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The Professor’s Corner – Now Open!

Scholarly opinion pieces written by Dr. Tamari Kitossa, PhD Check out Dr. Kitossa’s latest piece Canada’s COVID Coup and more of his work on his NEW blog The Professor’s Corner.

Meet: Dr. Tamari Kitossa

Dr. Tamari Kitossa is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Brock University. He earned his BA (Hon) and Magisteriate degrees at York University and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He is editor and contributor to:  Appealing Because He Is Appalling: Black masculinities, colonialism and erotic racism. University of Alberta Press  African Canadian Leadership:Continue Reading

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THIS SATURDAY – Join us for another discussion about Black Fatherhood

Barbershop Talk Series: Recognizing The Harms Of Normalizing The Absent Black Father When: July 31st, 2021 Where: Zoom / Semi-In Person Saturday Life Barbershop (Limited Spots) Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Dr. Tamari Kitossa and Dr. Charles Simon-Aaron with be on site at Saturday Life Barbershop leading an engaging disucssion on the normalization of the absent Black fatherContinue Reading

Meet: Dr. Charles Simon-Aaron

Dr. Charles Simon-Aaron earned his Bachelors and Ph.D. degrees from York University and his Master’s degree at McMaster University. He specializes in the social-historical and political study of ideas; the social and political motives for their creation; the social agents of their creation; the social and political outcomes pursued with their creation and their socialContinue Reading

Barbershop Talk Series: Recognizing The Harms Of Normalizing The Absent Black Fatherhood

When: July 31st, 2021 Where: Zoom / Semi-In Person Saturday Life Barbershop (Limited Spots) Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM For our next Barbershop Talk Series, join Dr. Tamari Kitosa (Author-Editor of Appealing Because He is Appalling: Black Masculinities, Colonialism, and Erotic Racism) and Dr. Charles Simon-Aaron (Author of The Atlantic Slave Trade: Empire, Enlightenment, and the Cult ofContinue Reading

Meet: Nicolette Vardon

Nicolette is a mother and community leader. Coming from a Caribbean and South Asian heritage coupled with a background in international relations she is passionate about advocating and raising awareness for the needs of African, Caribbean, and black countries and families. Nicolette is a mother to a 16-month-old son who inspired her to begin communityContinue Reading

Meet: Lynnette Mambwe

Lynnette is a wife to a wonderful man and a mom to a beautiful little girl. She currently works as a Policy Analyst for the Government of Canada and also recently started a hobby-turned-business called Macrame.and.thing.  Lynnette will be a guest panelist on TONIGHT’S Celebration of Black Motherhood in Canada Panel ONLY A FEW TICKETSContinue Reading

Meet: Natasha Clery

Natasha Clery is a mother, daughter, sister, and friend who was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to exceptional St. Lucian parents.  She currently works in Finance at the MUHC in Montreal. She is also Tashe,(silent E) born of the inspiration of God and led by a passionately romantic muse. She is a writer,Continue Reading

Meet: Poet Zarah Maria Willow

Zarah Maria Willow is a multidisciplinary artist: storyteller, writer, and poet. She began performing in 2010. Her work has since been published in the Arc Poetry Magazine, Sawdust Reading Series Collective, and the Young Black Women’s Project anthology. Zarah is passionate about cultivating space for others to be their authentic self. She creates with theContinue Reading

Meet: Sandy Esprit

Sandy is currently a stay-at-home mom and full-time content creator. She has two young daughters and is currently pregnant with her third. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she decided to work full-time in retail for over 10 years. Once she had children, she wanted to be the example that they could model. Sandy will beContinue Reading

Meet: Nashola Pryce

Nashola Pryce is a proud Afro-Caribbean Canadian woman of Malawian and Jamaican descent. She was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. She is married to her husband Peter and have two children, Malachi age 5 and Arabella age 2.   She has been active in her local and church community for over two decades. She currentlyContinue Reading

