100 ABC Honourees

Dr. Alissa Trotz (Toronto, Ontario)

Parent, teacher, public intellectual, learning always. To the next Generation: “Nurture an insatiable curiosity – it is your responsibility to ask tough questions and find ways to get them answered. Remember ...

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Aina-Nia Ayo’dele (Toronto, Ontario)

Founder and managing director of Sacred Women International. To the next Generation: “Far more can be realized quicker by listening instead of speaking. Profound clarity can be gained in questioning ...

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Mitzie Hunter

Prior to becoming an MPP, Hunter was CEO of the Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance where she championed solutions to some of the region’s toughest social, economic, and environmental challenges. Prior ...

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Rose-Ann Bailey

Rose-Ann interprets her personal observations, the vulnerability of her subject’s body image, gender identity, and sexuality, through a post-colonial identity construction and health equity lens. Her discursive and figural production ...

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Zanana Akande

Zanana Akande was born in downtown Toronto in the Kensington Market district. Her parents came from St. Lucia and Barbados, where they had worked as teachers. They were prevented from ...

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Stephnie Yarde-Payne

My advice to the next generation would be to become literate, because I am seeing a new breed of illiterate young people, and hopefully the next generation will be better ...

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Juanita Westmoreland-Traore

My most significant achievements have been shared achievements. I believe the most significant is my enduring relationship with so many former students who are now actively engaged in many social ...

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Nerene Virgin

Nerene is guided by words her mother instilled in her as a child, “You come into this world owning your dignity and decency, and you will leave with those traits ...

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Yara Vasconcelos

Even at six years of age, adults were astounded by her art skill, not believing she had drawn such intricate pieces herself. At eleven, Yara moved to Canada where her ...

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Tracey-Acadia Thomas

Her best advice for the next generation: Never allow your circumstances to dictate your place in life. I grew up in a very dysfunctional environment and was forced to leave ...

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