Parents For Diversity group pic

Saturday 27 April 2024

Flashback to last week Saturday where we gathered to celebrate the culmination of Parents for Diversity’s grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation! We are immensely grateful to all the community members who joined us in this joyous occasion. Our heartfelt appreciation also extends to the talented artists – poets, artisans, and volunteers – whose contributions made our event a resounding success.

A special thank you goes out to MPP Joel Harden for his presence and attentive ear to our cause.

MPP Joel Harden

This three-year grant was focused on empowering Parents of Black children to navigate anti-Black racism in schools and marked a significant milestone in our organization’s journey. It empowered us to transition from a fully volunteer-run operation to having the resources to hire dedicated staff. Through the dedication of a parent advocate and a project manager, we’ve been able to provide crucial support to parents, develop bilingual resources, and engage meaningfully with educators and school boards to center equity in the education system.

Panel discussion

The impact speaks volumes: 368 parents supported, 28 bilingual resources developed, and 38 activities and workshops delivered. These accomplishments are a testament to the dedication and hard work of our small yet mighty team!

As we look to the future, Parents for Diversity remains committed to expanding our reach and forging partnerships with local organizations serving newcomers and people seeking refuge. Our mission of ensuring the safety and well-being of ALL children in Ontario schools remains at the forefront of our efforts.

Doeretta Charles

It was said so beautifully by Doretta Charles

“My parents wished that their children would have certain things in life
Better than they had,
That is what was in their hearts and minds
When they first moved to this land
Back in the day they did their best, yet they did so much all alone
So it’s amazing when an organization like Parents 4 Diversity comes along
When people question our strengths and say we are not able
We can say “please refer to the Black Canadian Periodic Table”
Which has become a classroom Black History staple
One wish that we have today, the parents in this room
Is to raise our own children with liberation, with an education, that is free of

Thank you to everyone who has been part of this journey.

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