2nd Annual Unity in Diversity Gala Fundraiser

Evening celebrates Peel’s Black Community and supports the building of healthy people and strong communities

September 14, 2012

MISSISSAUGA (September 14, 2012) – Committed to building healthy families and strong communities across Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, United Way of Peel Region’s Black Community Advisory Council (BCAC) is hosting its Second Annual Unity in Diversity Gala Fundraiser on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the Hilton Toronto Hotel and Suites, 5875 Airport Road in Mississauga. A cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner, entertainment and dancing starting at 6:30 p.m.  

Hosted by journalist and Ontario Public Service’s Chief Diversity Officer of Agencies Noëlle Richardson, the fundraising evening will celebrate Black achievements. The event will feature keynote presenter Dr. Rinaldo Walcott, a highly-acclaimed academic at the University of Toronto and author of several books examining issues about Blackness in Canada. Entertainment will be Toronto’s Juiceman Jonathon Shaw and electrifying drumming group, Beyond Sound Collective.

A part of the evening will be dedicated to recognizing and celebrating members of the community who have done exemplary work to strengthen the social and economic progress of the Black community. The Black Community Advisory Council will be handing out the Best in Community Awards to community members in the areas of Community Leadership, Youth Leadership, Unsung Hero and Leadership in Business.

Tickets are $75 per person and $700 for a table of 10. As a part of the United Way of Peel Region’s 2012 campaign, all proceeds from this event will support the network of services/programs that build the capacity of community members to thrive in the face of tough times and constant change.

The event is generously sponsored by Medtronic of Canada. Other sponsors include TAIBU Community Health Centre (awards) and The Centre for Education and Training (tickets).

For tickets or more information contact Suelyn Knight, community outreach co-ordinator at 905-602-3617 or Information is also available at

About the Black Community Advisory Council:
Established in February 2010, the BCAC gives a voice to the needs and challenges faced by the over 96,000 blacks who live in Peel Region. It is made up of people from different segments of Peel’s diverse Black community, which includes African, Caribbean, Canadian, and anyone with ethnic or ancestral origins in Africa. The BCAC is one of four United Way of Peel Region councils.

About United Way:
United Way of Peel Region inspires people from all walks of life to come together to raise funds, volunteer and stimulate policy and attitude changes that lead to the improvement of people’s quality of life in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. United Way’s community investment focus is on helping individuals and families move from a life of poverty to one full of possibilities, ensuring all children have the opportunity to be all they can be, and building healthy, strong communities. For more information on United Way’s work in the community visit:


For More Information Contact:
Suelyn Knight
Community Outreach Coordinator
Office: 905-602-3617