A Celebration of Black Motherhood in Canada

SPOTS GOING FAST – RESERVE YOURS NOW FOR FREE! May is for mothers, and The ACMP has organized a panel discussion with ACB mothers, where they can be vulnerable, ask questions, critically think, share solutions, and connect with other ACB mothers. This is especially needed during Covid-19 where numerous ACB mothers are isolated from theirContinue Reading

NEW MAY EVENT

A Celebration of Black Motherhood in Canada – Panel Discussion There are too many moments where Black mothers lived experiences and their ability to raise children are overlooked. In many households, Black mothers are the teachers, cooks, cleaners, and most importantly the loving parent for our Black children, who constantly face anti-Blak racism in Canada.Continue Reading

ACMP Press

Check out Afro Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP) founder Warren Clarke, Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Carleton University in Ottawa on the Discover RBC Podcast. Click here for more

Meet: Alex Eloise

Alex Eloise is a retired employee of Canada Post Corporation who has given about 30 years of service to the Company. On many occasions, he represented the Corporation at the unveiling commemorative stamps of prominent Black individuals like Nelson Mandela, Viola Davis (now on the $10.00 bill), and others during the annual Black History MonthContinue Reading

Meet: Michael “Mikey Wizdom” Assivero

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada to Trinidadian parents, Michael Assivero started his journey as a DJ at the age of 13 years. As a DJ, Mikey Wizdom had played in popular groups like the DOG Squad, Barry Culture, Black Gold, and The Scarborough Alliance. After moving to Ottawa in 1994 to attend university, MichaelContinue Reading

Meet: Michael Brooks

Michael Brooks came to Canada as a humble youth from Kingston, Jamaica. Never afraid of adversity, always forward-thinking and ready to take on a challenge. His ambition created a vision for his community from a young age. Noticing what was lacking, specifically within the Black community in Ottawa, Michael focused foremost on creating opportunities forContinue Reading

Report: Women’s Empowerment Panel Discussion

In celebration of Women’s History month, On Friday, March 26th, 2021, the ACMP hosted a Women’s Empowerment Panel discussion focused on The Lived Experiences of Black Women in Canadian Societies. This event kept in mind that “women empowerment” at times omits ACB women’s lived experiences. We purposely opened this space to acknowledge, appreciate, honour andContinue Reading

Press Restart: Anti-Black Racism, Decolonization, & Engaged Social Justice

The Sociology & Anthropology Graduate Student Caucus (SAGSC) at Carleton is pleased to extend the invitation to our upcoming FREE digital conference Press Restart: Anti-Black Racism, Decolonization, & Engaged Social Justice, taking place on March 31st and April 1st, 2021! This multidisciplinary conference will feature student work on a wide range of topics, including butContinue Reading

Manitoba Anthropology Students Conference

We are proud to announce that our founder, Warren Clarke will be the Keynote speaker for the Manitoba Anthropology Students Conference. Warren Clarke is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and his research focuses on Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) marginalized male youth and their experience in youth employment training programs in Ontario and Quebec. He focuses onContinue Reading

Meet the Host: Karhema Ettienne

Allow us to officially introduce Karhema Ettienne, our host for tonight’s Black Women’s Empowerment Panel Discussion. Karhema is s student at Algonquin College, studying to be a Paralegal. She has always had a passion for being a voice for the community, be that in school, the workplace or elsewhere. She is always looking to beContinue Reading

Meet: Camille Williams-Taylor

Camille Williams-Taylor is the Director of Education at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. Over a thirty-year career, Camille Williams-Taylor has worked in education settings from Winnipeg to Montreal, with the better part of her career spent in schools and education systems in Ontario. A graduate of the University of Manitoba and McGill University, Camille isContinue Reading

Meet: Cindy Karugia

Cindy is a Financial Advisor at Canada’s largest financial institution, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). At RBC, she helps lead a collaborative team dedicated to serving the needs of her local community by making financial literacy accessible and affordable to all. In her work, Ms. Karugia advocates for the importance of diverse viewpoints asContinue Reading

