Looking Back Into The Future Conference | Ajax, ON || 23rd February

A Black History Month Conference

Channon Oyeniran, co-founder of Oyeniran Education Support (OyES) is hosting the fourth edition of the “Looking Back into the Future” Black History Month Conference, with the theme, “Engaging Today and Designing the Future Together”. This program will recognize and celebrate Black Canadians who are making and have made positive impacts on Canadian society. At this conference, we will hear from Mary Anne Chambers and Anthony Morgan, as they share their personal stories of achievement and leave words of wisdom, encouragement, and solutions to the next generation. While it is important to recognize and celebrate those who have gone before us and have paved the way, it is equally important to inspire, encourage and support our youth of today to be the best they can be and know that they can achieve big, when they dream big! The objective of the conference is to leave participants with the knowledge of the history, contributions, and achievements of some Black Canadians and how they have changed the trajectory of Black History in Ontario and in Canada. The event is also aimed at inspiring young people to make a positive impact in the future and to set new historical trends. The conference will be held at 2:00 pm (promptly) on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 at the Ajax Community Centre (HMS Room), 75 Centennial Rd, Ajax, ON L1S 4S4. Please visit oyeseducation.org/lookingbackinto or Eventbrite for more information or to buy tickets for this event. Email Channon at channonc425@gmail.com for inquiries.


Channon Oyeniran

Channon Oyeniran, OyES Education Support An Honours graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Caribbean Studies from the University of Toronto, a Master’s Degree in Slavery Studies from the University of Hull in the UK and a Certificate in Adult Education from George Brown College, Channon has expanded her knowledge and information about Black History and the issues that the black community faces both locally here in Canada and internationally. Apart from participating in conferences and workshops relating to the Black experience and history in Canada, Channon is currently the newly appointed Vice-President for the Ontario Black History Society (OBHS), where she helps the organization preserve, celebrate and spread the rich Black History of Ontario and Canada. Channon is the co-founder of Oyeniran Education Support (OyES), an educational organization created by herself and her husband.


Mary Anne Chambers

Mary Anne is a former Senior Vice-President at Scotiabank. She has served as a Member of Provincial Parliament, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Minister of Children and Youth Services in the Government of Ontario. She currently serves as a Governor of Canada’s International Development Research Centre and a Director of GraceKennedy Ltd., GraceKennedy Financial Group and Grace Foods Canada Inc. Mary Anne has been appointed to the Order of Ontario and has received Honorary Doctor of Laws Degrees from the University of Toronto, York University, Lakehead University and the University of Guelph. She has also been awarded a Meritorious Service Medal by Canada’s Governor General. Mary Anne’s other awards include a Vice-Chancellor’s Award from the University of the West Indies, a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Golden Jubilee Medal of Queen Elizabeth II, and the Prime Minister of Jamaica’s Medal of Appreciation. For ten years, Mary Anne partnered with the University of Toronto Scarborough to sponsor the IMANI academic mentorship program for hundreds of middle and high school students. She has also personally funded scholarships for more than 40 students in Ontario universities and colleges.


Anthony Morgan

Anthony is a Community Development Officer in the City of Toronto’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit. Through providing strategic advice and collaborating with community stakeholders, he is responsible for the implementation of community development strategies based on the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism. The Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism is the result of a collaborative effort between the City of Toronto and Torontonians of African descent. Prior to joining the City, Anthony was an Associate at Falconers LLP, specializing in the areas of civil, constitutional and criminal state accountability litigation. He has a special interest in anti-racist human rights advocacy, particularly in the area of anti-Black racism. He has appeared at various levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and has also represented the interests of African Canadians before United Nations human rights treaty bodies. Anthony is a frequent legal, social and public affairs commentator on issues concerning race and racism, critical multiculturalism and critical race theory in Canada. His comments on these issues have been featured in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Ricochet, Huffington Post Canada, and other major newspapers and broadcast outlets, including CNN. In addition to holding an LL.B. and B.C.L. from McGill University, Faculty of Law, he holds an Hons. B.A. from the University of Toronto in Ethics, Society & Law.

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