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February 11, 2005
Stories of immigration featured in Black History Month panel discussion
  
Stories of immigration is the theme of a panel presentation for Black History
Month presented by the City of Toronto and the Passages to Canada program of
the Dominion Institute.
Students from Weston Collegiate, West Toronto Collegiate and Parkdale
Collegiate will participate in the interactive discussion with a panel of
community leaders.

Hosted by Councillor Michael Thompson, the panel discussion will include well
known Toronto leaders, Dudley Laws (Jamaica), Jemeni (FLOW 93.5 - Grenada) and
Olga Lambert (Togo). Mayor David Miller will also join the program to issue the
Black History Month proclamation.

Monday, February 14, 2005
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Council Chamber
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen St. W.

Dudley Laws was born in Jamaica in 1934, and came to Canada in 1965 via England
where he started his long history of community involvement by helping new
immigrants. In Canada, he has worked with the black community, forming numerous
organizations that address issues of policing, criminal justice, immigration
and education. He has received several awards over the years for his community
work, including the Marcus Garvey Memorial Award, the Jamaican-Canadian
Community Award and the Canadian Black Achievement Award, among others.

Jemeni came to Canada from Grenada, and is now one of the original on-air
personalities on the radio station FLOW 93.5 where she hosts the Morning Rush.
In addition to working in radio, Jemeni is a storyteller, actor, musician and
budding novelist whose community involvement includes working with
developmentally challenged children.

Olga Lambert was born in France but her country of origin is Togo in West
Africa. She came to Canada 20 years ago as a student, and fell in love with the
country and decided to stay. She is a Voice Telecom Analyst with the Government
of Ontario, as well as being Current President of the Cultural Association of
Togolese of Ontario and a community volunteer for the program Help Hands, a
Federal Government Income Tax Program for low income families.

The panelists are members of the Passages to Canada program, a national
storytelling initiative of the Dominion Institute, a non-profit organization
with a mandate to promote awareness of Canadian history, citizenship and
identity.

Black History Month
In 1979 Toronto City Council officially proclaimed Black History Month. In 1993
Black History Month was proclaimed in Ontario to recognise the 200th
anniversary of the passage of legislation prohibiting the importation of slaves
and providing for the gradual abolition of slavery. National recognition came
in 1995 when the House of Commons passed a resolution which recognized February
as Black History Month.

In 2005, the City recognizes Black History Month with exhibits, theatrical
performances, concerts, walking tours and readings at various locations
throughout Toronto. More information and schedules are available at www.toronto.ca/blackhistory.

For more information on Passages to Canada please visit:
www.passagestocanada.com


Media contacts:
Linda Koehler, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, Chief
Administrator's Office, 416-397-0929
Suzanne Belanger, Passages to Canada, Dominion Institute,
416-368-9627



 

 

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