Adaoma Patterson was born in Winnipeg and, except for six years which her family spent in Jamaica, was raised in that city. Adaoma has more than twenty-five years progressive experience in the not-for-profit and public sectors and has served in several roles as a volunteer and employee. She is currently Manager – Poverty Reduction and Community Engagement in the Human Services Department at the Region of Peel, responsible for leading the implementation of a multi-year poverty reduction strategy and supporting initiatives that increase community safety and well-being for residents in Brampton, Mississauga, and Caledon. Her work involves creating awareness among residents and local politicians about poverty in Peel, advocating to various levels of government for investments and working with the community to implement actions related to social inclusion, affordable transit, food & income security, and economic opportunities. Adaoma is the current President of the Jamaican Canadian Association, a 60-year-old organization serving the Jamaican, Caribbean, and African Canadian communities in the Greater Toronto Area. She is a former DiverseCity Fellow and former member of the Civic Action Steering Committee.