Excellence in Religion: Imam Michael AbdurRashid Taylor

Imam Michael TaylorImam Michael AbdurRashid Taylor’s motto is “maximizing human potential.”

He is Canada’s first professionally trained African Canadian Muslim, and was appointed as Ontario Regional Chaplain with Correctional Service Canada in December 2013.

Imam Taylor served as an honorary witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission from 2011 until the commission presented its report to the Government of Canada in December 2015.

He holds a Master of Theological Studies degree from Regis College, University of Toronto, and is a graduate of the Rotman School of Management’s Leadership Development Program.

The religious leader is the secretary of the Canadian Council of Imams and held the position of coordinator of the Muslim Studies Program at Emmanuel College, University of Toronto.

Imam Taylor is director of Islamic Chaplaincy Services Canada and is currently engaged with voluntary work in reducing stigma in religious communities around HIV/AIDS and in peace and violence reduction initiatives in families and communities.

He passionately retains a connection with Barbados — the place where he was born — through “Of Boyz and Men,” an incubating initiative that supports underperforming men and at-risk boys.

His multiple certifications and training in crisis intervention and counseling, anger management facilitation, restorative justice, alternatives to violence training, and mental health and addictions, provide opportunities for him to collaborate and consult with agencies, communities and individuals.

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