Ajax Anti-Black Racism Task Force

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Ajax Diversity Xchange Speaker Series: Presented by the Anti-Black Racism Task Force

September 28, 2021 | 6 p.m.

Navigating the Education System with Guest Speaker:

  • Margaret Lazarus Superintendent of Education-Durham District School Board
  • Eleanor McIntosh - Educator/Leader/ Community Activist

Watch live on:

Recording will be made available. Stay tuned for next instalment in the series. #AABRTF #ADX

For more information, please contact diversity@ajax.ca.

View event flyer here.


The recent Black Lives Matter movement and protests reminded the Town and Ajax Council that we have a lot of work to do in addressing systemic and institutional racism to combat barriers felt by Black people.

The Task Force has been set up to listen to local Black voices and initiate concrete actions to support the Black community and other racialized groups in Ajax.

The Ajax Anti-Black Racism (AABR) Task Force has officially formed with 15 committee members. Members are all Black residents of Ajax with a diverse range of experiences and realities.

Members:

  • Mariska Thomas, Chair
  • Dane Lawrence, Vice-Chair
  • Pauline Vassell, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Brenton Allyene
  • Camille Perry
  • Danielle James
  • Jaeden Lawton
  • Keirah VanDusen
  • Kevin Vieneer
  • Monica Edwards
  • Nickidia Thompson
  • Sonia Ellis-Seguin
  • Talisa Boland
  • Eleanor McIntosh, Education Advisor

Liaisons:

  • Shaun Collier, Mayor of Ajax
  • Natasha Sharma, Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator

Learn more about the Task Force members and read their bios.


What’s New?

AABR Taskforce supports Body Worn Camera program

The AABR Task Force has taken swift action towards their commitment to addressing systemic and institutional racism experienced by the Black community and other racialized groups by writing an endorsement letter to Durham Regional Council to express their collective support of the Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Program being recommended for implementation in 2021 for Durham Regional Police Services (DRPS).

Letter of Endorsement Region of Durham - AABR Taskforce September 2020 (154 KB) (pdf)

Terms of Reference

The AABR Task Force has worked diligently to develop a Terms of Reference which outlines the committee’s responsibilities and purpose.

Terms of Reference - Ajax Anti-Black Racism Taskforce - September 2020 (209 KB) (pdf)

Strategic Work Plan

The plan outlines the vision, mission, goals and objectives of the Task Force and is categorized by short-term and long-term goals.

Strategic Work Plan September 2020 (228 KB) (pdf)


Past Diversity Xchange Sessions


Continue to check back often for the latest updates, information and news about the AABR Task Force.

Information will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.



Ajax Diversity Xchange Speaker Series: Presented by the Anti-Black Racism Task Force

September 28, 2021 | 6 p.m.

Navigating the Education System with Guest Speaker:

  • Margaret Lazarus Superintendent of Education-Durham District School Board
  • Eleanor McIntosh - Educator/Leader/ Community Activist

Watch live on:

Recording will be made available. Stay tuned for next instalment in the series. #AABRTF #ADX

For more information, please contact diversity@ajax.ca.

View event flyer here.


The recent Black Lives Matter movement and protests reminded the Town and Ajax Council that we have a lot of work to do in addressing systemic and institutional racism to combat barriers felt by Black people.

The Task Force has been set up to listen to local Black voices and initiate concrete actions to support the Black community and other racialized groups in Ajax.

The Ajax Anti-Black Racism (AABR) Task Force has officially formed with 15 committee members. Members are all Black residents of Ajax with a diverse range of experiences and realities.

Members:

  • Mariska Thomas, Chair
  • Dane Lawrence, Vice-Chair
  • Pauline Vassell, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Brenton Allyene
  • Camille Perry
  • Danielle James
  • Jaeden Lawton
  • Keirah VanDusen
  • Kevin Vieneer
  • Monica Edwards
  • Nickidia Thompson
  • Sonia Ellis-Seguin
  • Talisa Boland
  • Eleanor McIntosh, Education Advisor

Liaisons:

  • Shaun Collier, Mayor of Ajax
  • Natasha Sharma, Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator

Learn more about the Task Force members and read their bios.


What’s New?

AABR Taskforce supports Body Worn Camera program

The AABR Task Force has taken swift action towards their commitment to addressing systemic and institutional racism experienced by the Black community and other racialized groups by writing an endorsement letter to Durham Regional Council to express their collective support of the Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Program being recommended for implementation in 2021 for Durham Regional Police Services (DRPS).

Letter of Endorsement Region of Durham - AABR Taskforce September 2020 (154 KB) (pdf)

Terms of Reference

The AABR Task Force has worked diligently to develop a Terms of Reference which outlines the committee’s responsibilities and purpose.

Terms of Reference - Ajax Anti-Black Racism Taskforce - September 2020 (209 KB) (pdf)

Strategic Work Plan

The plan outlines the vision, mission, goals and objectives of the Task Force and is categorized by short-term and long-term goals.

Strategic Work Plan September 2020 (228 KB) (pdf)


Past Diversity Xchange Sessions


Continue to check back often for the latest updates, information and news about the AABR Task Force.

Information will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.

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