Kamala-Jean Gopie is very involved in the life of her community. She has served in a volunteer capacity with a number of organizations across a wide spectrum of endeavor within the Toronto area. For the most part, her focus has been on community development, human rights and the arts. Accordingly, she has been President of the Jamaican Canadian Association as well as the Urban Alliance Race Relations. She was Vice Chair of the United Way of Toronto. In addition to volunteering at the Toronto International Film Festival, Tafelmusik, Canadian Stage and Tarragon on Theatre, she has served on the boards of Harbourfront Corporation, Roy Thomson and Massey Hall Corporation, Obsidian Theatre, Toronto Arts Council and the National Ballet of Canada.
In recognition of her volunteerism and work within the community, Kamala Jean has been the recipient of a number of awards. These include Queen Elizabeth Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, the Order of Ontario, the city of Toronto William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations, the Gardiner Award from Metropolitan Toronto, the YWCA Woman of Distinction, The Harry Jerome Award and the Arbour Award from the University of Toronto.
Kamala-Jean is a graduate of the University of Toronto. She holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Master of Education degree. Education was her field of professional activity, working primarily in the elementary sector. After retiring as an Education Officer at the Ministry of Education, she was appointed to the Immigration and Refugee Board where she was a member for 8 years. She then served for two years as a part-time Ontario Human Rights Commissioner.