Major Accomplishments: The National Historic Site designation of Nazrey African Episcopal Church, Amherstburg, ON, as 1st Black site in Canada 2000. Uplifting “THE BLACK THREAD IN THE CANADIAN TAPESTRY” and being a positive catalyst for change by promoting, educating, preserving and writing about African Canadian Heritage. 3 Daughters, 5 grandchildren
2018 recipient of the Leading Women Building, Certified Fundraising Expert, Communities Award, Ontario NDP Candidate for Windsor Tecumseh,
1. Queens Jubilee diamond recipient for humanitarian efforts
2. Sitting on the Pickering Accessibility board
3. W.R.A.C. award for outstanding efforts assisting abused woman and children
In my corporate business tenure, I was honoured to be the first black person appointed to a management position in the Head Office, Human Resources department and was selected as the first Coordinator, in my division, to initiate activities in support of cultural diversity and people with disability.
While employed in one of the largest financial institutions of Canada, I was given the opportunity of the lead role in developing and negotiating Service Level Agreements, in collaboration with senior managers and executives of other top tier banks globally. These agreements were in support of a major system, Continuous Link Settlement (CLS), that was being designed to mitigate the possibility of huge financial losses when settlements of foreign currency trades, valuing trillions of dollars, would take place daily. Top executives were on hand to watch the launch of this initiative and witnessed the first settlement transact without any business interruption. Unknown to me at that time, I was a part of creating a legacy that would today support the business of the timely settlement of Foreign Exchange transactions internationally.
Working in a leadership role at my Church has been most fulfilling and impactful. I have coached and mentored several persons across all demographics, as well as provide spiritual and practical care for many. I have watched their lives transform and, in the process, I have grown exponentially.
2021 RBC Excellence Award, Canadian Business Employer of the Year, Presidential Service Award by the White House Military Office
1) An Author and Blogger to be able to share words of hope to others; 2) A Broadcaster and Show Host having built a platform to get more information out to those in need and share others; and 3) Grosvenor Ministries, allowing all of my abilities to help develop others
I addressed an acute workplace representation and diverse talent sourcing gap in the finance and accounting profession, creating visibility and community role models I co-authored the Finance Mentors Ledger and 21 Resilient Women In both 2019 and 2020 I was a keynote speaker at the AICPA Global Womens Leadership Summit Europe
Developing Riddim Fitness Inc. and the Riddim Cultural Arts Program, writing and developing courses for municipal governments, school boards and not-for-profits for the betterment of Black children youth and families, and raising two Black children with my husband; children who are happy, healthy and grounded in the love of their family and community.
1. In 1978 VP for Immigrant nurses group in Quebec – re Bill 101 challenged this bill and won. Hospital had to rehire all nurses that were laid off. Was VP for C.A.P.I. (Centre for Professional Immigrants)
2. Establishing a Black Ombudson person in 1997 as part of a settlement reached
3. In 2000, won case against OHIP on behalf of Sickle patients in Southwest Ontario to be taken care of Harper Hospital, , Detroit, Michigan.
4. In 2008, won case where VIA Rail had to carry portable Defribulators on all their trains