Report: Annual Black History Month Gala

On Saturday, February 27th, 2021, the Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP) and the Nigerian Canadian Association (NCA) of Montreal, sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada, hosted its third annual, one-day, (online) Black History Month event. The evening’s festivities were a celebration of Afro-Caribbean Black Canadian communities and paid homage to our history and the greatContinue Reading

“Breaking the Silence” On Mental Illness in the Black Community

Depression, anxiety and other disorders become challenging and difficult for Black people to deal with, not forgetting the significant roles race and racism play in contributing to an increase in our vulnerability to mental health distress and reluctance to seek treatment. This discussion will address all these critical issues. Moderator:  Suzanne Obiorah – Director forContinue Reading

Meet Louis March

Louis March is the founder of the Zero Gun Violence Movement. He has been a volunteer community worker and advocate in the African Canadian community for over 30 years. His work has primarily focused on youth engagement and mentorship initiatives along with serving on various community organization Boards and Advisory Committees. The Zero Gun ViolenceContinue Reading

Meet Dr. Michael Ngadi

Dr. Ngadi is a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Bioengineering. He earned his doctoral degree from Dalhousie University (formerly TUNS) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He previously worked with Laval University, Quebec and University of Georgia, Georgia before joining McGill University in 1998. He is a professional member of the Canadian Society for Bioengineering (CSBE),Continue Reading

Report: Mental Health Month Panel Discussion

On Friday, January 29th 2021, the ACMP hosted its final Mental Health Month event: a Panel Discussion focused on identifying ways in which the Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) community can work together to address mental health issues. The panel featured the four mental health experts (Kofi Morris, Tracy Charles, Meghan Wills and E.L. Adams II) fromContinue Reading

Report: Check in – Substance (ab)use and Addiction

On Wednesday, January 27th 2020, the ACMP hosted its fifth Mental Health Check-In focused on discussing substance abuse in the Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) community. This event focused on educating and discussing the nature of substance abuse. The keynote address and discussion were led by Kofi Morris, a holistic health and wellness coach. Kofi discussed whatContinue Reading

Report: Check in – Anxiety and Depression

On Wednesday, January 20th 2020, the ACMP hosted its third Mental Health Check-In focused on discussing anxiety and depression in the Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) community. This event discussed the challenges that ACB community members face when dealing with anxiety and depression.. The keynote address and discussion were led by Tracy Charles: a mental health specialistContinue Reading

Report: Check in – Trauma

On Wednesday, January 13th 2020, the ACMP hosted its second Mental Health Check-In focused on discussing Trauma in the Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) community. This event discussed the differences between mental health and mental illness and the trauma that ACB community members can experience. The keynote address and discussion were led by Meghan Wills, a MindfulnessContinue Reading

Meet Nagad Hersi – Mental Health Outreach Worker

Nagad Hersi is an African, Caribbean Black Mental Health Outreach Worker at Somerset West Community Health Centre. She actively focuses on Primary Health & Regional Programs aimed at Silencing the Stigma of Black Mental Health. Driven by her passion and commitment to address systemic barriers around accessing mental health services, Nagad has worn several hatsContinue Reading

Meet Lydia Philippe: Mental Health Month

Lydia Philippe is the peer supporter during ACB Mental Health month. She will be present during the events to support participants in crisis. Lydia Philippe is the co-founder of Fabiola’s Addiction and Mental Health Awareness & Support Foundation. Together with her aunt, she hopes to keep her mothers’ memory alive by creating a foundation thatContinue Reading

Mental Health Month Resources

As the ACB Mental Health Month gets started, the ACMP is releasing resources. Talking about mental health is necessary, as Black communities face a range of challenges, but have less access to resources than white communities. The conversation will consist of six FREE events, and your participation will ensure that your concerns receive attention, andContinue Reading

Tracy Charles: Mental Health Month

Tracy Charles holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ottawa and is presently perusing a Master degree in Theology at the University of St Paul. Tracy currently work as a Case manager with the Canadian Mental Health Association in Ottawa for the past 14 years. She specializes with supporting individuals who struggleContinue Reading

