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Lets Celebrate Together, Stories Of Being Black In Canada

Is an Assistant Professor at the University of Windsor in the School of Social Work. She has taught at Sheridan College in programs: Child and Youth Work and Social Service Work. Her doctoral research uses spatial theory and discourse analysis to focus on the anti-Black racism, the politics of race, social identity, and marginalized youth in school expulsion programs and other spaces of exclusion. She holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto and pursued her BSW, MSW, and PhD degrees at York University. Camisha has extensive experience working with ‘at risk’ youth as a school social worker in the Peel District School Board expulsion program and as a clinician/researcher assessing the effect of anti-Black racism on the lives of the accused/convicted for courts to consider upon sentencing. She counselled wards of the Children’s Aid Society as a mental health practitioner in private practice; and she is a clinical agent for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer.

Dr. Camisha Sibblis

Is an Assistant Professor in the School of Child and Youth Care at Ryerson University, whose research and activism focuses on issues of African Canadian empowerment, anti-racism, systems change, and community-based prevention. He holds a Ph.D. in Community Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a M.HSc. in Health Promotion from the University of Toronto. He maintains an active program of research in child welfare, which includes needs assessments of African Canadians involved in the child welfare system, and evaluations of the Cross-Over Youth Project (a systems change initiative for youth dually involved in child welfare and youth justice systems) in various communities. Dr. Hasford has extensive professional experience in residential and community-based youth work, including over eight years as a frontline worker in group home and foster care settings. Over the last several years, he has also been involved in anti-racist advocacy through work with organizations such as the Black Community Action Network of Peel, Tabono Institute, and the Ontario Association for Children’s Aid Society (OACAS), serving as co-chair of the OACAS One Vision, One Voice Provincial Advisory Committee.

Dr. Julian Hasford

Has worked in the Diversity field for over 20 years, and her most recent role was as the Provincial Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, where she worked to support the development of equitable services, programs and processes for children, youth, families and staff. Jean is a graduate of the University of Toronto and is a Certified Change Management Professional, as well as a trained facilitator of Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppressive Practice. Jean also holds the designation as a Certified Canadian Inclusion Professional (CCIPTM) from the Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion, and she is passionate about social justice, human rights and equity. Her motto is ‘Be hard on the issues but gentle with people”, and she brings a unique perspective, and uses her talents to build awareness and understanding of how unconscious and conscious biases contribute to the marginalization and oppression of individuals in society. As a consultant, she works with Governors and Senior Executives in the education, healthcare, social service and legal systems, driving them to better understand their role in creating equitable and inclusive organizations to support the dismantling of individual, systemic and structural discrimination and oppression. Jean is most proud of her work in the area community engagement to support the progress towards more equitable and inclusive workplace environments, to which she was recently nominated and earned a finalist position for the 2020 International Peace Awards under the category of Multiculturalism and Diversity.

Jean Samuel

Is an accomplished senior executive who has held leadership positions in private and public sector organizations. Craig's expertise includes: strategic planning, management and leadership, diversity and inclusion, communications and marketing, media and public relations, digital media, and executive education. Wellington has managed strategic marketing and sponsorship campaigns with organizations including: Labbatt, Scotiabank, Nike, KPMG, Western Union, Roots, McDonald's, RBC, Bombardier, CityTV, BET, the Toronto Star, and various Provincial and Federal Government Ministries. Craig has developed and managed successful executive education programs in partnership with Ivey Business School, Western University and Seneca College on subjects including: public sector management; ethical leadership; data analytics and persuasion; and implicit bias. Wellington also has decades of experience working within the media and with not for profit and community based organizations to address systemic social justice issues in the criminal justice and education systems. He was recently a member of the Toronto Chief of Police's Black Community Consultative Committee, and is a current advisory board member of the Black Community Action Network of Peel Region (BCAN), a strategic advisor to the Jamaican-Canadian Association; and provides strategic and operational management expertise for large scale technology and educational projects currently being implemented at several schools in Jamaica. Craig has extensive experience working in the media and is a frequent guest on national tv and radio programs on CBC, CTV and other media outlets. He has produced and hosted a national CBC program on the Canadian Immigrant Experience, and develops dynamic media projects for film, tv and digital channels.

Craig Wellington