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Durham Black Network presents our 2nd Black Experience Townhall in partnership with The Municipality of Clarington and The Clarington Public Library on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 6:30pm Eastern at the New Castle Community Hall, 20 King Avenue West, Newcastle, ON L1B-1H7 focusing on the Justice System & Policing through Real-Life Stories; Experty Advice on navigating the system, advocacy, strategies with community dialogues on building relationships and moving forward because TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER®. Security by EPS Security.
6:30pm – 6:45pm Welcome & Greetings
Segment 1: Justice System
6:45pm– 6:55pm Elaine Gardner, Story
6:55pm – 7:05pm Peter Thorning, Lawyer
7:05pm – 7:30pm Community Dialogue
Segment 2: Policing
7:30pm – 7:40pm Greg Frankson, Story
7:40pm – 7:50pm Joseph Maiorano, DRPS
7:50pm – 8:00pm Vidal A. Chavannes, DRPS
8:00pm – 8:25pm Community Dialogue
8:25pm – 8:30pm Closing
"Her Disability exposed her to Racism. TV Show host Carion Fenn breaks her silence & lend her voice to Women & Persons with a Disability to help break down barriers as a community."
Hear her TRUTH of Anti-Black Racism at the Superior Court of Justice Oshawa. How RACE & DISABILITY are impacting Women, Black Women, Minority Women & Persons with a Disability. A BLACK WOMAN WITH A DISABILITY was not AFFORDED her legal right to Disability Accommodation under the Human Rights Code, AODA & Bill C-81 Accessible Canada Act with Reprisal.
Former Minister & Ajax MPP, Rod Phillips, Lawyer Valentine Lovekin, Councillor & Family Court Lawyer Deidre Newman has been a great support to Ms. Fenn and her child Eithan. Among Durham Black Network, Abilies Centre President & CEO Stuart McReynalds, Dr. Ian Horseman, Dr. Sal, Dr. Ashok Mukherjee, Regional Chair John Henry, Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan, Kennedy's Intervention Services Inc., Black Actions Defense Committee, Human Rights Legal Support, ARCH Disability Law Centre and many others. It is time to break these chains and free our community. To do so we MUST work together. So let's talk Durham. Together We Are Stronger®
Criminal Defence Lawyer
Peter Thorning is an experienced criminal defence lawyer with more than 20 years representing people and corporations at both the trial and appellate level, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Thorning has successfully defended all manner of charges including: murder; fraud; sexual assault; and drinking and driving related offences. Mr. Thorning has also successfully defended regulatory charges and professional discipline cases, including Occupational Health and Safety and Fire Safety Cases. Mr. Thorning has experience on both sides of the table as he started practicing as a Crown Attorney at the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, and has also been employed by the Ministry of Labour. Mr. Thorning also conducts prosecutions for the Electrical Safety Authority.
Elaine is a social worker with the Region of Durham. Past service recipient and also past board member of WMRCC.
Director of Strategy, Research
& Organizational Performance
Durham Region Police Service
Vidal A. Chavannes, Ed.D, M.A.Ed., B.A., B.Ed, is currently the Director of Strategy, Research & Organizational Performance with Durham Regional Police Service. Dr. Chavannes has more than fifteen years of extensive experience in education and training in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, including secondary, post-secondary and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) teaching and program development, delivery, evaluation and review. He holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Calgary, with a specialization in Leadership. Dr. Chavannes has worked in a full-time and consulting capacity with a variety of public, private and non-profit organizations, all within the training and education ecosystem. Through these engagements, he has written curriculum, developed articulation agreements, managed faculty and staff and charted the strategic direction of a variety of organizations across North America and internationally. Dr. Chavannes is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the University of Toronto, where he is working on a national research study focused on Black student university access. He is also an Associate Member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies at Ryerson University, where he is supervising a PhD candidate in the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.
Founder & CEO
Greg Frankson is the founder and CEO of Voice Share Inc., which provides training, coachig/mentorship, and consulting services focused on transformative organizational change through inclusive leadership and effective communication. Prior to creating Voice Share in 2018, Greg was a teacher, arts educator, event producer, corporate trainer, and anti-discrimination facilitator. Throughout his career, Greg has used his voice to create social change as an advocate, award-winning literary artist, and media commentator. Artistically, he published three poetry collections, contributed to five anthologies, edited AfriCANthology: Perspectives of Black Canadian Poets (2022), and released four full-length audio recordings, among many other achievements. He was also an on-air poetic commentator on Here and Now Toronto on CBC Radio One. In community, his leadership resulted in the overdue commemoration of Robert Sutherland, Canada’s first known university graduate of colour and first Black lawyer, at Queen’s University and across Canada. His words have been published in periodicals and poetry journals on three continents.
Deputy Chief Joe Maiorano (Interim) is currently the officer in charge of Policing Operations.
Joe has enjoyed a diverse career in frontline policing as a uniform patrol officer and as a member of the Service’s Tactical Support Unit. Throughout his career Joe experienced administrative assignments in policy development and planning, investigative assignments in the Criminal Investigations Bureau and Professional Standards Unit, Inspector roles in the Duty Inspector’s Office and Communications/911 Unit, and Superintendent of Patrol Operations, Operational Support and Patrol Support Branches.
Joe attended the University of Western Ontario where he earned his Bachelor of Arts (Economics) and continued his studies at Queen’s University earning his Master of Business Administration (Queen’s University).
Joe is noted for leading the successful transition of the Service’s multi-agency interoperable public safety radio system, building the system from the ground up. The system currently serves over 3400 users consisting of the police, eight municipal fire services, the Region of Durham, Ontario Tech University / Durham College security, and Ontario Power Generation Security and Emergency Services.
Joe has volunteered his time with a number of Boards in the Community and currently serves as the Durham Regional Police Service Diversity Advisory Committee Co-chair.
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