Warren Clarke teaches de-escalation through the Theatre of the Oppressed

When we see discrimination happening, we have a responsibility to stop it. But how?  Silence may be complicity, but anger often does not achieve the desired result. In Carleton University’s Sociology class, Addressing Race, Gender and Sexuality: Through the Arts, students are learning how to effectively advocate against anti-Black racism, sexism and anti-2SLGBTQ discrimination. TaughtContinue Reading

Kofi Morris: Mental Health Month

Br.Kofi is a Holistic Health & Wellness Coach, Energy Healer (Reiki), and the founder of Cosmic Wellness Holistic Health. Kofi offers workshops in Qi Qong (‘Chee Kung’), Meditation, Self-Care, Nutrition Corporate Holistic Health and Wellbeing, Proactive fathering and community development for Non-Profit Organizations across Toronto. Br.Kofi is dedicated to not only building his business butContinue Reading

The SOAR Student Leadership Conference

Carleton University presents the seventh annual SOAR Student Leadership Conference, taking place on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 9:00am. If you are or want to become a student leader, join to be challenged and inspired to develop leadership skills through informative and interactive workshops and presentations! Tickets are available here:

Report: Financial Literacy

On the evening of Friday, November 20th, ACMP held its 3rd annual Financial literacy event. During university, Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) and other racialized students often face more challenges when compared to their white counterparts. Such challenges can manifest as limited access to opportunities, including access to financial tools and resources. This event was focused onContinue Reading

Get to Meet Dr. Brenda Dogbey: More Than Networking

Dr. Brenda Dogbey aka the Career Slay Mama works for the Federal Government. She is currently Acting Director of Strategic Policy at the Office of the Chief Scientist Natural Resources Canada. She has a PhD in Population Health from the University of Ottawa. She runs a blog Career Slay Mama where she provides strategic careerContinue Reading

Get to Meet Giulia Prud’homme: More Than Networking

Giulia is a Graduate student from the University of Ottawa with a Master’s degree in Social work. Her studies were propelled by her passion for the human experience within our society and in different cultural contexts. She has worked with a variety of populations, such as underprivileged communities and at-risk youth. In the past fiveContinue Reading

Get to Meet Dr. Stephanie Canning: More Than Networking

Dr. Stephanie Canning is a gastroenterologist at The Ottawa Hospital and a lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She obtained a B. Sc (Hon) in Chemistry in 2007 at Mount Allison University before earning her medical degree in 2012 from The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She completed herContinue Reading

Get to Meet Jamaal Jackson Rogers: More Than Networking

Jamaal Jackson Rogers is Ottawa’s former English Poet Laureate and Carleton University’s Music Program 2019-2020 Artist in Residence. He uses his performance studio, THE ORIGIN ARTS & COMMUNITY CENTRE, as his launch pad to teach, mentor and advocate for the arts. Meet Jamaal at our More Than Networking event! You’ll have the opportunity to hearContinue Reading

Get to Meet Sheena Mawugbe: More Than Networking

Born and raised in Toronto, Sheena grew up with a love for creativity, expressed through fashion. Pursuing an accounting degree at the University of Ontario; Sheena realized early on she needed to be in a field that involved interacting with people. Schooling was always a key focus in Sheena’s life, but it was the connectionsContinue Reading

Get to Meet Franco Caminiti: More Than Networking

FRANCO CAMINITI is a Consultant with IG Wealth Management. Hehas built a successful personal financial services practice, serving thegreater Ottawa area since 1996.Franco develops financial plans focused on clients’ goals and objectives.By using proven financial planning strategies and techniques to helpclients manage their wealth and minimize income taxes, these goals areattained. He works closely withContinue Reading

Report: Changing The Narrative

On Saturday, November 21st, ACMP held another discussion-based event titled “Changing the Narrative – How is anti-Black racism different and similar in the US and Canada?”. Between Canada and the United States, anti-Black racism impacts the livelihood of people of African descent. This systemic racism creates barriers that members of the Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) communityContinue Reading

