Here’s What’s Happening In April

In This Month’s Issue:

Community Spotlight: La Passerelle I.D.É.
What’s Happening in Community: Call for Partners, Seeking black Post-Secondary Students, Call for Submissions
Feature Article: Keeping It Super Simple – Are agencies collaborating for better outcomes or best interests?
Events: Parent Connection, 416R.I.S.E Back2Basics, US College Expo
Funding Opportunities: B3 Capacity Building Program, Grow Your Global, Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation Bursaries
Employment Opportunities:  City of Mississauga, Shadow Mahaneela, Fuel Change

And More!



Making an urgent Call to individuals or organizations within the healthcare system to join hands in making a difference this month! To all those in healthcare who can spare hand sanitizers, face masks, bandages, and sunscreen, please reach out to me as soon as possible. We desperately need these items to include in the care packages we’re distributing to those struggling in our community. Despite my efforts, I’ve hit roadblocks in securing these essentials, and now, as a youth-led initiative, we’re turning to our wider community for help. Get in contact with me at Nebiyoutimotewos@gmail.comThis month, through my organization “Community Cares,” we’re embarking on a mission to support our vulnerable youth by providing them with much-needed care packages. Community Cares, driven by passionate youth, is committed to making a tangible difference and uplifting the spirits of young people in our community. Our first community drive is later this month where we are planning to give away over 150 care packages!!!! We are on a good pace as we are collecting items, so if anyone else want to make any others donations as well, please check out the information down below.🚨There Is A Power in Kindness🚨 Let’s change lives this month!

Are you (or someone you know) a Black student enrolled in a Canadian university? Have you ever experienced mental health challenges?If so, Joana Mukunzie, PhD. Candidate is looking to interview students on their thoughts and/or experiences seeking mental health support, for her doctoral thesis.This study will aim to better understand and address the needs of Black students who face mental health challenges.You will receive a $30 amazon gift card for your participation💸!

Feel free to contact her at for more info or to participate.

Xpace Cultural Centre is thrilled to announce our annual thematic open call for submissions! We are looking for submissions for EXHIBITIONS, WORKSHOPS, and SPECIAL PROJECTS for our 2024 – 2025 programming year! 🪄⏰📂SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JUNE 9TH @ 11:59PM EST📄The full description of each thematic can be found on our website, and in theSubmittable form. All links are included on our Linktree.📆💬 If you have any questions about the proposal process that are not outlined in our FAQ please contact Xpace staff at BEFORE 6pm on Friday, May 31, 2024.

– Please note that due to high interest it might take up to 3-5 days to get to your question.
– We do not respond to last minute requests, texts, or direct messages sent on social media.

Poster Design by Madeleine LeBrun (


If you’re creating innovative digital work, we want to honor it. The w3 Awards recognize the skill, craft and dedication behind Social Media Content, Websites, Mobile Apps, Video, Podcasts, Marketing & Advertising, and Emerging Tech. Enter Now. The Early Entry Deadline is May 3rd.

Find out more by visiting the website.

We’re on the lookout for passionate leaders to take the helm as Chairs/Co-Chairs in our Economic Empowerment and Education & Youth Committees, as well as upcoming Chapters in Nova Scotia and Quebec.Ready to be part of something transformative? Send your resume and cover letter by April 19th!Please indicate in your email which chapter/committee you’re interested in chairing/co-chairing.


Keeping It Super Simple – Are Agencies Collaborating for Better Outcomes or Best interests?
Written by: Matius Daniel

Organizations are required to deliver on their mission or risk becoming obsolete due to lack of impact, planning, funding or all of the above. With broad visions and limited capacities, organizations are faced with decisions about operating in their comfort zones or exploring unfamiliar territory for the sake of building a more prosperous community. This article relies on conversational takeaways from the community to address how information plays a role in the visible and viable opportunities that Black community members have.The Bottomline
Arguably, there exists a notable segmentation within the nonprofit sector, particularly between black-led organizations with specific mandates aimed at community assistance. For those who resonate with that sentiment, it may appear obvious that the solution is for cohabitating organizations that exist within the ecosystem to engage in symbiotic relationships that produce positive change for agencies and the community. Subscribers to that school of thought may likely have suggestions that aim to fill the void between agencies, such as:

  1. Establishing common ground: Sharing similar goals, analyzing complementary capacities, and avoiding unnecessary overlap which supports the elimination of redundancies while working jointly on projects with partners.
  2. Building trust through experience: This approach appears simple but can grow complicated depending on the size of a project. Starting at a reasonable place can ease partners into a relationship and allow for learning to take place with minimal consequences. However, the true magic comes after the consensus is reached. This has a high potential to relieve pressure and present bigger opportunities for partners over the medium to long term through exposure, innovation, and greater value proposition.

