Originally from Guyana, Beatrice has lived and worked in Manitoba for more than 25 years, as a strong advocate in the African and Caribbean communities.
Beatrice Watson has devoted both her working and personal life to ensuring peace, equality and justice, especially for immigrant and refugee women.
As an outreach and liaison officer with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, Beatrice has spoken to hundreds of Manitoba newcomers, primarily women, about their rights and responsibilities under the Human Rights Code.
As part of the Immigrant Women’s Association of Manitoba, she has worked to ensure that the needs of immigrant and refugee women are recognized today. Beatrice is the founder of Global Eyes Magazine, a quarterly publication highlighting the activities, contributions and issues of Manitoba’s African and Caribbean communities.
In 2013 she was the recipient of the Manitoba Women Advisory Council and YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg Eira “Babs” Friesen Lifetime Achievement Award for her long standing volunteer involvement in the community, which has also included the Congress of Black Women, the Legal Education Action Fund for Women, as well as the Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre and Mediation Services.
She has supported, mentored and guided many young women in the community, encouraging them to follow their dreams.