Get to Meet Mark Convery: More Than Networking

Mark Convery has extensive experience in business law generally and in corporate and securities law specifically. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, private placements, public offerings, private equity fund formation and investments, corporate governance and investment funds. Mr. Convery has considerable experience in cross-border transactions and has advised clients at all stages of development fromContinue Reading

Meghan Wills: Mental Health Month

Meghan is a certified L1 and L2 Unified Mindfulness, Mindfulness Coach in Ottawa, ON, Canada, with a background in human resources, hospitality and philanthropy actively supporting Children, Youth and anti-discrimination related initiatives in our communities.  Meghan recently acted as the Chair of Parents for Diversity until July 2020.  She has also been recognized as aContinue Reading

Everett L. Adams II: Mental Health Month

Everett L. Adams II (E. L.) was born and raised in Charlotte, NC with his older sister, by Everett Sr. and Sandra Adams. After graduating from West Charlotte High School to attend Phillips Academy-Andover Preparatory School in Andover, MA, to pursue his love of basketball. E. L. not only had to adjust to living awayContinue Reading

Get to Meet Saad Minhas: More Than Networking

Saad has been in house counsel in government, at Canada’s largest bank, and a major real estate startup. His experience in law, construction, procurement, project finance and real estate has spanned over a decade. Saad received his law degree from the University of Westminster in London, England. Saad was the Editor in Chief of theContinue Reading

Get to meet Greig Clark: More Than Networking

Career Summary Recent Trails Youth Initiative: Chairman of the Board. This NFP located near Toronto has the Mission of “helping vulnerable youth from at risk areas becoming contributing members of the Community”.  We have over 150 youth in our program at any one time ages 12-16.  All of our grads graduate high school.  It isContinue Reading

Get to Meet Patrick Joseph: More Than Networking

Patrick Joseph has been enjoying the world of business & the stage for over three decades and began public speaking over twenty years ago. Mr. Joseph has worked as a financial advisor with Sun Life Financial for almost 10yrs. He has also received training and mentorship from organizations and success gurus like Kingdom Advisors, Dr.Continue Reading

Get to Meet Issa Guindo: More Than Networking

Issa Guindo is a Principal at Rackspace and leads the delivery of strategic digital and cloud transformations, which encompass areas of business strategy, technical delivery, client management and business development. Previously, Issa was an insurance executive at Canada Life where he was responsible for the development and implementation of their Data, Analytics and AI strategy.Continue Reading

Get to Meet Graciela Hernandez: More Than Networking

Early lifeGraciela was born in San Salvador, El Salvador to a single-mother. Her mother flee to Montreal from El Salvador in the 1970’s because of her active involvement in the Salvadorian resistance and her outspoken activism for the working poor in El Salvador. She continued her activism while in Canada as she cleaned houses forContinue Reading

Get to Meet Wayne Bridge: More Than Networking

Wayne Bridge is an experienced leader who has demonstrated his commitment to success in the computer software and real estate industry. He is skilled in a variety of vocations including communication, strategy, event management, public speaking, and time management. Wayne is a client focused professional with a passion for delivering superior results. In addition toContinue Reading

Get to Meet Sebastien Alcy: More Than Networking

Sebastien is a federal HR partner and account executive. He specializes in recruitment within IT and the administrative sectors of the Canadian Government. As a bilingual recruiter on behalf of Randstad Technologies, Sebastien delivers and manages opportunities at the federal level and has a footprint in private enterprises. In addition, he is also a pointContinue Reading

Financial Literacy: The “Money Talks” workshop

Life as a student is already hard enough, you do not need unnecessary financial stress. Please join us at this workshop and gain valuable understanding about finances! Watch the introduction video to hear what we will do during the workshop! This workshop will take place on Friday November 20th, from 6pm to 8pm. Get yourContinue Reading

