United Way of Peel Region’s Black Community Advisory Council empowers the next generation, “Our Youth, Our Future”
MISSISSAUGA (September 28, 2013) – On Saturday evening, United Way’s Black Community Advisory Council (BCAC) gathered over 250 attendees at the Garden Banquet and Convention Centre to celebrate and inspire Peel’s black youth at the 3rd annual Unity and Diversity Gala: Our Youth, Our Future. The evening was sponsored by RBC Royal Bank.
Hosted by comedian Jay Martin and his nephew, youth justice worker Paul Chapman, the evening was equal parts hilarious and thought-provoking. Kim Katrin Crosby, Co-Director of the People Project, captivated the audience with her story about breaking barriers. Playwright Darren Anthony moved those in attendance, bravely sharing excerpts from his work, Secrets of a Black Boy. The night promised to be riveting, inspiring and empowering for our youth. It did not disappoint.
“At its core, the Black Community Advisory Council is in the business of helping young people,” said Sophia Brown Ramsay, Chair of the BCAC. “We help young people wholeheartedly receive their voice; believe in their talents, and to ultimately achieve their goal of becoming socially responsible members of our community!”
True to these values, the BCAC invited young entrepreneurs in the Peel’s black community to be a part of the gala, giving them an opportunity to showcase their businesses and network with professionals across all sectors. This group was also given networking advice from notable philanthropist and community leader, Chief Emmanuel Mbulu.
“For the past three years, our Community Advisory Councils have been on a journey of discovery and impact. Their work is guided by our new investment strategy – which is grounded in our research and guided by our values,” said Shelley White, president and CEO of United Way of Peel Region. “United Way is focused on equity and inclusion. The work of the Black Community Advisory Council is a major contributor in that important work.”
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