Confirmed Mayoral Candidates:- Rob Ford, John Tory, Olivia Chow, David Soknacki, Dewitt Lee and D!onne Renée
"ADDRESSING BLACK COMMUNITY ISSUES"
The entire 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. 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 and we would be having similar event in other cities. We are looking forward to a more inclusive city and country.
Yours Respectfully, Paul Ade, Executive Director Diversity Advancement Network
CANDIDATES CONFIRMED TO ATTEND
Mayor Rob Ford, Olivia Chow, John Tory, David Soknacki and Dewitt Lee
Addressing Black Community Issues (Diversity & Inclusion, Race, Policing, Unemployment, Community, Transit, Skills Advancement)
- Registration, Networking, Meet & Greet, Red Carpet, etc - 5pm to 6pm
- Quick "ABC" on how to vote & do's & don'ts - 6pm
- Candidates running for Councillors introduce themselves (15mins Total) At 6:10pm
- Motivation Poetry by Greg Frankson of CBC Radio (6:20pm)
- Debate/Forum Time 6:30pm - 8:30pm
- Brief Presentations - 9pm
- PICTURES, MEET AND GREET, NETWORKING
Novotel Toronto North York Hotel - 3 Park Home Avenue, North York
or 5150 Yonge Street, North York (Same Building)
- Ticket cost: Free/Complimentary courtesy Diversity Advancement Network / Black Canadian Awards
- Dress code:- Formal or corporate (or as you like)
- Time to Arrive:- 5pm - 5:30pm
- Seats:- Those who registered online will be seated first and everyone else will also be seated but must register at the door (FREE)
- Parking:- Parking is $5 inside the Hotel but maybe more in private or street parking.
- Food & Drinks:- Water will be provided. Cash bar is available as well.
- Attendance/Guests:- Attendance is opened to everyone. Yes, you can invite others but encourage them to register on www.BlackCanadians.com to help us plan better.
- Transit:-North York Center Train Station is underground of this hotel.
- What to expect:- Opportunity to meet other like minded people, both young professionals and leaders from our community. Also an opportunity to get inspired to consider participating in the future.
- MEDIA & PICTURES:- Any media or photo person planning to attend should inform us earlier.
Its Important to encourage and have Africans, Carribbeans and the entire black community to participate and play an active role as condidate for MP / Councillor / Mayor or as a voting power in Canadian politics.
www.BlackCanadians.com - October 10th 2010 was when Afro Caribbean News, a product of Diversity Advancement Network made history by hosting the 1st Mayoral forum for the black community in Calgary. It was indeed a forum filled with ideas and relevant suggestions to help move this great city forward.
Organizing Team: Paul Ade, Sharon Ade, Esther Ochoga and a few others.
Moderators: Professor Rose Joshua & Rodney Ludlow.
We also met, interviewed and published our interview with Craig Burrows, Joe Connelly, Bob Hawkesworth, Kent Hehr, Alnoor Kassam, Jon Lord, Ric McIver, Naheed Nenshi, Wayne Stewart, Paul Hughes, Gary Johnston. Eventually one of the candidates at this forum won the election. On October 18th, Naheed Nenshi became the new Mayor of Calgary.