Through a quotation, this can be summarized into a simple familiar concept; “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” which suggests that exchanged reciprocity, favours or support are a basis for successful partnerships as they ensure that both parties benefit.

What’s the Score
Consistent themes like having a near never-ending work backlog, and attempting to circumvent burnout have detrimental impacts on the overall well-being of both community agencies and their members, hindering effective service delivery. Although there is a high volume of service providers in every area, many persons continue to be afflicted by the social determinants of health:

  1. Income and social protection
  2. Education
  3. Unemployment and job insecurity
  4. Working life conditions
  5. Food insecurity
  6. Housing, basic amenities and the environment
  7. Early childhood development
  8. Social inclusion and non-discrimination
  9. Structural conflict
  10. Access to affordable health services of decent quality.

Simultaneously, service agencies face constant labouring to be accepted as an eligible fit for funding opportunities, as well as managing cuts or delayed improvements in organizational structuring (i.e. staffing, governance, etc.) which can be overwhelming. At times, it is not what you know but who you know. This is key in recognizing that nobody is above needing support and acknowledging limitations. It can quickly become evident that more can be gained from teamwork than could ever be achieved alone. With great responsibility, it can be critical to have the capacity to provide a level of service to members or be equipped to direct referrals if helping persons may be outside of one’s abilities at the moment.

Here are several ideas that are useful in these scenarios:

  1. Provide referrals: Connect the community with contacts or links to experts who can offer specialized help catered to their needs.
  2. Share accessible resources: Offer easy-to-reach online support and information.
  3. Guide community to find information: Help by leading the community through additional sources of help. Going the extra distance may mean all the difference in the end.
  4. Follow up: Plan to reach back out to persons and see how they’re doing since seeking the information they sought prior.

A self-assessment question for us to ask ourselves if we are in situations like these could be; Are we pouring from empty cups? And, how does that impact the people we serve? This is valuable to ask because making an effort to empathize and categorize a level of priority could be as vital as preserving a life or a reputation.

Perspective on Objective
Upon drawing attention to the segmentation of the nonprofit space, spreading the responsibilities using alternative strategies may prove worthwhile. With countless community resources serving all aspects of the community, the challenge comes in getting to know as many as possible. Events and sidebar chatting regularly provide a place and time that permits organizations to establish connections with alignments for collaboration. This interdependence could become a generator for additional resources and information that advance the socio-economic status of Black communities within Canada, to which we all have a responsibility. As the famous question begs, “If not us, then who?”.

There is tremendous value in being able to communicate your goals straightforwardly with the intent of partnering. This, coupled with understanding what community needs and the major pieces preventing significant progress are key areas that could support the discovery of new avenues. Know that with an open mind, there is hope for your agency to find more effective and efficient solutions.

If you have thoughts surrounding this article, we welcome you to share them. You are encouraged to share your successes, challenges, comments or concerns with us at as well.


Calling all Black parents and youth in Simcoe County!
Join us for Be the Change: Parent Connections – a virtual session where your voice matters!
Share your school system concerns, discuss challenges and gain expert insights from Kerrin St. Omer-Counsellor and Life Coach
A supportive space to discuss, learn and empower each other!
When: Thursday, April 18
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Where: ZOOM

💰Admission: Pay what you can, but we suggest a minimum donation of $10.00 to support our ongoing efforts in the community.This years theme is Back to the Basics: Embracing Time as a Path of Mindful GrowthEmbark on a journey of self-discovery and transformation with us. Imagine engaging in a heartfelt conversation with your former self from 12 years ago, contemplating the choices that could have fostered growth. As you pause to reflect on the passage of time, cherish the profound lessons learned and the subtle shifts that have shaped your unique journey. Together, let’s invite a deeper sense of mindfulness into our paths of personal evolution.

This gathering will feature an impressive lineup of local acts including Randell Adjei, Tamir, Marley Unknxn, YHW, Osé, and will be hosted by Shahaddah Jack! To RSVP, please visit


This event promises an evening filled with inspiration, reflection, celebration, and community. Come join us as we honour the past, embrace the present, and envision the future together. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience!

