BMI In the community
Take a look at some of the impacts and reach Black Mentorship Inc. (BMI) is making in our communities through our various programs and events! We are incredibly proud of these accomplishments and the work we have done in only three years of existence. Our mission is to create a more equitable community where everyone can fulfill their career aspirations, and we couldn't do it without your support. Thank you for joining us on this journey, and we look forward to continuing to make a meaningful impact in our community.
Women's International Month
To celebrate 2023 women's International day, Our Founder and ED joined other women leaders to celebrate womens achievements and push to close the #equity and #equality gap that sadly still exists today.
February 27th, 2023
Executive Director, Evangeline Chima, spoke at St. Victor Catholic School Scarborough
Our founder and Executive Director, Evangeline Chima, spoke at St. Victor Catholic School Scarborough and shared her experience of growing up in Africa (Nigeria) with over 300+ elementary school students and staff. Through this speech, Evangeline emphasized the importance of teaching Black history in full, including pre-colonial and pre-slavery history, to avoid perpetuating a "single story" and missing critical aspects of the black people and their achievements. The talk highlighted our similarities and the importance of understanding each other's cultures, strengths, and uniqueness.
February 4th, 2023
BMI Black Excellence Celebration in honor of Black History 2023
We held the BMI Black Excellence Celebration honoring those who paved the way in history. It was a celebration of black people's accomplishments and culture. The event featured cultural displays, ethnic music and food, engaging conversations, and rich historical demonstrations and gave participants from all communities a more detailed look at black culture. The Hon. Anita Anand, Oakville MP and the Minister of National Defense of Canada, spoke at the gala and awarded our Founder and ED, Evangeline Chima, a Certificate of recognition for her exemplary work. Other dignitaries present include the Minister of Housing, D&I, Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Oakville MPP Stephen Crawford, Colin Lynch, TD head of Global Real Estate Investments and a host of other personalities.
February 1st, 2023
Black History Month kick off
To kick off Black History Month, our founder and Executive Director, Evangeline Chima, joined Oakville Mayor, His Worship, Mayor Rob Burton and other black leaders in Halton to raise the Black History Month flag, marking the official start of Black History Month 2023. Raising the flag acknowledges the significant role of Black individuals while also bringing awareness to the ongoing struggle for equity.
BMI LOVE and WARM EMBRACE
As part of the BMI LOVE and WARM EMBRACE program, BMI reached out to organizations serving vulnerable populations and provided the gift of food to help the African/Caribbean communities as they continued on the path of recovery from the impact of Covid-19. BMI donated food gift cards to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul—Mary, Mother of God, Summit Housing and Outreach Programs and many other religious groups and families.
November 20th, 2022
We visited St. Jude Anglican Church in Oakville!
Our team visited our partner, St Jude Anglican Church Oakville, on Sunday, 20 November 2022, for a meet and greet with the community. We met the new Priest-in-Charge, the Reverend Canon Dr. David Anderson and engaged with other community organizations. We look forward to continuing working with St Jude Anglican Church Oakville and fostering safe inclusive communities.
October 29th, 2022
Emancipation Day 2022: THE COLLECTIVE RESILIENCE CELEBRATION
BMI commemorated Emancipation Day 2022 by delivering a powerful message of hope and strength from various notable and proud Black Canadian leaders. It was an amazing evening celebrating culture, music, and food, all while building social bonds that facilitate healing and recovery for the black community. The event provided a great opportunity to learn about Black culture and uniqueness. We are grateful to the Government of Canada for their support in helping Black Mentorship Inc bring forward this important project. We are grateful to the Government of Canada for their support in helping Black Mentorship Inc bring forward this important project.
August 29th, 2022
BMI's Founder/Executive Director Receive Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pin
Our founder and executive director, Evangeline Chima, received the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Community Service Pin. Evangeline was honored among other deserving Halton community members by Pam Damoff, Member of Parliament Oakville, North-Burlington, for their exceptional community service to our communities.
August 1st, 2022
On August 1st, 2022, Black Mentorship Inc. (BMI) launched Project Resilience delivering a powerful message of hope and strength by sharing stories of Black resilience and triumphs, allowing partcipants to connect, learn and build community together. Three brave Black Canadians representing three generations of freedom fighters shared their stories of resilience and how their experiences of rejection in Canada, especially in the Canadian workforce, have impacted them. The event highlighted diverse voices that have been impacted by social and cultural inequalities and the long-lasting, generational impact of slavery on the Black Community.