News at the University of New Brunswick

Inaugural Dr Ottilia Chareka Memorial Lecture

Author: Communications

Posted on Jan 25, 2012

Category: UNB Fredericton , Events

The University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Education will hold its first Dr. Ottilia Chareka Memorial Lecture in Education and Social Justice on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m.

This inaugural lecture will be given by Carla L. Peck from the University of Alberta who will present a talk titled “I’m Stuck! “Social Justice” and other Labels that Shape our World”.

This event takes place in Marshall d’Avray Hall, 10 MacKay Dr., UNB Fredericton, in room 261.

Dr. Peck’s presentation will address questions like, What labels do you use to organize the world, and the people in it? What labels do you carry with you when you walk into a classroom? What labels do you wear proudly, and which do you hide behind, or use to harm?

Ottilia Chareka, mother, activist, scholar, mentor, and friend was a three time graduate of the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick (DAUS 1993; M.Ed 1994; PhD 2005). 

Ottilia was the first woman from her rural village in Zimbabwe to complete high school and went on from there to enjoy a stellar career as a teacher and academic.

Throughout her life Ottilia was a considerable advocate for others including the many Zimbabwean girls she supported in educational endeavours, fellow immigrants to Canada, and the First Nations students she worked with at St. Francis Xavier University. 

When Ottilia died tragically in the spring of 2011, the Faculty of Education at UNB thought one fitting way to remember her would be an annual lecture in her name focusing on education as a vehicle for social justice, something that was a life long passion for Ottilia.

This inaugural Dr. Ottilia Chareka Memorial Lecture on Education and Social Justice will explore the concept of labels and argue that we need to move from labelling to acting if “social justice” is going to have any meaning and relevance at all.

Dr. Carla Peck lives many labels: Auntie, sister and friend, among others. In addition to being Ottilia’s sister-friend, Carla is Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education in the Department of Elementary Education at the University of Alberta. Carla’s research interests include students’ understandings of democratic concepts, diversity, identity, citizenship and the relationship between students’ ethnic identities and their understandings of history.


Dr. Emery J. Hyslop-Margison, Professor, Faculty of Education  (506) 458-7457