2007 Scholarship Awards Night

The 17th annual Scholarship Awards Dinner was held on Saturday, June 16, 2007.  At the event the Congress recongnized deserving young men and women who received the Kay Livingstone and the Gwen Jenkins scholarship awards this year.  The Veronica Dryden Woman of Distinction award as well as the Wole Soyinka literary award were also awarded at…

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Yaphet Robinson Awards

The Yaphet Robinson Humanity Award Sponsored by the Congress of Black Women of Canada, London Chapter ThisĀ  award is presented annually to a young persons, for example, London Secondary School student in recognition of demonstrated leadership in promoting racial harmony. In particular, concern and commitment to equality of all persons. No application is required. The…

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Gwen Jenkins

About the Congress – London Chapter

The Congress of Black Women of Canada (London Chapter) was founded in 1989 by the late Gwen Jenkins. The Congress is a voluntary, non-profit, national organization with chapters across Canada, from Halifax on the Atlantic coast to Vancouver on the Pacific coast. We are always looking for new members. Any Black female, age 16 years…

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FutureSmart

The Congress conducts a nine-week leadership training for youth and leaders of tommorrow.

Elligibility

The program is available for young people ages 14 to 22. Participants must reside in the London, Ontario area and currently enrolled in a high school or post-secondary education institution.

 

The Program
Founded in 2000, Future Smart is one of The Congress of Black Women of Canada, London Chapter's program designed to prepare young Black adults for the practicalities and art of living in today's society. The program is a continuum of learning beyond the educational curriculum. The strategies presented will help to offer a more balanced and focused life. 

This nine week program provides an opportunity for our young Black adults to gain experience in variety of topics including:

 
  • Communication Skills
  • Marriage and Relationships
  • Spirituality
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Self Discovery
  • Black History
  • Post Secondary Transition
  • Health and Well-being
  • Grooming and Self Esteem
  • Sexuality
  • Nutrition & Etiquette
  • Money Management

We are very excited about the program and feel that it will be a valuable experience for our youth, both now and in the future.

The nine week program culminates in a cotillion ball where the participants have the opportunity to showcase the acquired skills and talents. During the evening, each graduate  is expected to present a three-minute speech demonstrating the learned public speaking skills.

Our presentations volunteer their time, talent, energy and expertise and are the heart of the program. If you can help in any way (as a presenter, sponsor, donations, cash or in kind), please contact Liz Akano (President of the Congress of Black Women of Canada, London Chapter) at (519) 649-4666. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

 

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FutureSmart

The Congress conducts a nine-week leadership training for youth and leaders of tommorrow.

Elligibility

The program is available for young people ages 14 to 22. Participants must reside in the London, Ontario area and currently enrolled in a high school or post-secondary education institution.

 

The Program
Founded in 2000, Future Smart is one of The Congress of Black Women of Canada, London Chapter's program designed to prepare young Black adults for the practicalities and art of living in today's society. The program is a continuum of learning beyond the educational curriculum. The strategies presented will help to offer a more balanced and focused life. 

This nine week program provides an opportunity for our young Black adults to gain experience in variety of topics including:

 
  • Communication Skills
  • Marriage and Relationships
  • Spirituality
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Self Discovery
  • Black History
  • Post Secondary Transition
  • Health and Well-being
  • Grooming and Self Esteem
  • Sexuality
  • Nutrition & Etiquette
  • Money Management

We are very excited about the program and feel that it will be a valuable experience for our youth, both now and in the future.

The nine week program culminates in a cotillion ball where the participants have the opportunity to showcase the acquired skills and talents. During the evening, each graduate  is expected to present a three-minute speech demonstrating the learned public speaking skills.

Our presentations volunteer their time, talent, energy and expertise and are the heart of the program. If you can help in any way (as a presenter, sponsor, donations, cash or in kind), please contact Liz Akano (President of the Congress of Black Women of Canada, London Chapter) at (519) 649-4666. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

 

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FutureSmart

The Congress conducts a nine-week leadership training for youth and leaders of tommorrow.

Elligibility

The program is available for young people ages 14 to 22. Participants must reside in the London, Ontario area and currently enrolled in a high school or post-secondary education institution.

 

The Program
Founded in 2000, Future Smart is one of The Congress of Black Women of Canada, London Chapter's program designed to prepare young Black adults for the practicalities and art of living in today's society. The program is a continuum of learning beyond the educational curriculum. The strategies presented will help to offer a more balanced and focused life. 

This nine week program provides an opportunity for our young Black adults to gain experience in variety of topics including:

 
  • Communication Skills
  • Marriage and Relationships
  • Spirituality
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Self Discovery
  • Black History
  • Post Secondary Transition
  • Health and Well-being
  • Grooming and Self Esteem
  • Sexuality
  • Nutrition & Etiquette
  • Money Management

We are very excited about the program and feel that it will be a valuable experience for our youth, both now and in the future.

The nine week program culminates in a cotillion ball where the participants have the opportunity to showcase the acquired skills and talents. During the evening, each graduate  is expected to present a three-minute speech demonstrating the learned public speaking skills.

Our presentations volunteer their time, talent, energy and expertise and are the heart of the program. If you can help in any way (as a presenter, sponsor, donations, cash or in kind), please contact Liz Akano (President of the Congress of Black Women of Canada, London Chapter) at (519) 649-4666. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

Apply to join the program.

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Founding of the Congress

Kay LivingstoneMrs. K. Livingstone, founder, Congress of Black Women of Canada 1971.
Kay’s ancestors came from Cayuga and settled in the Chatham/London area during the early 19th century. Her early education and training was in the city of London and in Toronto, where she excelled in Drama and Speech Arts at The Royal Conservatory of Music, and later at the Ontario College of Music in Ottawa.

Her father, James Jenkins, an Assistant Judge of the Juvenile Court in London and a leading figure in the local black community, and her mother Christina, instilled in her a concept of community awareness. One of the Province’s earliest black newspapers, The Dawn of Tomorrow founded by Kay’s parents had a great influence on her interest in black history and the contributions of black people in North America.

After leaving London, Kay worked as a civil servant in Ottawa, where she met and married George Livingstone of Antigua. During this same period, she hosted her own radio show, The Kathleen Livingstone Show, featuring poetry and music. At this time, she also became an accomplished horsewoman. Kay and George established their home in Toronto, where George founded his own contracting firm, and they raised a family of five children. She continued to be actively involved in performing arts appearing as one of Canada’s leading black actresses, receiving very favourable reviews, in the amateur and professional stage, and television and motion pictures. In addition to her interest in the performing arts Kay was concerned with promoting Canadian understanding of black people and their contributions. She also hosted The Kay Livingstone Show on CBC, CKEY, and CFPL (London), dealing with the traditions and cultural activities of black peoples of the World.

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