Community Listings as of February 18, 2010

Caribbean Diabetes Chapter Meeting

The Caribbean Diabetes Chapter of the Canadian Diabetes Association will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, February 24, at the Anglican Church of the Nativity, 10 Sewells Road (east of Neilson, north of Sheppard Ave.) at 6:30 p.m. The topic is “Diabetes & High Blood Pressure.” Dr. Tobe of Sunnybrook Hospital will be the guest speaker. Admission and parking is free. The Anglican Church of the Nativity can be accessed by taking the Neilson bus #133 or Nugget bus #131.

Lecture on Indigeneity in T&T

The Caribbean Studies at the University of Toronto will present a lecture titled “The Resurgence of the Caribs, and of Indigeneity, in Trinidad and Tobago” on Wednesday, February 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the History Department Seminar Room, Sidney Smith 2098, 100 St. George Street. The lecture will feature Maximilian Forte, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Concordia University.

For more information, call 416-978-4054 or email:

CBW-Scarborough Meeting Dates

The Congress of Black Women of Canada, Scarborough Chapter, will hold monthly meetings every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic School, 3530 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough, on the following dates: February 25, March 25, April 22, May 27, and June 24. The meeting on February 25 will feature a guest speaker who will deliver a presentation on Service Canada Programs, e.g., Employment Insurance and the Canada Pension Plan.

Forum on Education

The Reachout Committee Working Against Violence Everywhere (WAVE) forum on education will be held on Saturday, February 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Trinity Hall Canadian Coptic Center, 1245 Eglinton Ave West, Mississauga. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Alvin Curling, co-author of the report “Roots of Youth Violence”.

The forum is being held for African-Canadian youth to discuss and create solutions about the challenges they face. Youth registration is free.

CAG Annual Meeting

Caribana Arts Group (CAG) will hold its annual general meeting on Saturday, February 27, at Toronto Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room 308, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A new CAG Board of Directors will be voted in at the meeting, which will be open to members only. All returning and/or new members are welcome. Dues are $25 per person.

For more information, call 416-599-0664, or email:


OBHS Conference

The Ontario Black History Society and the Equity Studies department at New College will present its first annual Leaders of Tomorrow Conference, themed “The Time is Now!” on Friday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at William Doo Auditorium, New College, 45 Willcocks Street. The event will feature a reading, a film excerpt and several speakers. The keynote speaker will be Dr. George J. Sefa Dei, who will discuss the gaps and bridges of learning Black culture in the education system. Registration is free. Parties interested in attending the event should RSVP by Friday, February 19. Refreshments and lunch will be provided with confirmed registration.

To register, call 416-867-9420 or email:


Seeking Manuscripts

P.A.C.E. (Canada) is requesting submissions of an original unpublished manuscript for the Helen Sissons award, consisting of $1,000. All submissions, geared to children up to age seven, must reflect the diversity of the world’s population. Canadian citizens and landed immigrants are eligible and the deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 31.

For more information, call 416-208-3103, visit, or email:

Miss Creole Pageant

Miss Creole Canada is accepting applications for the second annual Miss Creole Canada pageant. Applicants must be of French-Creole heritage (Dominica, St. Lucia, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Haiti) and be between the ages of 18-26.

For more information, call 416-270-2356, 416-402-4231 or visit

Prenatal Program

Toronto Public Health is offering free prenatal classes for women three to six months pregnant, in a series of four evening sessions (from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) at community locations throughout the city. Partners are welcome.

To register, call 416-338-7600.

Cricket Club Practice Schedule

The North Star Cricket Club will hold indoor practices for youths ages 17 and under every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 130 Melford Drive, Unit #5 (Corner of Markham Rd./Finch Ave.)

For more information, call 416-556-5684, or email:

Empowering Women

Black Youth Helpline has developed a focus on single women to help strengthen women’s lead roles in their personal, family and community life.

The “Empowering Women” Project provides support, counselling, coaching, guidance training and regular networking opportunities. Parents benefit from 1:1 or group support; networking sessions; telephone counselling or volunteer opportunities to share their own experiences to benefit other parents.

To register, call 416-285-9944 or email:

Volunteers Needed

The Sickle Cell Association of Ontario is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide education and support to those affected by sickle cell and other red blood disorders. The SCAO is currently looking for volunteers with a range of skills and experience working with the community and managing funds for its Board of Directors.

Please apply in writing, with cover letter and curriculum vitae as soon as possible, to or 3199 Bathurst St., Suite 202, Toronto, ON, M6A 2B2.

Young Mothers Group

The Brampton West-Mississauga Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC) invites young mothers (up to age 22 with a child or children up to age 6) to join its Young Moms Group. The group provides young mothers and their children with the opportunity to participate in various activities, play games, network and have fun. Meetings are held every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the OEYC, located at 57 Mill Street North, Unit 105. Snacks and one bus ticket per person are provided.

For more information, call 905-452-1973.

Volunteers Needed

ESS Support Services needs volunteers to help in the Adult Day Services program that runs Monday to Saturday. If you are available once a week from approximately 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. become a volunteer who assists with meals, crafts, games and exercises. A more flexible schedule is also available as Volunteer Driver to help get seniors around.

Please call 416-255-5969 or visit, to volunteer.

African Canadian Mental Health Support

The Krasman Centre, a community mental health organization serving York Region and South Simcoe, runs a support group every second Thursday for African-Canadians who live with a diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health issue. No fees are required for any of the services provided. The Krasman Centre is located at 10121 Yonge Street, (one block north of Major Mackenzie Drive), Richmond Hill.

For more information, call 905-780-0491, ext. 115.

Volunteer Tutors Sought

The Adult Literacy Program at St. Christopher House is seeking volunteer tutors to help adults learn to read, write or perform basic math. Ideal candidates should enjoy working with people and live or work in downtown/west Toronto.

St. Christopher House, located at 248 Ossington Avenue (Dundas St. West), comprises a team of volunteers, participants and staff which develops programs in response to community needs and promotes socio-economic conditions in which individuals and families can thrive.

For more information, call 416-539-9000, or email:

Free Women’s Workshops

The Multicultural Inter Agency Group of Peel is offering free workshops for women from the African and Caribbean communities. The workshops’ objectives are to maintain family relationships, provide safety and self-support tips, improve life skills and build capabilities.

Child care will be provided and light refreshments served. In addition, a draw on participant’s names will be held. Limited seating is available.

For more information, call 905-270-6252 or email:


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