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Durham Black Network invite you to join our FREE Black Experience Townhall in partnership with The Municipality of Clarington and The Clarington Public Library on Saturday, February 11th, 2023, 5pm Eastern in recognition of Black History Month at the Newcastle Community Hall, 20 King Avenue West, Newcastle, ON L1B 1H7. The power of sharing the moments of sacrifice, success and strength that help shape the Black Community. Supported by Canadian Race Relations Foundation. Register now to secure a spot. Security by EPS.
A modernized approach in recognizing Black History Month, engaging community, and addressing systemic barriers while Celebrating Black Excellence. We are looking at the Healthcare System, Barriers, Policies and how we can move forward as a community. Join the Conversation.
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5:30pm Welcome & Greetings
5:45pm Mental Wellbeing Speakers
Dr. Jean Henry, Psychotherapist
Nicole Perryman, Social Worker
6:05pm Community Dialogue
Healthcare & Mental Wellbeing
6:30pm Break & Networking
7:00pm Entertainment (Poetry)
Yvonne Osagie, Medical Student
“How might we reduce racial health
inequalities in the healthcare system”
7:35pm Breakout Session
8:05pm Olga Lambert Awards
8:20pm Healthcare Speaker
Tanis Henry, Registered Nurse
8:35pm Healing Activity (Yoga)
Tessa Sebro, Yoga & Pilates Specialist
Carion Fenn is a TV show host on Rogers TV, hosting Health 180 with Carion Fenn, exploring Healthcare in Durham Region. She is the Founding President of the Carion Fenn Foundation and an award-winning Healthcare advocate including receiving the Platinum Jubilee Pin for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's 70th Anniversary in recognition of her outstanding Community Service from the Federal Government of Canada in June 2022, received from Ajax MP Mark Holland. Carion served 2 years as Parent Council Chair & Vice Chair for Durham Catholic Virtual Elementary School working beside the Principal with Parent Council to help students get through the Covid-19 Global Pandemic for Virtual School and lead the structuring of Parent Council. Carion lead Quality Care during the Covid-19 Pandemic as Chair of the Quality Committee for 2 years, she also served an additional 2 years as Vice Chair, with a total of 5 years on the Quality Committee and as a Trustee at Lakeridge Health. She also spent 4 years as Committee Board Co-Chair of The Ajax Pickering Hospital Community Panel for Lakeridge Health while governing the 5 hospitals, Pinewood Centre for addictions, Long Term-Care and Durham Mental Health Services for Durham Region. With her professional experiences she discovered that Race & Disability plays a key role in the inferior Quality Care that exist in Healthcare and she did everything she could to help address these issues. <click here> to learn more about Carion Fenn.
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Tanis Henry is a Clinical Practice Leader, and a experienced Registered Nurse, skilled in Critical Care and Emergency Medicine. Tanis is passionate about the development of health policy initiatives , and facilitating nursing education for nurses at every stage of their career. Tanis values education and appreciates its impact on nursing practice, and its influence on patient care outcomes. Tanis is experienced in identifying, planning, implementing and evaluating educational strategies that influence nursing practice and facilitate the change required to meet the patient healthcare needs. Tanis has received a Master's degree in Nursing with a focus on Health Policy & Leadership in Education through Ryerson University, and is a proud inductee of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Tanis moved to Durham Region 11 years ago, and is passionate in serving the community. Tanis is the Health Director and Durham Black Network Chair with the Carion Fenn Foundation.
Associate Minister of Women's Social and Economic Opportunity
Charmaine Williams was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the 2022 provincial election. She represents the riding of Brampton Centre as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. She is currently the Associate Minister of Women’s Social and Economic Opportunity and is the first Black woman to be appointed to a PC Cabinet. Prior to provincial politics, she was elected to the Brampton City Council.
Williams has also had a 19-year career as a certified Multi-Systemic Therapist, Behavioural Consultant, and Counsellor. As a mother of five children, she understands the importance of advocating for those who cannot always advocate for themselves. As a Brampton City Councillor, she had the opportunity to spearhead numerous economic, social, and cultural initiatives that benefited Brampton communities. Her track record of success is testament to her ability to help communities thrive, build programs and institutions to support vulnerable populations, and provide dependable leadership. She now carries her passion and experience into her new role as Associate Minister of Women’s Social and Economic Opportunity, where she intends to make lasting effort that positively impacts women and families across Ontario.
Dr. Rev. Jean Henry (Ph.D.) is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Ontario with extensive experience counselling married couples, troubled youth, and teenagers. She is also the author of Seeing Marriage through God’s Eyes, based on her Ph.D. research. Rev. Henry is the Founder and President of Circle of Love Community Outreach, a non-profit providing weekly free counselling for those in the low-income bracket, resources for the housing insecure, development workshops, and much more. Rev. Henry also operates the nightly God-Centered Prayer Line based on her experience while visiting Israel in 2019. Most importantly, she is the proud mother of six children and a foster parent for over two decades. When not doing ministry work, Rev. Henry enjoys reading, cooking, going for nature walks with her dog Grace, and entertaining those she loves.
“How might we reduce racial health inequalities in the healthcare system."
Yvonne Osagie is currently a 3rd-year MBET student at the University of Waterloo researching the intersectionality of health equity, bias, and telemedicine. Through her research and Masters, she founded Med Melanin. Med Melanin is a telemedicine provider exclusively for women of color that incorporates diversity, equity, and inclusion methodologies to improve patient outcomes. Through Med Melanin and her continued research, Yvonne aims to provide a solution that will decrease the misdiagnosis rate for women of color and improve patient outcomes. In her free time, Yvonne loves to read and listen to podcasts. She once had a podcast called Deja Vue Pod that focuses on mental health challenges and resources for millennials.
Nicole Perryman, is a Registered Social Worker, Play Therapist and Psychotherapist practicing in Durham Region. Nicole started her career supporting children, youth, and families in child welfare, social services and has worked within children's mental health, parental contact and parenting time assessments, youth involved in the criminal justice system, trauma centers, and education. Nicole is the CEO and co-founder of "Ifarada [eye -fa-ra-da] Centre for Excellence and Kujenga [cue-jenga]" Family Wellness organizations that provide culturally-informed and trauma-focused approaches for children, youth, adults, and families. She is an occasional professor, and field supervisor for students in social work, child and youth, and counseling psychology. She is also a principal equity consultant supporting organizations across Canada and Internationally on their equity journeys.
Radykal Jahz is a Jamaican born Poet who resides in Bowmanville, Ontario Canada. His Poetry is reflected of the challenged in society and his art is crafted, inspired and reflective of daily life challenges in society. With the focused theme of Faith, beneath the skin, politics, history among others to name a few, his passion can be seen in the delivery of his poetry. He's performed in various areas in Canada sharing his vision of his inspiration through poetry to bridge the injustices in society and encourage unity in society.
Tessa Sebro is a certified Yoga and Pilates Specialist and a designated Human Resources Professional, who has used mind-body exercise to overcome serious back injuries after a major car accident, to shorten her recovery time following abdominal surgeries, including the c-section birth of her daughter, and to maintain her overall physical, mental, and spiritual health. As a busy mother and wellness enthusiast, Tessa uses her personal experiences to relate to her students and provides a variety of modifications during classes to ensure a safe and welcoming practice for all levels of ability. Serenity Seven Yoga and Pilates was developed out of her passion for helping others to achieve their wellness goals. Group classes, individual sessions and wellness education are available within Durham Region and East Toronto. For more information, consult the website: serenityseven.com.
We acknowledge the support of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation with funding provided by the Government of Canada.
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