Angela James

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Angela James
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Title: Athlete
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Angela was a resident in Flemingdon Park from 1966 – 1981 with her two sisters Kim, Cindee and Mother Donna. She played Ice Hockey for the Flemingdon Boys House League and other select teams for two or three seasons.  Angela also played Softball for the local team in the area. She attended Gateway public school in JK and SK and then transferred to John XXIII Catholic School. Once she finished grade 6, Angela attended Valley Park Jr. High School and then crossed the street to, at the time, the Overlea Secondary School.  Her Mother moved the family to Georges Vanier high school, when Angela was starting grade 10.

Ms. James was a member of the Canadian Women’s Hockey team for 10 years, winning a remarkable four World Gold Medal Championships and four International Pacific Rim Championships. In addition, she was a member of the 1992 and 1994 Canadian Women’s Roller Hockey Team, which won gold at the World Championships. In a controversial decision, Ms. James was excluded from Team Canada’s Women’s Team for the 1998 Winter Olympics.  Pundits were shocked because, from 1987 until that time, she had been Canada’s perennial scoring threat, no matter where and when played. She is an honoured member of the Seneca College Hall of Fame, the Ball Hockey hall of fame and the OCAA Hall of Fame, a Seneca Distinguished Alumnist and has had her sweater retired by Seneca College and the Toronto Aeros Hockey Club. In 2012, she was the recipient of the YWCA women’s distinguished award. In three seasons with the Scouts, Angela was a three-time OCAA scoring champion, two-time OCAA All-Star, three-time team MVP, the OCAA’s all-time leading scorer with over fifty goals and amazingly reached this mark while playing mostly defense. In 2008, she was one of the first female in history, to be inducted into the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame (IIHF). Also the Angela James Bowl was instituted, awarded annually to the leading scorer in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL). She was inducted into the Canada’s Sports Hall of fame and the Flemingdon Park Arena was renamed after her. In 2010, Angela along with fellow American, Cammie Granato was the first female to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Angela James was dubbed the “Wayne Gretzky of women’s hockey”.

Angela Simmonds
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Title: Manager, Equity & Access
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 Angela Simmonds is the daughter of the late Junior Sparks and Joanne.  She is from Cherry Brook, Nova Scotia and resides in North Preston.

Angela is a graduate of Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. She is the Managing Lawyer of the Equity & Access Office at the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, where she is responsible for managing initiatives that promote cultural competence, equity, diversity and inclusion addressing access to justice.

Angela has been able to use her legal knowledge, community background and grass roots approach to address racial inequities; anti-black racism, gender and socio-economic inequities; discriminatory policies and practices within this province.  Angela travelled to the United Nations, and presented recommendations about justice, housing, land title, education and recognition for African Nova Scotian people and communities. For

Anne Cools
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Title: Politician
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Senator Anne Clare Cools is an Ontario Senator representing Toronto-Centre-York. She was summoned to the Senate in January 1984 by His Excellency Governor General Edward Schreyer on the recommendation of the Rt. Hon. Pierre Trudeau. She is the first black person appointed to the Senate of Canada and is the first black female senator in North America. Born August 12, 1943 in Barbados, British West Indies, and grew up in a household that valued education and political service. At the age of thirteen she move at to Montreal with her family.  Senator Cools was educated at Queen’s College Girls School, Barbados; Thomas D’Arcy McGee High School, Montreal; and Montreal’s McGill University, from which she holds a Bachelor of Arts. In the 1979 and 1980 federal general elections, Anne Cools was a candidate with Trudeau’s Liberals in Toronto’s Rosedale riding. In June 2004, after 20 years as a Liberal Senator, she joined the Conservatives for a short time. Currently, Senator Cools sits as an Independent Senator, she has no party affiliation.  Senator Cools is deeply committed to the constitutional system of responsible government. She is a student of history and parliament, a diligent reader and known for her focused approach to the study of legislation and parliament.  Prior to the Senate, Senator Cools was a social worker in innovative social services in Toronto. In 1974, as a pioneer in domestic and family violence, she founded one of Canada’s first women’s shelters, Women in Transition Inc., serving as its Executive Director. She assisted with the establishment of several other women’s shelters in Ontario. She co-organized Canada’s first domestic violence conference, Couples in Conflict. She presents the evidence that men and women are equally capable of good and bad, and that violence and aggression are not gendered characteristics, but are human ones, and often are a pathology of intimacy.

