and education as their foundation.