The Diversity Advancement Network, several community leaders and our partners are very excited about this great initiative geared towards encouraging people to participate in politics either as candidates or as a responsible individual by participating in one of these events. We do not support or endorse any party or candidate in the past, present or future. While publishing the Afro-Caribbean News in 2010, we had the opportunity to attend the Filipino Mayoral Forum, Chinese Mayoral Forum, and many others, but none was planned for the black community, so we took up the responsibility to organize one in Calgary and we later held similar events in several cities nationwide. We have also contributed to electoral monitoring and educating youths on the benefits of exercising their civic duties in other countries.
Location: These events held for Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, Ajax, Pickering, Oshawa, Whitby, and Calgary Alberta in the past and we hope to add more cities and countries in the future.
Theme: "ADDRESSING BLACK COMMUNITY ISSUES" [Development, Unemployment, Safety, Transit, Housing, Inclusion, etc]
Official Hashtags: #BlackCanadians #BlackCanadianVote (Then add your city #Ottawa or #Calgary or #Montreal or #Toronto)
EXPECTED PARTICIPANTS: All Stakeholders, Candidates, Students, Professionals, Business Owners, Community leaders and anyone who would love to learn a few helpful information and participate in building our democratic institutions or exercise their civic duties.
Brampton Forum: Held on Friday, September 26th, 2014
Confirmed Mayoral Candidates:- Susan Fennell, Linda Jeffrey, Bell Jacqueline, Donald McLeod, John Sanderson, Devinder Sangha, Muhammad Haque, and Miriam Wylie.
Councillor & School Board Candidates:- Steve Kerr, Andre Levy, Karla Bailey, Ojie Eghobor, Michelle Shaw, Kathy McDonald, Paul Vicente, Garnett Manning & Cassian Joseph
Moderator:- Christien Levien Host:- Noel Walrond - President, My Dreams Work Inc.
Acknowledgments:- The Lions Circle.
Durhan Forum: Held on Sunday, September 28th, 2014
Confirmed Mayoral Candidates:- Ajax:- Waran Vaithilingam, Goolam (Tony) Hoosain, Steve Parish. Whitby:- Don Mitchell, Ros Whitby, Omat Lumy. Pickering:- Dave Ryan, Maurice S Brenner, Edoh Apaloo. Oshawa:- Rosemary Mckonkey, Lou Devuono, Joe Ingino.
Other Candidates:- Arthur Augustine, Patrice Barnes, Renrick Ashby, Akilah Haneef-Jabari, Sandra Forsythe, Veronica Vernon, Peter Tijiri, Eva Guta, Stacey Leadbetter, Nadine Walker, Gerald Parker.
Acknowledgments:- Pauline Bennett / Yeah Foundation (Youth Initiative), Cyndi Peterson / Jaminfit (Arts & Dance Programs), Vera Mercier / SKD Bilingual School, Selwyn Richards / Art of Catering
HOST:- Maliaka Bryce MODERATOR:- Mary Galvan
Mississauga Forum: Held on Friday, October 17th, 2014
Confirmed Mayoral Candidates:- Steven Mahoney, Bonnie Crombie, Derek Ramkissoon, Stephen king, Kevin Jackal Johnson, Isaac Grant, Dil Muhammed, Scott Chapman
Other Candidates:- Rose Streete, Crystal Mark, Cecil Young, Sophia Brown Ramsay.
Host:- Noel Walrond. Moderated by:- Hiona Murray And Deirdre Mallehe.
Acknowledgments:- Collin Williams / The Gospel Cafe.
Toronto Forum:- Held on Friday, August 29th, 2014
Confirmed Mayoral Candidates:- Rob Ford, John Tory, Olivia Chow, David Soknacki, Dewitt Lee and D!onne Renée
Other Candidates: Idil Burale, Munira Abukar, Tiffany Ford, Lekan Olawoye, Ken Jeffers, John Chambers, Benn Adeoba, Andray Domise, Patricia Crooks and Michelle Minott.
Hosted by:- Noel Walrond Moderated by - Hodan Nalayeh
Calgary Alberta Forum:- Held on Sunday, October 10th, 2010
African Caribbean Mayoral Forum aka Black Canadian Mayoral Debate
Confirmed Mayoral Candidates:- Craig Burrows, Joe Connelly, Bob Hawkesworth, Kent Hehr, Alnoor Kassam, Jon Lord, Ric McIver, Naheed Nenshi, Wayne Stewart, Paul Hughes, Gary Johnston.
Moderators & Host: Professor Rose Joshua & Rodney Ludlow.