Annette Bailey
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Title: Professor
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Dr. Bailey is currently conducting research to unearth the debilitating grief and trauma impact on Black youth coping with their educational pursuits. In 2015, she established a scholarship programme in the Jane and Finch community, as part of her continuing commitment to reduce youth involvement in violence, and to support their educational endeavours. Since then several scholarships have been awarded primarily to Black youth.

Annette Henry
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Title: Dr.
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Novel contributions to academic literature on black women and girls in Canada and activism in black communities

Annie Kashamura Zawadi
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Title: Writer
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Annie Kashamura Zawadi – born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, immigrated to Canada in 1999 with her five children and a $20 bill in her purse.

She holds an Honours Specialist Degree in Gender & Women’s Studies and a Degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto. Her thesis on Violence Against Women vs. Capitalism In The War Against The Congo won the Best Paper on Women’s Issues in the Global South Award. She taught the Gender and Neo-liberalism course at the University of Toronto.

 

In 2000, while pursuing higher education, she founded Arising Women Place, an organization supporting survivors and victims of domestic and systemic violence while educating men/boys and the public on the subject.

Apefa  Adjivon
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Title: Youth Advisor
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Having the opportunity to meet and collaborate with young change-makers from around the world, inspired her to create tangible change back home in Canada. Drawing from her own experiences, Apefa continued to speak out about the barriers and micro-aggressions she faced as a young Black woman, collaborating with businesses and local organizations to create programming and advise on policy to support women and youth. Using her experiences at the U.N. as a ‘spring point’, she committed her focus to advocacy, gaining the opportunities to collaborate with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the British Council, the University of Waterloo, Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre, WE DAY and many other organizations to create opportunities and build the capacity of young Canadians, while completing her undergraduate education at the University of Toronto.

Arlene Duncan
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Title: Actress
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Arlene Duncan is a multi-talented singer and actor who works in television, film, theatre, radio and the web. Born a fifth -generation Canadian in Oakville, Ontario, her career has taken her to Europe, across Canada and the United States, as far North as the Arctic and as far South as New Zealand.  According to her Jamaican-born mother, her musical talents were first discovered when she was three.  Fascinated by the soundtrack album of the musical South Pacific, she would sing and dance along to the song ‘I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right out of My Hair’, over and over, until it had to be replaced.

 

Asha Lapps
Title: Ms.
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1. Completing my degree while working full time and putting myself through university, doing my dream job as a flight attendant, starting the Black Queens of Durham Region

Audrey Campbell
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Title: Activist
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Audrey Campbell is a woman of conviction who strongly subscribes to the Martin Luther King quote “Everybody can be great, because everyone can serve”. A community activist with a penchant for volunteer work, Audrey has a reputation as being one who is guided by her conscience and driven by her passion. As the former President of the Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA), Audrey was instrumental in transforming the governance structure of the organization, thereby charting a new course for the organization. In celebration of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary, she hosted the former Prime Minister of Canada, the Honourable Stephen Harper and the former Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson-Miller – a historical milestone for the organization and for Canada. Audrey concluded her role as the 4th female President in the JCA’s 53-year history, and also as the longest serving female President, completing a 5-year term. Prior to serving at the JCA, Audrey volunteered as a fundraiser for Variety Village and Kids Help Phone. She’s also participated in various community fundraisers, such as the YMCA Corporate Relay Run. Currently, Audrey volunteers with Spelling Bee Canada and is currently the co-Chair of the Toronto Police Service’s Police and Community Engagement Review (PACER), which is responsible for overseeing the implementation of community recommended police reforms within the Toronto Police Service. Recognizing her service, in 2012, Audrey was bestowed a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee award from the Governor General of Canada. She was also acknowledged by the JCA’s Women’s Committee for her volunteer services.