DR. AGAEZI IKWUGWALU - ROLE MODEL & AMBASSADOR
Officially Inducted into the “National Wall of Role Models” on June 7, 2014 ( See full list www.BlackCanadianAwards.com
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Dr. Ikwugwalu is the founder and CEO of Charmony Healthcare Center. She holds a Bachelor degree in Microbiology, a Doctor of Chiropractic, and a post-graduate Certification in Exercise and Lifestyle Management. Dr. Ikwugwalu has been involved in healthcare and Wellness for more than a decade. She has been practicing Chiropractic since 2003 and has worked as Health promoter, Microbiologist, Laboratory Technologist, Instructor, Facilitator and Exercise therapist.
She is a US-trained Doctor of Chiropractic and licensed to practice Chiropractic in both USA and Canada. As a Chiropractor, she worked in a multi-disciplinary Clinic where she worked together in an inter-professional team with Family practice MD’s, orthopedic surgeon, Physician Assistants, Physiotherapist, Nurses, Massage therapist and other healthcare practitioners. At the multi-disciplinary clinic, each team member contributed their specialized
knowledge to the care of the patient, all for the welfare of the patient.
As a student at Chiropractic College, she worked as a teaching assistant where she taught Microbiology and Clinical Chemistry. She also co-authored two unpublished books with her supervisor in Laboratory Clinical Chemistry and Microbiology. Dr. Ikwugwalu was invited by the dean of Everglade University to develop and teach alternative medicine class in 2005 and was appointed as one of the board members of the Everglades University in 2006.
Dr. Ikwugwalu has been involved in health promotion and has been working with individuals with Parkinson, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer, and cardiovascular diseases since 2010. She worked with Health and Exercise Rehabilitation Services as the director of programming. She volunteered with March of Dines Aphasia group and currently volunteers as a Support group Facilitator for Parkinson Society of Ontario at Newmarket location.
Dr. Ikwugwalu is an active community member who strives to teach and promote the benefits of chiropractic and wellness care. She truly believes that optimum health and wellness is the ultimate unique blend of mind, body, and spirit.
Therefore, when the mind and body work harmoniously, optimum health is achieved. She is committed to providing quality services to you and also dedicated to giving you individualized care to improve your overall health.
What many people may not know about you?
I love to design both clothes and items. Growing up, I designed my own clothes and tailors were always looking forward to sew my clothes. I wanted to be a professional fashion designer on the side as a teenager. I started designing my own clothes in high school and in college designed clothes for me and my friends. I enjoyed designing my own clothes because it gave me the joy and possibility to wear something different from what my peers wear and to stand out from the crowd. It bores me to wear what everyone else is wearing.
What's your inspiration and how do you get motivated?
I think what inspired me was that I am a people person and love people. I love the idea of helping people feel better when they are sick there is nothing more rewarding than that!
Chiropractic and Wellness care helps people reach their health potential and live a normal, and healthy life. I want to inspire my future children of black heritage or minorities to reach for the stars and to always strive to make a difference. It gives me great power when I know that I have the ability to do something, and do it well.
How did you get to where you are now and what more should we expect?
I worked really hard to get to where I am now knowing that I was not going to get a pass in life. I always love to learn and believe that education is very important. I never stopped learning.
What would you like to be remembered for?
I want to be remembered as a Child of God who kept the faith and trusted in him.
I want to be remembered as a good decent person who helped and cared for those in need and loved unconditionally
Also, I want to be remembered as a great mother, a good daughter, a good wife who always smiled, and always happy.
Finally, I want to be remembered for all my accomplished person
How do you balance work, family, friends and leisure?
I try to set my priorities straight. My daughter comes first other than God in my life. Set up my schedule so that I will not miss out in her life. I try to block work life at home as much as possible. I do not bring home to work that way I maintain professional life at work. I also minimize working weekends as much as possible. I make out time to call my friends, parents and siblings. I try to multi task too but makes sure that the family time is not compromised.
What's your favorite food, book, music and movie?
My favorite food is Chinese Fried Rice
My favorite book is: Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe
My favorite music: I will always love you by Witney Houston
My favorite Movie: When a Man loves a woman a1994 American romantic drama film written by Al Franken and Ronald Bas
What's your experience as a Black person in Canada? (Also suggest solutions if any challenge)?
My experience as a Black person in Canada is that the playing field if not leveled.
Are there as many opportunities for Blacks in Canada that can produce role models and institutions like TD Jakes, Beyonce, Tyler Perry, Obama, BET, etc?
I don’t think so.
Mention a few of your favorite Black Canadian Leaders, Artists and Role Models?
I haven’t met any yet.
Should & do Blacks support / patronize black music, events and businesses?
No. Black people.
What's your understanding of Black History in Canada?
Black Canadian refers to people of Caribbean and African descent. Most black in Canada came to Canada through immigration unlike in USA where African American’s came to the USA through Slavery. People that came to Canada came on free will.