Click here to register!

Space is limited – Register today!

An inclusive and supportive environment for learning, sharing knowledge, enjoying laughter, expressing creativity, and fostering effective collaboration while strengthening community bonds. – Refreshments will be provided.

Secure your spot by registering at

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Black Urbanism TO is proud to announce that the Little Jamaica Community Land Trust (LJCLT) has been officially incorporated as a non-profit organization and we are hosting an official launch event to celebrate on Saturday, April 27th from 12pm to 4pm at 1652 Keele St (Keele Community Hub).

Click here to register!

Come join us for a day dedicated to celebrating and elevating the health and well-being of Black women. Our event will feature insightful discussions, empowering sessions, and networking opportunities. Together, we will address important issues, share experiences, and support each other on our journey to physical, mental, and financial wellness. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and gain valuable knowledge. See you at 10 Belfield Rd!

Observe the opportunity for children to launch their very own startup business!Kids develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at our one-day marketplace.We will host 12 booths at the 1st event in Toronto on Sunday, April, 28, 2024 from 11 am – 3 pm.This event is sponsored by Acton Academy, the Acton School of Business, and the generous support of our donors and volunteers.  We all believe that principled entrepreneurs are heroes and role models for the next generation.

Whether an entrepreneur is famous like Elon Musk or Oprah Winfrey or they are one of the thousands of unsung business owners across this country, these are the people who make sacrifices to innovate, create jobs and serve their communities. Visit our

website to get involved.

Click here to register!

Meet Joëlle Jacqueline, founder of Couler Consulting, on a mission to Build Better Businesses. With a passion for nurturing talent and creating ‘ah ha’ moments through challenging individuals to think differently. Joëlle specializes in guiding aspiring entrepreneurs through holistic development. As a mentor with Futurpreneur Canada and StartUp Here Toronto, she advocates for equitable opportunities and knowledge-sharing.📅 Date: Thursday, May 2nd, 2024
🕒 Time: 6 PM – 7:45 PM
📍 Location: Live on Streamyard
✨Panelists, live DJ, and exciting giveaways await!
🔗Register Here!

Click here to register!

We are so excited to invite you back to Nonprofit Driven, and look forward to connecting with you on May 14-15, 2024 at the Toronto Reference Library. As nonprofits continue to face daunting challenges and navigate rapidly changing contexts, let’s get together to dream big about how we can shape the future of our sector.

Our conference is Ontario’s largest nonprofit public policy forum, where you can expect to dig into topics that span from advocacy to social finance. Most importantly, Nonprofit Driven is a space to have fun, gain insights from diverse sector leaders, and contribute to the collective heartbeat that sustains nonprofit work! We will be releasing information about sessions, opportunities to network, plenaries, and workshops in the coming months.

Visit the website for details and ticket information!

Please join us for rich discussion, an opportunity to participate in interactive workshops, food, live entertainment and the chance to be a part of this exciting journey as we navigate our pathway forward towards equitable mental healthcare for Black communities.Stay tuned for speaker announcements, event schedule and more exciting details!

Click here to register!

Mark your calendar! The dates for the 4th National Black Canadians Summit have now been announced. We look forward to seeing you September 6 – 8, 2024 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, in Québec.

Stay tuned

#SPCN2024 À vos agendas ! Les dates du 4e Sommet pancanadien des communautés noires sont désormais annoncées. Nous avons hâte de vous voir les 6, 7 et 8 septembre 2024 au Palais des congrès.

Restez à l’affût

Funding Opportunities

Youth-Led Community Crisis Response Fund
The City of Toronto empowers youth-led initiatives addressing community crises. Apply for funding to make a difference in your neighborhood. Visit the City of Toronto
website for the latest application deadlines.

Black Entrepreneur Program
The Black Opportunity Fund supports Black entrepreneurs in their business ventures. Explore opportunities for funding and resources. Please check the Black Opportunity Fund
website for the latest application deadlines.

BOF Black Business Loan Program
The BOF Black Business Loan Program offers financial support to Black-owned businesses. Apply now to access capital for your enterprise. Visit the Black Opportunity Fund
website for application deadlines.

Black Entrepreneurship and Skilled Trades Foundation Program
The B.E.S.T program aims to prepare the next generation of Black identified entrepreneurs and young business leaders to launch successful businesses in the Skilled Trades. We are seeking applicants who are passionate with a desire to take their business to the next level. Successful candidates will possess an entrepreneurial mindset as well as a commitment to learn more. Please review our Application Page or contact us at
Visit the website for details.

