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Durham Black Network is hosting its Black Experience Townhall, November 29, 2023, 6pm - 9pm focusing on Education & Child Welfare at CLARINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, NEWCASTLE BRANCH, 150 King Avenue East, Newcastle, ON L1B 1H5 Canada in partnership with The Municipality of Clarington and The Clarington Public Library. No Cost. Limited Capacity. Register now to secure a spot. Online Access Available.
A modernized approach in recognizing, engaging community, and addressing systemic barriers in creating equity and equality for all. We are looking at the Education System, Child Welfare, Barriers, Policies and how we can move forward as a community. Join the Conversation. This Program is funded by: Carion Fenn Foundation, Canadian Race Relations Foundation, The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 322, Livewell Pathway, The Municipality of Clarington, and The Clarington Public Library.
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Black Experience Townhall – November 29, 2023
Theme: Education & Child Welfare
Newcastle – MAIN EVENT LOCATION (40) with the host & Speakers
Bowmanville –OVERFLOW LOCATION (30)
Online Access Available
6:00pm – 6:30pm Networking & Exhibitors
6:30pm – 6:40pm Welcome & Greetings
6:40pm – 6:50pm Speaker 1 (Catholic School Board)
6:50pm – 7:00pm Entertainment: Radykal Jahz, Poetry
7:00pm – 7:15pm Speaker 2 (Public School Board)
7:15pm – 7:25pm Break & Exhibitors
7:25pm – 7:40pm Janelle Benjamin, Human Rights
7:40pm – 7:55pm Kingsley Gilliam, Director
Black Action Defense Committee Inc.
7:55pm – 8:10pm Peter Thorning, Criminal Defence Lawyer
Brauti Thorning LLP
8:10pm – 8:40pm Community Dialogue
(Research, Stories, Q & A and Accountability)
8:40pm – 8:50pm Healing Activity (Yoga)
Tessa Sebro, Yoga & Pilates Specialist
8:50pm – 9:00pm Closing
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. <click here> to learn more about Carion Fenn.
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. To learn more about Peter Thorning <Click Here>
Janelle Benjamin is a Juris Doctor with almost 20 years of experience in diversity and inclusion, accessibility, and human rights. She has expertise leading corporate-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, making system-wide improvements to workplace policies and practices, and working with senior leadership to break systemic barriers to inclusion in society, so that everyone may participate fully. Her recommendations for change have resulted in large-scale transformation to organizations and continuous improvement in a multitude of sectors and she has been featured in Forbes, the Globe & Mail, the Toronto, Star, and has been seen on Rogers TV and the Ebony Podcast Network. To learn more about Janelle <Click Here>
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.
Disclaimer: This program will be recorded, posted online, and shared with other platforms to help increase awareness, improve our community, and allow others to learn from the content. By attending you are giving us your permission to record your image, conversation and give up permission to distribute this content as sees fix. This program will be recorded by the Carion Fenn Foundation. If you do not feel comfortable being included in the recording, please let us know before the event. If you have any concerns regarding this waiver or any media that may be captured, please contact Carion Fenn Foundation at 289-923-8170. The physical location is covered by WMRCC, if you have any questions about the location or Covid-19 guidelines please contact the organization. Anyone having Covid-19 symptoms are asked to please cancel your ticket. A Covid-19 screening will be in effect by WMRCC at the location on the day of the Program. We take no responsibility or liability. By attending you are accepting any risk, liability, and we (Carion Fenn Foundation & WMRCC are not responsible and do not take any liability.