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RESOURCES

Community Resources

Across Boundaries

Mental health and Addiction support and services for racialized communities. https://www.acrossboundaries.ca

Urban Alliance on Race Relations

Works with the community, public and private sectors to provide educational programs and research, which are critical in addressing racism in society. https://www.urbanalliance.ca

Black Business and Professional Association

Supports black businesses, offers scholarships, financial literacy classes and more resources available.  https://bbpa.org

BLACK Lives Matter - Canada

Canada's chapter of the global Black Lives Matter movement

https://blacklivesmatter.ca

Cornerstone Family Services

Cornerstone Family Services is committed to providing programs, services and products that empower parents and educators to nurture responsible, independent, confident and happy kids despite their limitations, diagnosis, and challenges. 

https://www.marlenespence.comhttps://www.rewardum.com

Free Good Food Boxes for Black Families

FoodShare and Not Another Black Life is giving away 454 FREE GoodFood Boxes for Black families who are currently self-isolating in Toronto. Contact 416-363-6441  Email: info@foodshare.net

Supports for Black Parents

Provides links to 10 programs supported by the Innovative Supports for Black Parents Initiative.

Free Counselling Sessions for Black Parents

Offers support for women, children and families seeking support for mental health issues and opportunities for growth. 

Black Moms Connection Facebook Group

Connection with a founded-in-Toronto online global village of over 15,000 members and non-profits providing culturally relevant programs and resources to educate and empower the Black mother and her family.

Toronto For All

Offers Anti-Black Racism & mental health resources.

Rights of Passage

Offers online programming specific to African-Canadian men and women, to explore, mature and grow into their full identity as young African-Canadians. Contact Paul Osbourne at 416-645-6000 ext. 2320.

COVID-19 GTA Black Community Emergency Support Fund

Black Lives Matter-Toronto will be giving out one time stipends of $125 or $250 to Black people through an online application process, depending on need (please self-assess).

Centre francophone du Grand Toronto Mental Health Crisis Line (French only)

Support line that provides culturally-appropriate mental health services for young people under 25. The support line is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 647-881-6761 or 647-268-2016.

Blackstone Foundation Library

Non-profit dedicated to promoting knowledge of self through a culture of learning and reading. https://www.blackstonefoundationlibrary.org

Black Youth Helpline

Mental health and Addiction support and services  https://blackyouth.ca

Caribbean African Canadian Social Services

Employment search help, family services, services for youth

https://cafcan.org  /  416-740-1056

CEE Centre For Young Black Professionals

Charity dedicated to addressing the economic and social barriers that affect black youth  https://ceetoronto.org

WFG Cambridge

World Financial Group offers a leading financial services platform and experience to help pursue your financial goals. https://agents.wfgcanada.ca/on/cambridge/sylvia-dixon

How Money Works Booklet: https://howmoneyworks.com

Black Health Alliance

For various resources and wraparound services during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit their website or call (647) 367-6656.

Black Creek Community Farm Emergency Food Box

Call 416-393-6381 for application.

Emergency Food Support: Afri-Can FoodBasket

Working to provide emergency food support to individuals and families within Black communities in Toronto who have been affected by COVID19 and are in need to support access to food. Call (416) 832-5639.

SNAP (Stop Now And Plan)

Offers free culturally-sensitive supports for children ages 6-11 and their families with a focus on those that identify as being of African descent in the following areas: boys/girls skill based groups, parent skill based groups, individual counseling and community connections, school advocacy/support and other interventions as needed. Email: snap@dfrc.ca

The Kujistahi (self-respect) program 

provides culturally-relevant Black family programs for children, youth and parents. Kuji Kids is a space for Black parents and their children to play, laugh and learn, every Monday 10:30-12:30. For more information please contact 416.735.8376 or kujistahi@dfrc.ca.

Black Legal Action Centre

A list of COVID-relevant resources for Black communities including: financial aid, housing, employment, family supports, emergency supports, legal aid, and mental health.

Housing Security for Black Tenants

Legal, social and financial information specifically for Black tenants to support them during this time. If you require legal advice and you believe you are being discriminated against because you are Black, please contact 1-877-736-9406 (toll-free), at 416-597-5831 or on the TTY Line: 1 800 855 0511.

8 Mental Health Practices

For people of African descent while isolated.

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KEIE is 100% funded by community donations. To support the work we are doing for the black community in Canada and beyond, please consider making a donation. 

