Ottawa women leaders honoured

Saturday 15 September, 2018

Seven Ottawa community leaders, professionals and advocates were among the 2018 recipients of the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women awards.  The awards ceremony was held on 15 September 2018 at the  Woodbine Banquet Hall, Toronto. The names and profiles of the award winners are published in a book of the same name. The Mission/Vision of this informative and educational publication is to highlight, document and make visible the accomplishments of Black Canadian women in terms of government, not-for-profit, financial, legal, real estate, health, education/academic, entertainment, fine arts, unsung heroes, trailblazers, firsts, and posthumous heroes.

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Sarah Onyango (Ottawa, Ontario)

A community radio and television Host and Producer, Community Outreach Officer for Black History Ottawa, and long-time advocate for Ottawa-Gatineau’s Black Communities.  To the next Generation: “Be proud of your Black identity! Don’t let others limit or define you! Self-confidence and self-knowledge are the best buffers against the many micro-aggressions you will face.”

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Dominique Dennery (Ottawa, Ontario)

Certified Management Consultant, A Certified Coach, and a Sculptor! To the next Generation: “We live much longer. You will have multiple careers. Create choices for yourself by being open-minded and agile. Resilience comes from acquiring solid knowledge and building a professional practice that will support you no matter what happens around you. Keep exploring and keep reinventing yourself!”

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Award winning public servant.

To the next Generation: “Don’t be afraid to fail!”

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Dr. Josephine Etowa (Ottawa, Ontario)

Professor and Loyer DaSilva Research Chair in Public Health Nursing at the University of Ottawa. I am a nurse, a midwife and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). To the next Generation: “Choose your battles wisely. Being a ‘strong Black woman’ also means delegating to others as necessary.”

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Mante Molepo (Ottawa, Ontario)

A Lawyer with a passion for international trade and food law. An Advocate, committed to fighting systemic discrimination, and a Mother who wants her children to realize their true potential in this world.

To the next Generation: “Be willing to advocate for the causes and issues they value as important..”

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Rachel Décoste (Orléans, Ontario)

A Political Force, Pundit and unwavering Advocate for equality for all.

To the next Generation: “Stand on the right side of history, even if you’re standing alone. Be aware of your strength, resilience and power and leverage each one strategically.”

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Yvette Yende-Ashiri (Ottawa, Ontario)

A staunch Advocate for Social Justice and Women’s Rights. To the next Generation: “Dare to Act, believe in yourself always, because change begins with you.”

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Source: https://www.100abcwomen.ca/

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