TORONTO, Jan. 30, 2023 /CNW/ – Toronto’s business and community leaders came together on Saturday January 21, to celebrate the extraordinary work of the BlackNorth Initiative in its continued commitment to removing anti-Black systemic barriers, at the Inaugural BlackNorth Gala.
The event also celebrated outstanding Black Community leaders and gave a huge nod to the signatories, sponsors and allies of the BlackNorth Initiative, whilst raising funds for well needed programs to help in the quest of bettering the Black community.
According to BlackNorth Initiative Founder and Chairman of the organization, Dr. Wesley J. Hall, “since its launch in 2020, the BlackNorth Initiative has worked alongside Black communities across Canada to address the underlying challenges and hurdles faced in identifying, uplifting, and retaining Black talent. Funds raised at the gala and throughout the year work to create generational change and empower Black communities. Addressing anti-Black barriers ensures that Black people are afforded equal opportunities to succeed.”
Dahabo Ahmed-Omer, Executive Director of the BlackNorth Initiative, gave an impassioned speech in thanking the 1,000 community members, partners, funders, sponsors, contributors, believers and change makers who joined the inaugural Gala. “It is truly a blessing and privilege to be part of this outstanding organization that assists and empowers our communities. “At the BlackNorth Initiative, we strive consistently and persistently.
This year the Gala honoured and awarded the following:
Beyond the Call of Duty Award
Community Champion Award
Homeownership Bridge Program
The BlackNorth Initiative Homeownership Bridge Program in partnership with Habitat for Humanity GTA empowered by Dream Legacy Foundation helps working Black families become homeowners, empowering them to build security, stability, equity, and the opportunity to make life better for themselves, their children, and generations to come.
Youth Leadership Award Winners:
Focusing on Youth:
BlackNorth Initiative is proud to have awarded scholarships to thirty young Black youth, thanks to the partnership with CIBC and BGC Canada. This represents a $1.5 million scholarship program for 30 Black students across Canada for 6-7 years.
Athletes on Track (AOT) Scholarship Program
The AOT is a bursary and mentorship program led in conjunction with U Sports, designed to financially support University level student-athletes and provide them with the tools necessary to enter and thrive in the job market once they graduate.
Toronto Metropolitan University’s Lincoln Alexander School of Law Scholarship
The Wes Hall Award for Black Journalism through Toronto Metropolitan University’s Journalism faculty is awarded to
The BlackNorth Initiative is on a mission to end anti-Black systemic racism throughout all aspects of our lives by utilizing a business-first mindset. We are committed to the removal of anti-Black systemic barriers negatively affecting the lives of Black Canadians. For more information, visit: https://blacknorth.ca/ and follow us on social media @blacknorthca.
SOURCE BlackNorth Initiative