STACHEN FREDERICK - ROLE MODEL & AMBASSADOR
Officially Inducted into the “National Wall of Role Models” on June 7, 2014 ( See full list www.BlackCanadianAwards.com )
Stachen Frederick has over a decade years of experience in the field of community and program development internationally and in Canada (Ottawa, Greater Toronto Region including Peel Region). She has done a number of consultancy jobs for organizations such as the AIDS Committee of Toronto and Gateway for New Canadians. Her unique blend of social work and the arts has led to the development of a number of notable projects including BrAIDS for AIDS, H.I.P to be Global ( Health International Perspective to be Global through HIP HOP) and Race to Youth Leadership. Her community development work has been recognized by YMCA Canada, Black History Ottawa and the High Commission of Trinidad and Tobago. In her spare time, she volunteers with a number of non profit groups. She is also a poet and dancer and travels internationally for work and for pleasure. Here’s what she had to share with us during her interview.
Tell us a little bit more about yourself? I am originally from Trinidad and Tobago and very proud of my roots. I come from a huge extended family and thus very family oriented. However, I am the daughter of two remarkable parents and two fabulous brothers.
What's your experience as a Black person in Canada? I think my experience as a Black person has been mixed. I have experienced racism in the workplace which was quite disheartening but the most traumatic experience for me was the oppression that I faced as a result of black on black racism. The challenges of being black in Canada are as a result of the lack of opportunities for blacks. It is therefore imperative that opportunities are made available for blacks particularly in places of power and decision making. Additionally, I believe that blacks in Canada should find continued ways for networking and supporting each other as is usually evident in Asian and South Asian cultures.
What's your favorite food, book, music and movie?
Food: Pelau (A Trinidadian dish)
Book: A Book of Negroes
What's your inspiration or how do you get motivated? My inspiration is through a quote I made up, “ In the presence of nothing, do something”. In other words, when I look around in my life or in the circle of influence and I see that there is something lacking, I try to find ways to fill those missing pieces.
Tell us something not many people know about you? I have a collection of teddy bears that I started over 14 years ago and I keep adding to it.
What would you like to be remembered for? That I lived to change the world in my own way.
How did you get to where you are now and what more should we expect? Education, hard work, strong work ethic and networking is what got me to where I am now. As for what to expect from me, continued focus on my campaign BrAIDS for AIDS, my community and to my God.
How do you balance work, family, friends and leisure? I think the best part of what I do is that I don’t find it work. I find it fun but I find a lot of time to travel particularly back to Trinidad where most of my family resides. My little cousins keep me grounded and make me understand the importance of down time. I also have a good circle of friends that I speak to on a daily basis who keep me laughing. The best part of my friendships is that my friends become my family like brothers and like sisters.
Tell us a little bit more about yourself? I am originally from Trinidad and Tobago and very proud of my Caribbean roots.This is reflected in my work life as a Community Developer and Consultant, but also in my extra curricular activities as a poet and as a dancer. Some of my poetry includes Tales Under the Caribbean Sun and Caribbean woman. I come from a huge extended family and thus very family oriented. I am the daughter of two remarkable parents and two fabulous brothers. Due to my strong family upbringing, I consistently aim for excellence in all i do. And without them and my God, I will be nothing.
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