Black History Month Reception


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Get up! Stand up! There is Power in Unity

Join us this Black History month as we explore harnessing allyship and leadership.

Now is the time to Get Up, Stand Up for meaningful and lasting change. Dismantling anti-Black racism requires action, accountability and leadership. Participation is necessary and support is required to amplify equity denied voices.

Black History Month Reception

Feb. 5, 2022 | 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Family Friendly | Must  Register in Advance

Join us for a Black History Month Reception featuring live entertainment with Enchanting Steelpan, featured guests, spoken word poetry, Keynote speaker on Allyship, and more.

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Reception Program

10:30 to 12:30 p.m.

Enchanting Steelpan 

Matthew Palomino, Youth Director,  Master of Ceremonies

Lee Miller, Executive Director, York Region Alliance of African Canadian Communities, Libation Ceremony 

Jerisha Grant-Hall, Chairperson, Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association, Opening Remarks

Janis Luttrell, Vice-Chair,  Land Acknowledgement

Quisha Wint, National and Black Anthems

MP Van Bynen, Federal Government 

MPP Elliott, Provincial Government 

Mayor John Taylor, Town of Newmarket             

Chief McSween, York Regional Police                 

AFIWI Groove School, Afro-Caribbean Dance Group

Loralea Carruthers, Keynote Speaker

Award Presentation        

Jayla Hall, Spoken Word

Pauline Jones, Board Director, Closing Remarks 

Enchanting Steelpan 

Meet the Keynote Speaker:

Loralea Carruthers

Carruthers Head shot (4).jpgLoralea Carruthers currently advocates for her community as a Ward One Councillor for the Town of East Gwillimbury. 

As a first term Councillor, Loralea has established the town’s first Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee. Through the work of this committee the town has adopted an Inclusion Charter, a multi-faith calendar, increased staff equity training and had a community flagpole erect at the Civic Centre enabling the town to raise the Black History Month flag for the first time.

Prior to being elected to Town Council, Loralea served as an elected Public School Trustee for 17 years. In 2016, in light of ongoing anti-Black racism and other systemic issues at the school board, Loralea stepped up and won election as Chair of the Board. Under her leadership, the Board aggressively worked to address equity concerns and improve public accountability by:

  • Launching working groups to address issues and advise the Board on anti-Black racism, Classism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, 
  • Initiating Human Rights and Equity Training for Trustees and senior staff
  • Creating a Human Rights Office and an Independent Office of an Integrity Commissioner 
  • Re-establishing the Every Students Counts Survey
  • Jolding the first Ring of Peace Rally to signify the Board’s unity against hate
  • Introducing Land Acknowledgements and Heritage Month recognitions at Board meetings 
  • Installing a second flagpole to visibly demonstrate the Board’s support of diverse communities by flying their flags.

Loralea was widely praised for her leadership in putting the board back on track, including winning a Human Rights Award from the National Council of Canadian Muslims for her ongoing efforts as School Board Chair in nurturing inclusive schools for all. 

Loralea Carruthers is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and French, earned a Master's of Education degree from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology as well as an Executive Certificate in Conflict Management from the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law.

Black History Month Closing Reception

Feb 26, 2022 | 12 to 3 p.m.

Family Friendly | Must  Register in Advance

Join us and pick up mouthwatering classic cuisine from the Caribbean. 

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Support the UJAMMA Marketplace: 

Come, See, Celebrate and Support Black Owned & Operated Businesses

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The Ujamaa Black-Owned Marketplace is the foundation to a social enterprise  that is intended to unite the Black community around the goal of economic development through cooperative economics.  Visit the marketplace to support local Black owned businesses featuring goods for purchase from throughout the Diaspora.

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