Get to meet Aïka Mathelier: More Than Networking

Aika Mathelier has been dancing since the age of four (4) in Port-au-Prince (Haiti), where she was born and raised; she has a background in classical ballet, jazz/hip-hop, contemporary/modern, tap dance, Haitian traditional dance, and latin dances. In 2011, in Montreal, Aika became a member of the dance company EKSPRESYON founded in 2003 by RegineContinue Reading

Get to meet Christopher Evelyn: More Than Networking

Chris Evelyn is the Chief of Staff to Canada’s Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development. He is the second Black Canadian to hold the post of Chief of Staff to a federal Minister in the Trudeau government. Chris has been working in politics for the past five years, serving in aContinue Reading

Get to meet Erica Ifill: More Than Networking

Erica Ifill is a former Department of Finance economist and columnist who founded Not In My Colour, the first intersectional business consultancy. With this new venture, she is positioned to address the systems and policies that prevent representation and equity at all levels in the workplace. Erica co-founded the Bad + Bitchy podcast, which focusesContinue Reading

3rd annual More Than Networking event

Since 2018, the Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP) hosts its most anticipated event, More Than Networking, every November. Each year ACB students, educators, and the broader Ottawa community gather to discuss the importance of networking for social and personal growth. This also presents a unique opportunity for those who attend to develop valuable skills that canContinue Reading

Report: How to get into Grad school

On Thursday October 29th, ACMP hosted it’s second ‘How to get into grad school’ event. This event was focused on sharing tips and techniques that students could use when refining their applications before applying to post-graduate programs. Given the circumstances of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the event was hosted online to allow anyone to attendContinue Reading

FREE tickets for our November events!

We have worked hard to organize not one, not two, not three, but four events this month! The ACMP secured the funding, found the best guest speakers, found the professionals you need to network with, and coordinated the opportunity for you to take part. And you what the best thing is? It is FREE. SecureContinue Reading

Financial Literacy: Guest speakers confirmed!

Our guest speakers are confirmed! The Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP) in partnership with Harprit Gill, certified independent financial advisor, presents: The 3rd Annual Financial Literacy: The “Money Talks Workshop.” Various economic indicators highlight the financial gap among the Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) community from their Whites counterparts, such as their net worth and the likelihood ofContinue Reading

Report: Post-Secondary Survival Guide

Throughout this virtual event, topics that were concerned with applying to university and how to get into university were summed up. The high school students were able to become more familiar with how to use websites such as the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) and Ontario College Application Service (OCAS). The quick tutorial made theContinue Reading

How to get into Grad School

Join us this Thursday (Oct 29, 6pm – 8pm) for our event with Peter Holder. Learn everything you need to know to get into Grad School! Still wondering what this event is about? Why don’t we let Peter introduce the event?

All dates for our November events!

Great news! All the dates of our November events have been determined! Financial literacy – The Money Talks Workshop. The Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program and Harprit Gill want to help YOU prepare for your financial future.Friday November 20, 6pm – 8pm. Changing the narrative. Interactive discussion about similarities and differences of Blackness between Canada and theContinue Reading

Who is the ACMP?

If you want to learn who the people of the Afro Caribbean Mentorship Program are, and what it is that we do, you can read our Mission page or Team page. Ooooorrrr…. you can watch our new promo video! Without further ado:

Post Secondary survival guide

Have you been stressing a bit about what post-high school life is like? We are here to ease your anxiousness and walk you through everything from applying to post-secondary institutions, important university tips such as how to study properly? The African Caribbean Mentorship Event (ACMP) is putting together a significantly informative event October 24th, forContinue Reading

How to get into Grad school?

Are you curious about continuing your education after high school? October 29th, the ACMP will be hosting a follow-up event to its first community program: an online forum discussing how to get into graduate school. Similar to the first event, this session will be an open discussion where attendees will be able to interact andContinue Reading

Against All Odds

PhD Candidate in Sociology starts popular program for racialized students By Nick WardPhotos by Akintunde Akinleye “Often, I see Afro-Caribbean Black youth who are going through the same social oppression that I went through and this motivates me to do the work that I do,” says Warren Clarke, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology. “IContinue Reading