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KEIE Guest Speakers

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Jason James

Guest Speaker

20+ veteran within Senior Management within the Financial and public sector

Cybersecurity architect and certified ethical hacker

DJ and father 

 

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Brenton Alleyne

Guest Speaker

  • Founder & Entrepreneur- Alleynes Men’s Grooming Company.

  • Through his career, he has built two businesses and sold one. His current business has expanded to 2 locations.

  • Trinidadian descent, husband, and father of two girls.

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Andrew Ogilvie

Guest Speaker

  • U of T Graduate in Sociology/Political Science

  • 16+ veteran of the civil service, focused on policy development through research, engaging with stakeholders from all sectors, and designing programs that meet the needs of the community.

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Joella Connaught

Guest Speaker

  • Graduate of Ryerson University's Social Work Program (B.S.W.)

  • 18+ years in social work, 12 of those years in the Developmental Disabilities Service Sector

  • Active board member and council member at school and daycare establishments 

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Benjamin DeGraff

Guest Speaker

  • A Successful Event Professional within 300+ successful events ranging from weddings, corporate leadership series, fundraisers and community events through his DJ business.

  • Aspiring DJ, husband, father, sports fanatic and creator of a music and leadership programs and music initiatives

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Casey Palmer

Guest Speaker

  • Husband. Father. Storyteller.

  • 12+ veteran of the civil service
  • Casey is a Canadian Dad from Toronto, Ontario who shares his fatherhood journey at Casey Palmer.

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Sylvia Dixon

Guest Speaker

  • Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts - majored in Linguistics.

  • A Financial Consultant and a Marketing Director with Trinity Financial Solutions & Associates - based out of Cambridge, ON; which is one of the 270+ offices on the World Financial Group Canada Inc. platform.

  • Passion focused through financial literacy and advising

  • Actively teaching/ and educating through local and regional workshops on a regular basis across Ontario; 

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Stefan Cvijetan

Guest Speaker

  • Stefan has a Bachelors of Health Sciences with focuses in Kinesthetics and Health Policy from York University.  

  • Experience focused in consulting over various health topics including nutrition, strength training & rehabilitation.

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Lauren Beckford

Guest Speaker

  • 17 year Educator with Peel District School Board

  • Devoted Christian and public speaker 
     

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Olivia DeGraaf

Guest Speaker

  • Public School Teacher within the York Region District School Board

  • 20 years passionate about empowering the youth and focusing on our underserved students.

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Marlene Spence

Guest Speaker

  • 21+ years of experience supporting children and their families who have experienced challenges related to autism, ADHD, anxiety, developmental delay, and other behavioural challenges.

  • Child Behaviour Specialist, Parent Coach

  • Founder of Cornerstone Family Services and the Creator of Reward’um™, the first re-stickable routine chart for families featured on CTV, CHCH and Cityline.

  • 15 years assisting school-based teams with strategic program development and planning to develop safe and nurturing classrooms.

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Duane Hall

Guest Speaker

  • A Musician and Actor for over 20 years.

  • Educator with Peel District School Board
     

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Miranda Mckie

Guest Speaker

  •  Manager in Data Architecture and Engineering and leads the People Analytics function for Accenture Applied Intelligence Canada.

  • Leads the GTA Women’s ERG and is a Board Member on the Toronto Board of Trade’s Young People’s Committee.

  • Prior to Accenture, Miranda co-founded and was the
    President of a non-profit, Young Women in Business (YWiB) Toronto, which focuses on providing women with a strong and sustainable network of support to enable their professional development..

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Lola Adeyemi

Guest Speaker

  • Lola Adeyemi is Founder of 'It's Souper', an Afro-fusion soup line launched in November 2018. 

  • It’s Souper is the first African & Black Owned Soup line in Canada

  • Nominated for 'Best New Product of the Year' in 2019 by the Retail Council of Canada only months after hitting the stores. Her Chicken Peanut Soup recipe was in the Final 3, recognized by industry experts and leaders.

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Simply Leah

Guest Speaker

  • Event Host, Club MC

  • Radio Personality working with Toronto's BEST urban music Vibe 105.5 FM 

  • A writer and media blogger 

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Stephanie Dixon

Guest Speaker

  • Holistic Nutritionist, and Educator

  • Focused on helping people to be empowered around their overall health and well-being through group workshops and one on one coaching.

  • Extensive experience from a holistic perspective: creating life plans that fulfill on wellness goals around healthy eating, stress and pain management, emotional and mental health wellness, and the connection between health and financial balance.

  • Focused support within the health of families, and more specifically children, women, and those with chronic pain conditions.