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Empower Her Conference Reignites Inspiration for Young Black Females in Durham

Toronto – In its third consecutive year, the Empower Her Conference has once again lit the flame of inspiration and empowerment across elementary schools within the Durham District School Board (DDSB). This transformative event, tailored for young girls proudly identifying as Black in Grades 6, 7, and 8, serves as a beacon of hope and encouragement for the future leaders of our community.

Crafted with the intention of elevating, motivating, and amplifying the voices of young Black females, the Empower Her Conference offers a rare opportunity for these students to engage with influential mentors who share their experiences. Organized by Kerron Slack, Vice-Principal at Eagle Ridge Public School, the conference provides a platform for enriching dialogue, fresh insights, and invaluable experiences.

“The Empower Her Conference is more than just an event; it’s a catalyst for change,” remarks Slack. “We believe in championing empowerment and fostering a legacy of strength, resilience, and boundless potential among young Black girls.”

Throughout the day, attendees were treated to a variety of uplifting experiences, including interactive workshops and engaging discussions aimed at exploring identity and embracing individual talents. The conference not only celebrates the achievements of these young girls but also encourages them to envision a future filled with endless possibilities.

Camille Williams-Taylor, Director of Education of the DDSB, expresses pride in the conference’s impact on students. “This event exemplifies our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion,” says Williams-Taylor. “We look forward to its continued success in the years to come.”

In conclusion, the Empower Her Conference serves as a testament to the power of community support and mentorship in nurturing the potential of young Black females. As we celebrate empowerment and resilience, let us continue to support initiatives like this that inspire the next generation of leaders to reach their highest potential.


The Empower Her Conference exemplifies the spirit of community empowerment and support that lies at the heart of Vision Newspaper’s mission. Events like this not only highlight the achievements and aspirations of our young Black females but also underscore the importance of representation and mentorship in fostering their success. As we continue to uplift and celebrate our community’s achievements, let us also recognize the ongoing efforts to create a more inclusive and equitable society for all.

Alwin Marshall-Squire

Alwin Marshall-Squire is the Editor-in-Chief and Afro-Canadian Affairs Writer at Vision Newspaper - The Caribbean Update. With over two decades of experience, he is a dedicated advocate for amplifying Afro-Canadian voices. Alwin leads with vision, shaping the newspaper's editorial direction to reflect the diverse Jamaican Diaspora community. His insightful commentary and investigative reporting shed light on issues of identity and social justice, sparking crucial conversations and inspiring positive change. Alwin is not only a journalist but also a community leader, actively involved in initiatives promoting equity and representation. For feedback Alwin can be reached at

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