RAPHAEL LOUIS - ROLE MODEL & AMBASSADOR
Officially Inducted into the “National Wall of Role Models” on June 7, 2014 ( See full list www.BlackCanadianAwards.com )
H.E. Sir. Dr. Raphael Louis holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Community Development at Saint Peter and Saint Paul College and University for his lifetime humanitarian achievement, Certificates in E-Government and Knowledge Management in Government from the United Nations (UN); and is a Keynote Speaker, Civil-Human-and Minority Rights Expert; Leader, President/CEO, acclaimed Prime Minister of Canada Candidate for 2020, and appointed Ambassador of InterNations for Victoria, whereas a global expat community based in Europe.
H.E. Sir. Dr. Raphael Louis’ track record of political and humanitarian achievements and accomplishments are notable throughout a longstanding concern for a better world. His sociopolitical and leadership campaigns began in the late 1990 for which he has gained insightful knowledge of sociopolitical issues affecting the Canadian multilevel societies, and has also developed the brilliance, intelligence, magnetism, charisma and the personal characteristics of a true visionary national and world Leader.
His Chivalric achievement is notably outstanding. He has recently been awarded and honored as Sir Knight by the Knights of Columbus, and Knight Commander for British Columbia Canada by the Order of Saint Paul, for his devotion to passionately advocating for the socially under-represented members of our global family as a passionate of Social Justice Advocate.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a Keynote Speaker, Author, Civil Rights, Human Rights and Minority Rights Expert; Leader, President, CEO of FAAVM, Prime Minister of Canada for 2020. My track record of political and humanitarian achievements and accomplishments are notable throughout a longstanding concern for a better world. My sociopolitical, social justice and leadership campaigns began in the late 1990 for which I have gained insightful knowledge of sociopolitical, civil rights and human rights issues affecting the Canadian multilevel societies, and also developed the brilliance, intelligence, magnetism, charisma and the personal characteristics of a true visionary national and world Leader.
I am also the Founder of the Federal Association for the Advancement of Visible Minorities (FAAVM), the Civil Rights Party of Canada (CRPC) and the Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Paul Canada (OSP Canada); whereas three sociopolitical, humanitarian, spiritual and charitable institutions working towards social justice, the fight against poverty and the elimination of societal disparities locally, nationally and globally.
Tell us what many people may not know about you?
As a child growing up, I became passionate with music, ballet and singing, and mostly all form of arts and culture. As the matter of fact, I play piano, guitar and accordion, and also sing occasionally. I have written several poems, and continue to explore such avenue because I illustrate the poems in emotional and literal, terms; which allow me to truly express my thoughts, passions, dream dedication and most significantly the way I witness our world.
Since I grew up in one of the poorest nation on the face of the earth, Haiti, I discovered the fascinating connection with the arts; which remains poetic, enigmatic and bittersweet that includes overlapping expressions of ebullience, struggle, heroism, community, affection, wit, brilliance and inspiration, but also of fear, vigilance, alarm, apprehension and grief.
What's your inspiration and how do you get motivated?
What truly counts for me is the overall difference I make in the lives of others. I believe that inspiration comes because I am attuned to my vision of a better world in which everyone can exercise their very basic and fundamental birthrights. My theory therefore, is that inspiration is somewhat random but wholly natural association of ideas and sudden unison of thought in the mind.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is generally agreed to be the foundation of international human rights law. Adopted in 1948, the UDHR has inspired a rich body of legally binding international human rights treaties. It continues to be an inspiration to us all whether in addressing injustices, in times of conflicts, in societies suffering repression, and in our efforts towards achieving universal enjoyment of human rights.
Over the years, my commitment has been translated into actions, whether in the forms of community engagement, creating new entities and building networks. Of course, this point is one small aspect of a monumentally crossroad of my life; which creates a lasting source of motivation and inspiration.
How did you get to where you are now and what more should we expect?
I am a man of action and work very hard at my career to achieve my goals, objectives and dream. We all know that once you put your dream into motion, you would have to be very persistent, optimistic, believing in yourself and hanging on to it regardless of the obstacles and hurdles along the way. Knowing that the spirit is the most powerful tool one possesses, with a disciplined mind I grew up in a spirit of success and strength. I always to the best of my abilities treat everyone with respect, dignity and integrity, knowing that each time I encounter or work with someone, the first thing I seek to achieve is to bring the best out of that person.
As long as you are able to arouse the goodness inherent in every human, then you will develop the wisdom and leadership skills to achieve success and realize your goals. That principle influenced me throughout my life. I learned to have the patience to listen and respect when people put forward their views; even if I think those views are wrong or right. There lies the true principle of humility.
Then we should be looking ahead for the year 2020, since I want to continue the work I'm doing. In some areas, there are still several disadvantaged and underprivileged communities locally, nationally and globally. Some poor people in some part of the world haven't had proper roads, electricity, water, or even a good education. My campaign to become Prime Minister in 2020 will mostly bring new ideas and policies for a better world.
