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2020-2021 BOARD MEMBERS

Leo Campbell

Chair

Leo H. Campbell believes in the words of Mahatma Gandhi “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”  He has served on numerous not-for-profit boards, and as the former Executive Vice President, Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA, is the largest and oldest African, Caribbean, Black formally social service agency in Canada).

He served as the Director-at-Large and Chair, the Business and Wealth Creation Committee (with previous responsibility for Young Professionals portfolio) on the Board of Directors, Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) founded in 1983. In conjunction with non-profit organizations, local businesses, banking sector and professional athletes, Leo Campbell led the formation of the BBPA Young Professionals Wealth Creation 101 Mobile Series. This mobile workshop initiative was strategically created to allow a deeper reach into the Greater Toronto Area communities and by extension to provide resources, education, best practices, and networking opportunities which would ultimately enable entrepreneurship success.

Campbell is a former Vice President, Jamaica Diaspora Canada Foundation (JDCF) and was the Future Leaders Director for the (JDCF). The Jamaican Diaspora Canada Foundation (JDCF), in partnership with the Jamaican Government, outreaches to Jamaicans living in Canada.  In 2009, he was part of the planning team for the Inaugural Global Future Leaders Diaspora Conference that was conceived by the Future Leader Representatives for Canada and the UK. It was supported by University of the West Indies, Kingston Jamaica, the private sector, and the Government of Jamaica. The inaugural Future Leaders Conference aimed to attract over 400 young people including 100 young people from the USA, Canada, and UK for the inaugural event.  Campbell was privileged to have led the Canadian delegation of over 50 highly skilled first, second and third generation Jamaican Canadian young people to Jamaica under the official invitation of the Government of Jamaica.

Leo’s participation in the international community included his appointment by the Government of Jamaica, as Canada’s Representative, Diaspora Advisory Board, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Diaspora Affairs, Government of Jamaica (2012 -2018).  The Diaspora Advisory Board advises the Government of Jamaica, through the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade and the Minister of Diaspora Affairs. In (2009 -2012) Leo was appointed the first Future Leaders Representative to represent young people from Canada, US and UK to sit on the Advisory Board, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Diaspora Affairs, Government of Jamaica.

Campbell is familiar with the work of social services and was employed as a Career Development Specialist & Job Coach, with Goodwill Industries. It was a privilege for Leo to work with and assist clients living with significant employment barriers, and others participating in brief work assessments. As a Job Coach Leo provided clients individualized job coaching for skill development, self discovery, goal setting, and action plan development. Leo was also employed as a Coordinator, Embracing Roots, YOUTH HOST, Newcomer & Settlement program, Brampton Neighborhood Resource Centre. In this capacity he facilitated social services support to newcomer children and their families/caregivers living in Brampton.

An individual who believes that youth are being short-changed and marginalized in this society, Leo conceived “the Young, Black & Gifted”, Toronto Black History event, an annual black history awards program which showcases inspires black youth enterprise, provides networking and a platform for new artistic talent, and celebrates the GTA’s finest young rising stars in our communities.

Leo has held membership on the following organizations 100 Black Men of America, the United Negro College Fund Pre-Alumni Council, The Young Leaders Council, United Way of Peel Region, CivicAction’s Emerging Leaders Network, and the Toronto Board of Trade.

Currently, Leo volunteers on the Board of a social services agency in Peel Region and is an appointed member of a municipal advisory committee. Campbell holds a BA degree in Communications and is a proud graduate of a Historically Black College & University (HBCU), USA.

Leo has received several awards some include the Presidents “Bridging the Gap” Award, United Negro College Fund, and the President’s Award (JCA). Leo worked formerly as an Adjudicator and is currently Case Manager.

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.

Tiney Beckles

Tiney 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 where she worked at Sunnybrook Medical Centre as a Staff Nurse for 25 years until she took early retirement in 2012.

Additionally, Tiney a former President of the Sickle Cell Association of Ontario was the key person to introduce Sickle Cell Disease as the “first of its kind educational program” to an educational institution and specifically Humber College.

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

Tiney is the proud mother of one son and enjoys traveling and reading. Since 2006 has been a Clinical Instructor in the School of Health Sciences at Humber College.

Kamala Jean Gopie

Kamala Jean is a retired educator.   She taught with the North York Board of Education and was an Education Officer with the Ministry of Education in the Anti-racism and Ethnocultural Equity Branch.  From 1998 – 2006 she served as a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board where she made refugee determinations and from 2006-2008 was a part-time Ontario Human Rights Commissioner.

Kamala Jean was the first female President of the JCA (Jamaican Canadian Association) , an organization with which she has been involved and supported since 1975.  She has served on the board of several organizations and institutions including United Way Toronto (Vice Chair), Governing Council Uof T, Ontario Trillium Foundation, National Ballet of Canada, Urban Alliance on Race Relations and Obsidian Theatre.  She currently sits on the boards of Unity Health Toronto and Tarragon Theatre.   

Kamala Jean is committed to giving back and so supports many causes and organizations in Canada and abroad. Her current passion is a project she established in a poor rural village in Malawi to provide early childhood education for over 120 children, upgrading for school dropouts, English literacy as well as a Health Centre.

Letna Allen-Rowe O.D

Letna is a past student of Clarendon College, the Edna Manley College for the Performing Arts (Jamaica), The National Institute of Broadcasting, York University (Toronto) and the Travel Training College of Canada.  Allen-Rowe is a thespian and a connoisseur of the Arts in all forms, whether it is dancing, singing, miming, poetry, acting or Master of Ceremonies.

Letna offers Caribbean cultural workshops to schools and is the author: Ms. Letna vs Breast Cancer “Is it a Cure or Blessing?” She speaks on topics such as a “How to live your Life after Cancer Diagnosis” and “Uplifting the Black Soul: Black Women Be Brave”.

Letna is a Prayer Warrior, is a woman of deep faith and compassion. and is a member of Malvern Methodist Church in Scarborough, Ontario, the

The winner of several Awards including Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award, Unsung Hero Award, Leading Women – Building Communities Award from the Province of Ontario, the 100 ABC Women Award and Jamaica’s  Order of Distinction (O.D).

Letna is a strong community advocate who is passionate about Diversity, Inclusiveness and Equity in the Community.

Rehuda Jack-Caesar

Rehuda is a graduate of York University and hold B.A.s in Sociology and Communication.  She exhibited leadership as a writer in developing the Rexdale Community Health Centre newsletter, coordinated the launch of Pathways to Education and in providing support and information to program participants and their families.  She also wrote featured articles and reports for Community News Network (RCNN) on behalf of Pathways to Education as well as Rexdale CHC.

Rehuda prides herself in being a Voice for the community in action and in printed word. Her involvement as an advocate stems as far back as 2004 where she volunteered with the TAIBU Community Health Centre as a Board Member/Secretary.  She also served as a Board Member with the AIDS Network (Toronto).

Rehuda’s  experience also includes her work with Health Programs.  She launched the Income Tax Clinic at the Hamilton Urban Core CHC where she also supervised volunteers and student placements.

Steve Singh

Treasurer

Singh graduated with a B.Com 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 in every organization as knowing how to distribute finances and save responsibly is part of building and developing a solid team