Black Excellence Discussion Series: Opening Doors for Others

Black Excellence Discussion Series: Opening Doors for Others
Posted on 05/18/2021
Black Excellence Discussion Series: Opening Doors for Others

What does Black Excellence mean? How can we work together as a community so that African, Black, African-Caribbean (ABC) students can envision and feel empowered to reach their goals and achieve their full potential?

The OCDSB will be hosting a four-part discussion series focusing on the topic of Black Excellence. The discussions are intended for all parents, secondary students and staff.

These sessions will be livestreamed over YouTube and students, parents and staff are encouraged to share questions in advance to influence the discussion.

Session #2: Opening Doors for Others

Topic: For session #2 of the OCDSB Black Excellence Discussion Series, we invite four professionals to share their experiences and offer career advice for students. 

Date: Tuesday, May 18 from 7:00-8:00 pm

Format: Panel discussion livestreamed over YouTube

Livestream link: YouTube


Introductions: Camille Williams-Taylor, OCDSB Director of Education

Moderator: Jacqueline Lawrence, OCDSB Diversity and Equity Coordinator


  • Dominique Dennery,  coach, facilitator, and management consultant
  • Dr. Joy Harewood, Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging and Associate Clinical Professor at SUNY College of Optometry (former OCDSB student)
  • Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, a critical care and palliative care physician at The Ottawa Hospital
  • Faisa Omer, Mental Health Counsellor (former OCDSB student)

Share Your Questions or Topics of Discussion

Members of the community are encouraged to share questions or proposed topics of discussion for the panel ahead of the event through the following Google Form.

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