Executive Director, Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC)
Kimberly Gibbons is the Executive Director of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC), an expanding community of Ontario-based members working globally for social justice. She is particularly proud of OCIC's Transformations initiative, an award-winning collaborative photojournalism project intended to increase dialogue and further understanding of international partnerships that address complex global challenges.
Kim is passionate about supporting capacity building and the enabling environment for civil society, and mobilizing Canadians on issues of sustainable development. Breaking down silos and making links between domestic and global priorities are a particular challenge for Canada to achieve the SDGs, notes Kim, as well as mobilizing adequate financing and inspiring necessary political will.
Kim was drawn to social change work through exposure to other cultures and social issues as a child. She has worked in disability inclusion and development education, areas that strengthened her belief in social justice, human dignity and participation for all.
"Staying grounded as a mother, community member, professional, and as an ally keeps me motivated," she says. "We have to work in solidarity and partnership with others." In her downtime, Kim seeks the perspectives of kids under 10, connects with friends, and supports the development of a new community garden in her neighbourhood park.