PROJECT RESILIENCE

BLACK MENTORSHIP INC. LAUNCHES PROJECT RESILIENCE BY COMMEMORATING AND CELEBRATING THE UPCOMING EMANCIPATION DAY


"Despite the official ending of slavery decades ago, the rejections, the denials have continued till this day. As a community, against all odds, we stand and excel in all we do. However, when I listen to the stories of black professionals and their resilience, I hear a sense of normalcy and acceptance, as if we have accepted rejection as part of our lives. I'm afraid that's not right. No community should accept pain and rejection as part of life; certainly, we do not accept this, not for ourselves or our future generations. We cannot lose hope and accept the status quo; my friends, the time has come for a real change, and that time is now!"

- Evangeline Chima, Executive Director of BMI.

upcoming EMANCIPATION DAY events

On August 1st, 2022, BMI commemorates Emancipation Day with a national virtual event depicting the struggles and triumphs of various notable and proud Black Canadian leaders through artful expressions. The celebration will kick off with a virtual event which will  deliver a powerful message of hope and strength, allowing the audience to connect, learn and build community together.

Project Resilience will hold two virtual workshops featuring Executive Black professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders whom will not only share their personal stories of resilience but also provide actional tools to participants to develop a stronger sense of resilience. Project Resilience celebrates the commemoration of resilience and success despite hardship in the lives of Black Canadians with an in-person community event.

What is project resilience?

Project Resilience…

Is an initiative designed to highlight lived examples of the people of African descent, birth and heritage, their collective trauma and how their experience of rejection in Canada especially in the Canadian workforce have impacted them. It will highlight how members of the Black Community are using their rejection experiences to catapult themselves into success by exploring their self-worth, re-examining the tools and supports they have at their disposal, and engaging with opportunities for healing and empowerment. Black professionals will tell their stories as a way to educate, empower and uplift those looking up to them. 

Toronto, Canada – August 1st, 2022 – Black Mentorship Inc (BMI) commemorates Emancipation Day through a series of events to educate, inspire and celebrate African heritage and history.

Through these events...

We aim to:

  • Share stories containing a wealth of knowledge through speeches and performance art.
  • Help educate by having expert-facilitated workshops that will examine the root causes of rejection as it relates to the Black people/professionals while also providing solutions to alleviate/mitigate the rejections and the trauma that comes as a result of being devalued
  • Celebrate the resilience, achievements, and aptitude to triumph amongst black people amidst many pushdowns.

Following the virtual event, Project Resilience will hold 2 virtual workshops featuring Executive Black professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders whom will not only share their personal stories of resilience but also provide actional tools to participants to develop a stronger sense of resilience. 

Project Resilience celebrates the commemoration of resilience and success despite hardship in the lives of Black Canadians with an in-person community event on September 24th, 2022. 

meet our speakers

Evangeline Chima

Evangeline Chima

Founder/Executive Director at Black Mentorship Inc 2021 Women of Inspiration Black Leader Award Winner.
Nick Nurse

Nick Nurse

Senior Community Events & Execution Manager, Corporate Citizenship, TD Bank.
Fauzia Agbonhin

Fauzia Agbonhin

Award winning slam poet and author
Uzoaku Ike

Uzoaku Ike

Barrister, Case Worker Toronto employment and Social Services.
Habiba Agbonhin

Habiba Agbonhin

Senior Consultant/Project Manager, Radiation Biophysics (M. Sc.), Business Administration (MBA) specialization in Finance and Business Analyst certification.

We are grateful to the Government of Canada for their support in helping Black Mentorship Inc bring forward this important event.

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