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Dufferin-Peel Catholic schools celebrate Black History Month




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​Posted on: 1/30/17

Dufferin-Peel Catholic schools celebrate Black History Month

School board hosts its 13th Annual Black History Month Student Conference


Dufferin-Peel Catholic schools will host many engaging events and activities to celebrate Black History Month, including "It's Everyone's History – Walking Forward Together in Hope", a board-wide Black History Student Conference on February 23 for secondary school students. This event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus.

Now in its thirteenth year, the conference will highlight local community members who have achieved success and fulfillment of their ambitions and who are also role models for all students. More than 400 students are expected to attend the event which will include a panel discussion on Black Identity in 2017, followed by a series of workshops.

"In addition to a panel discussion, students will participate in workshops, led by a diverse range of presenters, who will share their own success and motivational stories," said Michelle Coutinho, Dufferin-Peel's Principal of Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Education. "By learning about, and celebrating the contributions of African-Canadians and, in particular, members of our own local community, students will be inspired to develop and share the diverse talents with which they have been blessed."  

Conference presenters include:

  • ​Renatta Austin, Lawyer & Notary Public
  • Desmond Cole, Radio Host and Columnist
  • Amanda Parris, TV Producer/Host
  • Dalton Higgins, Author/Journalist
  • Asha James, Lawyer
  • Jesse Jones, Founder & President of TEN81 Lifestyle Inc.
  • Morgan Campbell, Journalist
  • Anthony Morgan, Lawyer
  • Annette Bazira-Oakafor, Educator/Doctoral Candidate
  • Huda Hassan, Educator/Doctoral Candidate 

WHAT:    Dufferin-Peel Black History Conference: It's Everyone's History – Walking Forward Together in Hope

WHEN:    Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE:   University of Toronto Mississauga Campus, 3359 Mississauga Road, Mississauga


​In addition to the board-wide conference, numerous schools have Black History Month events and activities planned. A detailed list of school events is available on the board's website​.

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is one of the largest school boards in Ontario with approximately 81,000 students in 150 schools located throughout Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon and Orangeville. The board is also one of the largest employers in the region with approximately 11,000 employees.

For more information about the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and Catholic schools in Peel Region and Dufferin County, visit Dufferin-Peel online at




Media Contact:
Nancy Marshall, Communications Officer
905-890-0708 ext. 24278 or 416-788-9367

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