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2020-2021 BOARD MEMBERS

Leo Campbell B.A

Chair

Leo H. Campbell is a community volunteer with experience in the areas of: Board Governance, Public Relations, Community Relations, Youth Development, Communications, Diversity, and Inclusion.  

He has Board and governance experience in the not-for profit sector, and currently serves as Chair on the Board of Directors of The Caribbean African Canadian Social (CAFCAN) Services. 

 He is a citizen appointed Member on the City of Mississauga Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (DIAC). The Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (DIAC) provides recommendations, advice and information to the Mayor, City Council and Senior Staff at the City of Mississauga. 

His volunteering includes time serving as the Executive Vice President of the Jamaican Canadian Association, the Board of Directors at Roots Community Services Inc. in Peel Region and Vice President of the Jamaica Diaspora Canada Foundation.  

He was an appointed Member to the Jamaican Diaspora Advisory Board (DAB).  The Jamaican Diaspora Advisory Board is an advisory body to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade with portfolio responsibility for Diaspora Affairs. The Advisory Board represents an important bridge between the Government of Jamaica and the Jamaican communities overseas. Leo has also worked in the Eastern Caribbean with the Government of Grenada. 

He served as a Director on the Board of the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA). He was appointed citizen Member to the Safe and Healthy Community Advisory Committee for the City of Kitchener. This advisory committee advises City Council and Staff on policies, programs and services that relate to inclusion and belonging. 

His past employment in the nonprofit sector included his work at the Brampton Neighbourhood Resource Centre (BNRC) providing support to newcomer children and their families/caregivers living in Brampton.  He later worked at Goodwill Industries assisting clients living with significant employment barriers.  

He has held membership with the Toronto Board of Trade and the Civic Action Leadership Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Network (ELN).   

Leo is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Presidents ‘Bridging the Gap’ award from the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Pre-Alumni Council and the President’s Award from the Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA). 

Leo is a graduate of Oakwood University in Alabama where he completed his B.A. degree. 

His philosophy is found in the words of Muhammad Ali, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. 

 

Francis Atta

Educated in Toronto (George Brown College, Ryerson University and University of Toronto) Atta received his Diploma (Child and Youth Worker), B. Social Work (Advanced Standing) and his Master of Social Work from the aforementioned schools respectively.

Francis is now a Mental Health Counsellor and has worked as a Children/Youth Worker for the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board and also as an Instructor at Seneca College, teaching students “Social Service Work”.

Francis has volunteered with among others the YMCA (Toronto), Boys and Girls Club of Toronto, National Ballet of Canada and Griffin Centre Mental Health Services.  Francis’ commitment to understanding the individual is evidenced by his commitment to learning about them.

Letna O Allen-Rowe O.D.

Secretary

Letna Allen-Rowe was born in Clarendon, Jamaica W.I. Ms. Letna is a Breast Cancer Survivor. She was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer in December 2011. Now she has been cancer free after a series of surgeries to complete the reconstruction process.

Ms. Letna is the author of the book: Ms. Letna vs Breast Cancer “Is it a Cure or Blessing?” She also does motivational speaking on “How to live your Life after Cancer Diagnosis” and “Uplifting the Black Soul: Black Women Be Brave”. She is the Founder and President of the Ms. Letna Healing Hope Inc. that she and her daughter, Yanique formed in 2012.

She has performed in the Jamaica’s National Pantomime and can also be see in the late Aston Cooke’s play Front Room alongside the great Oliver Samuels. She also played Mrs. Bonavich in the compelling Marcia Brown Production of “I NEED TO KNOW MY FATHER”, as well as several other Marcia Brown and Jones and Jones Productions. Ms. Letna also worked with Dr. Elaine Spencer-Brown, Kaleo Productions of Amazing Grace; Melody of Deception; A Letter to God; and the Mental Health series of Mental Health is the Church’s business. Ms. Letna is the winner of several Awards including Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award; Citation and recognition from the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, for Outstanding Community Work: Unsung Hero Award; Mother of The Year: Women Leading Women – Building Communities Award from the Province of Ontario, and 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women’s Award (100ABC Women) just to name a few. She is a recent recipient of the Order of Distinction in the rank of Officer from the Government of Jamaica for Outstanding Service to the Jamaican Diaspora in Canada for 2020.

Ms. Letna is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Malvern Free Methodist Church. The Treasurer for Clarendon College Alumni Association (Toronto Chapter), The chair and CEO of Ms. Letna Healing Hope Inc. She is also a current Board member of CAFCAN and a director and President designate of the Kiwanis Club of Toronto Caribbean.

Tiney Beckles

Tiney Beckles is a member of the JCAN Board of
Directors and has had a long and distinguished
 career in nursing and involvement in the
 governance of charities in the health sector.

Tiney
 worked at Sunny brook Medical Centre as a Staff
 Nurse for 25 years until she took early retirement in
 2012. She is also a Clinical Instructor in the School
 of Health Sciences at Humber College since 2006.
 Additionally, Tiney was a past president of the
 Sickle Cell Association of Ontario and was the key 
person to introduce Sickle Cell Disease as the “first of its kind educational program” to an educational institution, specifically Humber College.

Tiney is the proud mother of one son and enjoys travelling and reading. Tiney continues to provide mentorship for numerous young people interested in joining the medical profession and is pivotal in the development of a number of scholarship programs to enable their success. Her tireless commitment to building a stronger community for young people from marginalized communities is admired and respected.

Rehuda Jack-Caesar

Rehuda is a proud graduate of York University with a background in Communications and Sociology. Rehuda prides herself on being a voice for the Community in action and the printed word. Rehuda brings over 14 years of work experience in the not-for- profit sector; including Community Health Programs and Social Services.

She appreciates the unique nature of the not-for-profit sector and the importance of governance in setting the tone and laying the foundation for any organization’s sustainable future. Rehuda has put her background in communications to use by having served as Board Member/Secretary TAIBU Community Health Centre; Board Member at the AIDS Network (Toronto) and currently as Board Member/ Secretary at CAFCAN Social Services.

Having participated on TAIBU CHC’s Board of Directors in preparing for its first accreditation with the Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA), as well as the Team Lead on the CCA Preparation Working Group at Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre, Rehuda has a keen understanding of the Policy Governance Model, and the legislation that guides not-for-profits. Rehuda was involved with the Strategic Planning Process at both TAIBU CHC (board member) and Hamilton Urban Core CHC (staff member).

Rehuda played a key role in establishing the recently incorporated Hamilton Black Health Leaders Forum, a 14 member pan African leadership group.

Steve Singh

Treasurer

Singh graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce with an Accounting Major degree and has spent most of his career working in the financial markets of Toronto. Steve has worked with major Toronto & International firms including North American Life Insurance Co; and IBM CANADA where he was able to identify cost savings and increasing for example he achieved over one million in tax rebates for IBM and received awarded the President’s Award for Excellence.

Steve is an asset as knowing how to distribute finances and save responsibly is part of building and developing a solid team.