What would you like to be remembered for?
I would like to be remembered as one of the many men who truly care about the betterment and greater good of humankind, one who truly dedicated and devoted his life to give a voice to the voiceless, to help those who can not help themselves, and to act on behalf of those who can not act for themselves, especially vulnerable children. Then when the next generation remembers that someone, through his lifetime truly cared about them, then they will be inspired to carry on such legacy. The more caring human beings, the better our world can be.
How do you balance work, family, friends and leisure?
Family is more than living together under one roof: family means "home". Work is more than earning a living. In our job we develop our talents, work and home can be a vocation. Both play an important role in our lives. Having chosen what I love and enjoy doing, and having the opportunity to pursue them makes it a lot less stressful, which allow me to have more quality time to spend with friends and family. To me personally, when spending times with family or a good circle of friends, it fulfills the leisure aspect of my life.
What's your favorite food, book, music and movie?
With my Caribbean roots, of course Caribbean cuisine remains my favorite one. However, with my international traveling experiences, I have discovered several other types of cuisine that have similar components; for example oriental and European cuisine. And in terms of books, a good educational book on human rights, leadership politics, law and government are mostly subjects of greater interests. True story movies are my favorites. As the matter of fact, one of the best movies I have ever watched is “A Beautiful Mind”.
What's your experience as a Black person in Canada?
Every country has national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities within its borders. Persons belonging to minorities aspire to participate in the public, social, economic, cultural and religious life of the societies in which they live, on an equal footing with the rest of the population. Twenty years ago, UN Member States adopted unanimously the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, an acknowledgment that a gap existed in minority rights protection. This gap persists today.
Hence the reason I created the FAAVM as a national and international institution, involved in nearly every aspect of human rights, civil rights and human development, with activities ranging from economic development and advancement, legislative research projects, global partnership and trade, to financial and technical assistance from governments and private enterprises. The FAAVM plays an important supporting role as developing Canadian visible minority communities shape, and implement their strategies to reduce disparities and stimulate growth. We also place a high priority on communicating knowledge about development.
Are there as many opportunities for Blacks in Canada that can produce role models and institutions like TD Jakes, Beyonce, Tyler Perry, Obama, BET, etc:-
Innovation, intellectual competitiveness, diversity, integration, fairness and commitment must remain the core values of all, yet any good functional society. If these elements do not form an integral part of a nation, people should gather and organize to create these societal standards.
Thus equal opportunity is often a complex and contested concept. Chances for advancement should be open to everybody interested and competent, such that they have an equal chance to compete within the framework of goals and the structure of rules and policies established. Individuals should succeed or fail based on their own efforts and not extraneous circumstances.
Mention a few of your favorite Black Canadian Leaders, Artists and Role Models?
This question truly makes me reflect on the stories, experiences, and accomplishments of Canada's black community and the black Canadians who made major and significant contributions to Canada's culture and legacy such as: The Right Honourable
Michaëlle Jean ex. Governor General, Bruny Surin, Donovan Bailey, Senator Donald Oliver, Elijah McCoy and many more.
Should & do Blacks support / patronize black music, events and businesses?
Every people of different nations have their own culture, music, fashion, dances etc. In some cases for example, hip hop music in its infancy has been described as an outlet and a "voice" for the disenfranchised youth of low-economic areas, as the culture reflects the social, economic and political realities of their lives. The alternative hip hop movement is not limited only to the United States, as rappers such as Somali-Canadian poet, Japanese rapper Shing02, and Sri Lankan British artist M.I.A. have achieved considerable worldwide recognition.
At one point in all our lives we have all bought bad products or services from a top named establishment, yet we continue to patronize those companies. There's another important way consumers can voice their support for diversity, they can seek out minority-owned businesses for everyday goods and services. It is also important to support businesses that advance ethnic inclusion and cultural diversity.
What’s your understanding of Black History in Canada?
Black History should be promoted as World History. My knowledge of ancestral contributions to the progress of human civilization has given me to recognize and realize that what we currently call "black history" is really worldhistory. For example the Haitian Revolution (1791–1804) was a slave revolt, which culminated in the elimination of slavery there and the founding of the Republic of Haiti. The Haitian Revolution was the only slave revolt which led to the founding of a state.
One of the more noted aspects of Black Canadian history is that while the majority of African Americans trace their presence in the United States through the history of slavery, the Black presence in Canada is rooted almost entirely in voluntary immigration. Despite the various dynamics that may complicate the personal and cultural interrelationships between descendents of the Black Loyalists in Nova Scotia, descendents of former American slaves who viewed Canada as the promise land of freedom at the end of the Underground Railroad, and more recent immigrants from the Caribbean or Africa, one common element that unites all of these groups is that they're in Canada because they or their ancestors actively chose of their own free will to settle there
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