Mr. Moses Abayomi Pratt was born in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to Ottawa, Canada in 1979 to further his Post-Secondary education in Mechanical Engineering and Educational Administration.
Mr. Pratt completed his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick. For his teaching career, he completed his Bachelor’s of Education at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Ottawa.
Prior to his retirement, Moses was an educator for nearly 30 years.
Ten years ago, Moses and Kelly established the Ottawa’s Global Community Alliance’s annual Black History Month gala. The gala celebrates diversity in Ottawa by honouring leaders and trailblazers in Ottawa’s black community. By donating its proceeds to other causes such as the Ottawa School Breakfast program or Ottawa Black History, the gala provides key additional support in Ottawa’s multicultural communities.
Moses Pratt is a founding member of the Nigerian Canadian Association and Isokan Yoruba, a Nigerian cultural and heritage group.
Moses and his wife Kelly have supported and participated in many community initiatives and they continue to give of their time and resources to make a difference in the community.
In Ocotber 2019 – Mayor Jim Watson, Orléans Ward Councillor Matthew Luloff and Cumberland Ward Councillor Stephen Blais presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Moses Abayomi Pratt and Kelly Dikeledi Pratt for their years of service to Ottawa’s black community.
In addition, He remains an active member and one of the Ushers at the Divine Infant Catholic Church in Orleans.
In closing and on the lighter side of life, Mr. Pratt is a sociable person and enjoys attending community events with his family, especially cultural activities. He also takes pleasure in cooking, listening to music, discussing current issues in education, world politics and/or economy and travelling with his family.