Taylor Taliesin Foundation
The Taylor Taliesin Foundation’s mission is to support and empower women and children through arts and education. Visit the
website for more details.

Youth Innovations Scale Grant
Scale your successful project with a proven model to expand your reach or enhance your impact on young people. Visit the
website for details.
Deadline: April 17, 2024

Youth Innovations Test Grant
Find solutions to issues facing young people. Research important issues, explore different approaches, and test new ideas. Visit the
website for details.
Deadline: April 17, 2024

B3 Capacity Building Program
Black Opportunity Fund (BOF) is launching a grant and capacity building program for Canadian Black-led, Black-serving, and Black focused not-for-profits, and charities (B3s), in partnership with the Black Canadian Fundraisers Collective (BCFC).
website for details.

Grow Your Global

DHL is offering Two Canadian small business owners the chance to win a grand prize to help grow their business globally with:

  • $10K made available to help take or grow your business worldwide
  • $10K in international shipping

Visit the website for details.
Deadline: April 26, 2024

Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation Bursaries
To apply for the Bursary, all eligible applicants must complete an Application Form available at
Deadline: April 27, 2024

Nancy Twine’s Dream Makers Founder Grant
As part of the two-year commitment, the Pledge will award $125,000 annually, distributing $25,000 grants to five business owners each year. Visit the
website for details.
Deadline: April 30, 2024

CRH Canada Bridge Scholarship Program 2024
Up to ten scholarships will be available: five at the College/Skilled Trades level and five at the Undergraduate level. These scholarships are valued at $3,000 CAD each. Selected applicants will also have an opportunity to interview for a paid internship or co-op position at CRH Canada.

  • Only the first 50 applications submitted will be considered.

Visit the website for details.
Deadline: May 15, 2024

Canada Arts Training Fund
The Canada Arts Training Fund (CATF) supports arts training in Canada. The CATF provides financial support for the ongoing operations of Canadian arts organizations that specialize in training artists for professional national or international artistic careers, at the highest levels. Visit the
website for more details.
Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

Community Investment Fund
Support charitable programs and initiatives that are making an impact in the communities of Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg. Visit the
website for more details.
Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

Creative Communities Projects
The Creative Communities Projects program provides funding to Toronto-based professional artists, artist collectives and non-profit organizations to pursue one-time or time-limited arts projects that enable public participation and engagement in arts and culture. The maximum grant available in this program is $15,000. Visit the
website for details.
Application Deadline: August 1, 2024

Alberta Community Facility Enhancement Program
Financial assistance to upgrade, expand, purchase or build public-use community facilities. Visit the
website for details.

Employment Opportunities

Investment Principal, Black Opportunity Fund
The Managing Partner will report to the Investment Directors and Investment Committee of BOF Capital. The position is responsible for overseeing the investments, and the team of investment associates & investment analysts of BOF Capital, including the investment portfolio of portfolio businesses. The position and investments will be guided by the BOF Capital Investment Policy.

Visit the website for job details and application instructions.

Operations Director, Adornment Stories       
The Operations Director is responsible for overseeing program operations, evaluations and staff engagement. They will be working closely with our third party evaluators, external contractors and internal staff. The Operations Director is responsible for contracts, bookings, timelines, office management and the overall work plan success for Adornment Stories programming and teams. This role includes grant application collaboration, team management and leadership, booking workspaces, booking guest facilitators and ensuring the team meets all major milestones in a timely manner.

Visit the link for job details and application instructions..

Youth Delegates – Youth Policy Table, Toronto Community Benefits Network
Organizations that are invested in equity-deserving groups accessing good jobs in the construction sector, are encouraged to refer youth delegates.We are seeking referrals of Black, Indigenous, and other racialized (BIPOC) youth aged 16-25.Our ideal candidate will be interested in the construction industry and advancing community benefits agreements in the sector.Youth Delegates will have the opportunity to:

✅ Collaborate with other youth in a systems-change environment.
✅ Become knowledgeable about Community Benefits Agreements, in the policy environment.
✅ Develop standards and best practices for Community Benefits Agreements.
✅ Build networks that will strengthen their access to leadership opportunities.

To learn more about the project, please contact: or visit the website.

