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Tropicana Hosts 50 Black-led Canadian Organizations in a Leadership Forum

50 Black-led Canadian Organizations Meet in Toronto for The Growing Beyond Grassroots Conference. The Two-Day Conference includes a Keynote Address by The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean

(Toronto, ON) – Tropicana Community Services is hosting a national conference in community leadership on Thursday September 28th and Friday September 29th, 2023 at the Hilton Toronto Hotel located at 145 Richmond St West, beginning at 9am each day. The conference will empower small and medium community organizations to become more effective in their work and includes interactive workshops and panel discussions.

“The intention of this conference is to give these organizations the tools to be sustainable and grow, so they move from grassroots to rooted long term in the community,” shared Raymund Guiste, Executive Director of Tropicana Community Services. “We’ve seen first-hand the profound impact that leadership skills can have once cultivated. As an organization that has been serving the community for more than four decades, we are pleased to facilitate this conference that welcomes leaders from 50 groups from across the country that we have funded through the Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative (SBCCI).”  Over four years, the SBCCI program has supported over 1000 Black community organizations with over $60 million.

Among the workshop leaders: Rosemarie Powell, Executive Director – Toronto Community Benefits Network, Emily Mills, Founder – How She Hustles, Craig Wellington, Executive Director – Black Opportunity Fund, Samuel Juru, Executive Director – Africa Centre and Matthew Martel, CEO of Black Business Initiative.  Workshops include:

●      Lessons on Building Community Partnerships

●      The Power of Purpose Driven Storytelling for your Non-Profit Organization

●      Effective Data Collection & Analysis: An accelerator for your NPO

●      Diversification of Funding Sources

●      Ways to Navigate Burnout and Cultivate a More Holistic Lifestyle

●      Creating a Strong Digital Presence and How to Leverage the Benefits

The conference wraps up the evening of Friday September 29th at 6pm with a dinner hosted by CBC Canada Tonight anchor Dwight Drummond and a keynote speech followed by a fireside chat with the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean.


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