Live on March 27
6:30-8:00pm

Throughout the month of February, CBC Black Changemakers highlighted some of the most inspirational Black individuals making a positive difference in Quebec in celebration of Black History Month.

DESTA is excited to amplify those voices with our 2nd edition of DestaBx- Black Experience, Changemakers Edition which will be live-streamed on Facebook on March 27, 2021 in partnership with CBC Montreal.

2021/03/27 18:30:00

Live on March 27 | 6:30-8:00pm

DESTA is excited to amplify those voices with our 2nd edition of DestaBx- Black Experience, Changemakers Edition which will be live-streamed on Facebook on March 27, 2021 in partnership with CBC Montreal.

2021/03/27 18:30:00

HOST

Catherine Verdon-Diamond

Weather reporter for CBC News at 6 and 11 and the host of Our Montreal

Catherine Verdon-Diamond is the weather reporter for CBC News at 6 and 11 and the host of Our Montreal. Catherine was adopted by white French speaking parents at just 7 months old and grew up in both Egypt and Israel, thanks to her father’s aerospace engineering job.

Her big break in television came in 2012 when she took over weather duties for CBC Montreal’s 11 o’clock newscast. Verdon-Diamond then spent 6 years on Citytv’s Breakfast Television Montreal where, in addition to the weather, she also produced and hosted her own “Mom Talk” segments and was Citytv’s Live Eye Reporter.

On top of being on television, Catherine hosts numerous galas and charity events, from Children’s Hospital Foundations to the Israel Day Rally, making her a sought-after host in Canada. She is the 2018 Gala Dynastie winner for anglophone TV Personality of the year.
Catherine proudly represents her community as one of few Black female voices in both French and English media in Quebec.

PANELISTS

Webster

Hip-Hop Artist and Speaker

Aly Ndiaye, aka Webster, is a veteran of the Quebec hip-hop scene. Active since 1995, he now travels the world through his concerts, writing workshops and lectures. Passionate about history, the rapper from Limoilou is particularly interested in slavery and the presence of people of African descent in Quebec and Canada since the time of New France.

Webster is the author of a hip-hop writing manual, À l’Ombre des Feuilles (Québec Amérique, 2019), and a children’s book about Olivier Le Jeune, the first African slave in Canada, Le Grain de Sable (Septentrion, 2019). In 2019, he was the curator of the Fugitives! exhibition at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec about resistance to slavery through flight. He also has put together the Qc History X tours, guided tours of the Old Quebec about slavery and the presence of people of African descent.

Crédit: David Cannon

Sabrina Jafralie

PhD, Educator, Consultant, Co-Founder and Activist

Dr. Sabrina Jafralie has led an impressive career as a secondary school teacher and a university course lecturer in her 20 years working in both the United Kingdom and in Canada. Her research includes teacher education, curriculum design, religious literacy and purposeful dialogue. Jafralie received her Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Concordia University and a Ph.D. in Teacher Education from McGill University in 2017.

In 2018, Jafralie received the certificate of achievement for the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Jafralie’s recent academic work has explored the link between curriculum design to include religious literacy, anti-racism, and purposeful dialogue. In addition to her teaching and research, Jafralie does substantial activism. For her activism, this year she was awarded with the Activist of Year by ByBlack.com.

Crédit: Naskademini

Balarama Holness

Founder of Montréal en Action, Public Speaker and McGill Law B.C.L / J.D

Originally from Montreal, Balarama Holness is a social entrepreneur, and a former professional football player for the Montreal Alouettes with whom he won the Gray Cup in 2010. With education as his source of empowerment, Balarama obtained five degrees, including a Master of Education from the University of New Brunswick, and a Juris Doctor (JD) and Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) from the University of McGill. In 2017 he founded Montréal en action, a not-for-profit organization that promotes education and civic engagement to advance solutions to pressing societal issues related to justice, inclusion and diversity. In 2018, Balarama successfully petitioned the city of Montreal to hold a public consultation on systemic racism and discrimination, in which he mobilized over 22 000 Montrealers. In 2020, he was featured in the New York Times and was the focus of a CTV documentary for the program W5 that explored his journey and mission to tackle injustice through collective empowerment, law and democracy.

Crédit: Naskademini

Nancy Falaise

Founder of Salon Académie Nancy Falaise

Nancy Falaise is a hair salon, an academy, and a line of hair products, but most importantly Nancy is a woman who has been working for curly and wavy hair from North America to Europe for almost 25 years. Indeed, after recovering from breast cancer, Nancy rediscovered her curls after losing them as a result of treatment. It is through accepting them and learning to love them naturally that her life mission took shape.

Her mission: To offer to all people with textured hair (from curly to coily to wavy), services, training, advice and products that enhance natural beauty to its full potential. 

To this end, as a professional, Nancy offers three components: 

Nancy Falaise Hair Salon: Since 2017, Nancy and her team have been welcoming and accompanying all women and men with curly, coily and wavy hair in a warm and welcoming space offering haircuts, styling and coloring that respect every hair type.

The Nancy Falaise Academy: As surprising as it may seem, hairdressing schools in Quebec do not include cutting and styling textured hair in their basic curriculum. This is why Nancy offers specialized training to professionals to make up for this lack noted by clients and professionals alike.

A petition has been launched for the Ministry of Education to include 3C and 4C curly hair education in Quebec beauty schools.

Nancy Falaise lines of hair and makeup products:  It is in an effort to meet the very specific needs of her clientele and professionals that Nancy offers products with natural, Canadian-made, specialized formulas for curly hair at any stage of life as well as makeup for darker to lighter complexions.

Crédit: JF Lechasseur

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See the Facebook live event
March 27 | 6:30-8:00 pm

DESTA will be recording DESTA BX for possible inclusion in CBC television programs, Corporate documents, web pages, etc.
If you do not wish to be recorded, please leave your camera and microphones off at all times during the discussion.
By remaining in the Community Conversation with your camera and microphone on, you are giving DESTA your consent to record your picture, likeness, voice and statements.