Legal Counsel, Real Estate Law
Deadline: April 17, 2024
This role with the City of Mississauga calls for a confident commercial real estate lawyer with experience in real estate transactional work, leasing and expropriations.
The City of Mississauga’s Legal Services Division is a full-service law department that handles a wide variety of interesting and rewarding files that directly impact the way people live, work and play in Mississauga.

See website for details.

Project Leader – Realty Services
Deadline: April 18, 2024
Lead projects related to the obtainment, management and disposal of property and property rights on behalf of the City. Provide professional consulting services including: negotiate leases, licences, easements and other limited interest agreements on behalf of the City both as landlord and tenant.
website for details.

Production Coordinator
Deadline: October 15, 2024
The Live Event and Media Production team is looking for experienced Technical Coordinators. Working as part of a larger team your expertise will be used to support Festivals and Events at Celebration Square, Meadowvale Theatre, Living Arts Centre and Paramount Fine Food Centre,  Technical Coordinators are responsible for overseeing the setup up and production operations of festivals and events at each of these facilities

See website for details.

Programming Lead, Fuel Change
Join FUEL as our Programming Lead! FUEL’s mission is to foster a vibrant community of young changemakers, equipped with the skills and support to achieve their goals and create sustainable impact. You are located in the GTA, have experience in program & events development/delivery, are comfortable taking ownership for evolving responsibilities and bring a love of people to your work. This is a part-time role, 20 hours per week, mostly remote, with some in-person requirements in Toronto.

Deadline: April 19, 2024
Visit the link for more details on how to apply.

Donor Development Manager (Volunteer), WhoWhatWhy
Deadline: April 22, 2024

Visit the link for more details on how to apply.

Lead, Performance, Accountability & Funding Allocation, Ontario Health
Join FUEL as our Programming Lead! FUEL’s mission is to foster a vibrant community of young changemakers, equipped with the skills and support to achieve their goals and create sustainable impact. You are located in the GTA, have experience in program & events development/delivery, are comfortable taking ownership for evolving responsibilities and bring a love of people to your work. This is a part-time role, 20 hours per week, mostly remote, with some in-person requirements in Toronto.

Deadline: April 26, 2024
Visit the link for more details on how to apply.

Program Manager, Ontario Trillium Foundation

As a member of a regional team, the role of the Program Manager (PM) comprises three main functions: Applicant support & outreach, assessment & volunteer support, and monitoring & grantee support. The Program Manager reports to a Director of Community Investments.
To apply for this position, submit your cover letter and resume online.
Visit the link for more details on how to apply.

Housing Partnerships Coordinator, Interval House 

Established in 1973, Interval House is Canada’s first shelter for women and children experiencing abuse. We are trailblazers in the campaign for women’s empowerment and independence and we provide innovative, specialized, and transformative services that help to break the cycle of intimate partner violence.

Visit the link for more details on how to apply.

Project Manager, Halton Black Voices
This role is critical in driving the project towards achieving its goals, ensuring effective staff and volunteer management, and overseeing all aspects of project execution. The Project Manager will work closely with community stakeholders, partners and the funders to ensure project success.

Visit the link for more details on how to apply.

Project Coordinator, Halton Black Voices
The Project Coordinator will play a crucial role in supporting the project’s execution, focusing on professional development, volunteer onboarding, and governance support. This position offers the opportunity to contribute to meaningful community development projects, working closely with a dedicated team in a flexible, hybrid work setting.

Visit the link for more details on how to apply.

Community Health Worker-Black Health Funding, East End Community Health Centre    
Deadline: Until filled

Visit the link for more details on how to apply.

Specialist, National Events-Toronto, Deloitte
Term: 12-month contract
Deadline: Until filled
Visit the link for more details on how to apply.

Manager, Housing Operations & Community Development (2024-136-HHS), WoodGreen Community Services
Deadline: Until filled

Visit the link for more details on how to apply.

Sexual and Gender Based Violence Response Advisor, George Brown College
Deadline: Until filled

Visit the link for more details on how to apply.

Stewardship Officer, Events, UHN Foundation
Deadline: Until filled
Visit the link for more details on how to apply.

Development Coordinator, SmartCentres
Deadline: Until filled

Visit the link for more details on how to apply.

Advisory Group Coordinator, Alzheimer Society of Canada

Deadline: Until filled
Visit the link for more details on how to apply.

Associate Director of Community Investment, Canadian Race Relations Foundation
Deadline: Until filled
Visit the link for more details on how to apply.

Policy Development Officer SDFA, City of Toronto
Deadline: Until filled
Visit the link for more details on how to apply.

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