Charmaine Williams and Kevin Yarde honored

At the 2019 Black History Month KickOff

@ The West Tower Conservatory

We are celebrating 2019 Black History Month in Brampton while applauding the contributions of past and present Black Canadian icons in Canada and beyond. It’s a better acknowledgment this year as both the Mayor and City Council have embarked on showing greater support to celebrating Black History Month.
We are celebrating 2019 Black History Month in Brampton while applauding the contributions of past and present Black Canadian icons in Canada and beyond. It’s a better acknowledgment this year as both the Mayor and City Council have embarked on showing greater support to celebrating Black History Month.

With Kim on the mic, Paul Ade acknowledges Mayor Brown for his progressive efforts towards the Black community.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Greetings was delivered by MP Sonia-Sidhu, MPP Amarjot Sandhu also brought message from Premier Doug Ford

Kim Ajibolade-Shelley Receives BHM Proclamation for the community from the Mayor and some members of the Brampton City Council

L to R: – Paul Ade, and Member of Provincial Parliament Kevin Yarde

History Recorded

The 2018 elections were both historical for our community, as Brampton got its 1st female Black Councillor and 1st black Provincial Member of Parliament. While the city of Brampton has a significant population of Black and African descent, this is not proportionately reflected in the number of elected officials, business owners and other areas used in measuring economic growth and inclusion. On a good note, the newly elected Mayor Patrick Brown has made the inclusion of Black Canadians in Brampton an important part of his mandate. For this reason, the Mayor was ceremoniously acknowledged by the Diversity Advancement Network at the kickoff ceremony of the Black History Month.

Our Heroes Honored

Rahel Appiagyei-David, the Regional Director for the Black Women Honors and Empowerment, was on stage to honor Charmaine Williams, the 1st female City Councillor elected into office in Brampton. Charmaine spoke passionately on her life’s journey and how she was victorious despite all odds. Rahel was back on stage to make a special presentation to MPP Kevin Yarde, the 1st black Member of Parliament elected into office in Brampton. He also gave an outstanding speech that helped the audience understand the essence of Black History Month. Both MPP Kevin Yarde and Councillor Charmaine Williams are outstanding citizens of Brampton who have consistently served in many ways and are viewed as Role Models to the community.

L to R:-  Paul Ade, Andria Thompson, Councillor Charmaine Williams, & Kim Ajibolade-Shelley

Special Flag Presentation

The kickoff event was officially hosted by Kimberlee Shelley-Ajibolade, District Manager of the Black Women Honors and Empowerment in Brampton. A special flag presentation was made to the City of Brampton through Mayor Patrick Brown. The presentation was led by Kimberlee Ajibolade-Shelley and other executives of Black Women Honors and Empowerment, Rahel Appiagyei-David, Stella Alize-ele, Janice Pettiford, Paul Ade, and Andria Thompson.

Special Presentation of Flag to the City of Brampton by the Executives of BWHE

Head-shot Picture of the Black History Month Kickoff event

Government Greetings

While a special greeting message from the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau was read and presented by MP Sonia Sidhu, MPP Amarjot Sandhu also delivered a special greeting message from the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford. Community leaders and dignitaries present at this kickoff event include Members of Brampton City Council, Peel Police, and Brampton Fire Department.

Leadership By Example

It was a great day indeed. A significant highlight of the event was the keynote speech delivered by our beloved, former Brampton City Councillor, Garnett Manning. Bishop Clive Walters of New Life Kingdom Ministries led prayers at this kickoff celebration.  
 

L to R – Garnett Manning, Frances Bradshaw, and Daphne Gabriel

Mayor Patrick Brown, MPP Kevin Yarde, and Councillor Charmaine Williams takes picture with the Executives of the Black Women Honors & Empowerment

More To Come

The kickoff event is one of several black history months events happening in the city. The City of Brampton is running 2 additional events in the month of February. Both the “Taste of Black History Month” on Friday, February 22, and the “Closing Event” on Thursday, February 28, 2019. These events were made possible by the Mayor and the City Council. Other organizations in partnership and co-hosting these and other events with the city are BCAN Peel, Free For All Foundation, United Achievers Community Services Inc., Bringing Talents to Life and Black Women Honors and Empowerment. There will be Free refreshments, vendor booths, kids activities, a special Viola Desmond 10$ Bill exchange, along with stage performances that will include dance, poetry, spoken word, and music, along with a special officer recognition of Deputy Chief Marc Andrews, and Ingrid Berkeley at the Mayor’s Black History Award Ceremony. 

Mayor Patrick Brown delivering his Keynote speech at the BHM Kickoff 

Mayor Patrick Brown takes picture with some of the Peel Police officers 

Mayor Brown and Councillor Williams with Brampton Fire Service Officers

Mayor Patrick Brown, Councillor Charmaine Williams, and other Council members

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BLACK HISTORY

BLACK HISTORY MONTH KICKOFF EVENT IN BRAMPTON. A SHOWCASE OF INCLUSION AND PROGRESS OF PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT.

FUNDRAISER

FUNDRAISER DINNER HELD TO EQUIP MATERNITY WARD FOR EXPECTANT MOMS. SIMILAR WILL BE HELD IN OTHER COUNTRIES.

HONORING

WE REGULARLY HOST GALAS IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES TO CELEBRATE ACHIEVERS, ROLE MODELS, AND SUCCESS STORIES.

MENTORSHIP

OUR TEAM EFFORT EXTENDS TO IMPACT YOUNG GIRLS AND YOUTHS THROUGH LITERACY AND  MENTORSHIP.

WORKING WITH VARIOUS STAKEHOLDERS TO CREATE A BETTER WORLD

PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU
OF CANADA WITH PAUL ADE, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT NETWORK

PRIME MINISTER MAMADY YOULA
OF GUINEA WITH PAUL ADE, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT NETWORK

PRIME MINISTER ANDREW HOLNESS
OF JAMAICA WITH PAUL ADE, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT NETWORK

PREMIER DOUG FORD
OF ONTARIO WITH PAUL ADE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT NETWORK