The Hon. Jean Augustine in the News:

The following are some recent news articles on Jean Augustine, her work, or various causes and initiatives in her name.

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Date: February 25, 2021

Media Release – Jean Augustine – Bridge for Change:

$203,330 Raised in 25 Days for The Jean Augustine Chair The 25K in 25 Days Fundraiser Exceeds Its Goal Thanks to the Community, Accenture Canada, Wes Hall and York University

February 25th, 2021 (Toronto, ON) – The Honourable Jean Augustine put the call out on February 1st to the community to match a generous donation of $25,000 by Accenture Canada in support of the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora at York University and they answered the call and surpassed it! $26 665 was donated in 25 days and with Accenture matching it, more than $50,000 has been raised. “This is a proud moment for me – especially because we did this in Black History Month,” says Dr. Augustine. “The community and our corporate allies stepped up and their investment in the Chair will improve the education and the lives of Black students and their families.”

An additional generous donation of $50,000 was made by the Wes and Christine Hall Family Foundation bringing the community donations to $101,655. York University committed to matching community donations dollar for dollar up to $1 million when the Chair fundraising was launched over a decade ago, which means the grand total raised is $203,330.
Wes Hall is the Executive Chair and Founder of Kingsdale Advisors and challenged others with the means to meet or better his $50,000 contribution.

“On behalf of my family, we are proud to be able to contribute to funding that supports the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora at York University. Dr. Augustine has been a true trailblazer and instrumental in creating positive change for Black Canadians,” said Hall, who is also the Chair of the Black North Initiative. “It is an honour to be part of this initiative to further advance the education and the lives of Black students and the overall enrichment of our community.”

At the age of 83, Dr. Augustine has raised $1.8 million in community donations matched by York University for the endowment of the Chair. A total of $3 million is needed for it to continue in perpetuity. Accenture Canada is the first corporation to join Dr. Augustine with a significant contribution, and she is hoping that other allies will help her reach the $3 million goal.

“Diversity makes us stronger, smarter and more innovative, and that’s why Accenture is honoured to support Dr. Augustine – an inspirational force who continues to make an immense impact on the lives and education of Black and other racialized Canadians through research, policies and programs,” said Jeffrey Russell, president of Accenture in Canada.
This month’s $25,000 challenge was impactful as this is the 25th anniversary of Black History Month becoming officially recognized by the Canadian government. A motion that was single-handedly pushed by Dr. Augustine and received unanimous consent in the House of Commons.

The Jean Augustine Chair is one of only two university endowed Canadian Chairs dedicated to research and knowledge mobilization efforts in Black and other racialized communities. In recent years it has become an important research hub accessible to community agencies to actively inform policies and programs across Canada.

To learn more or support the future of The Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora visit – https://www.jacendowmentfund.ca

Media Contact: Fennella Bruce | FKB Media Solutions | Fennella@FKBMedia.com

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Date: February 1, 2021 — MEDIA RELEASE

To learn more or support the future of The Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora visit – https://www.jacendowmentfund.ca/ Follow the 25 Days of Jean on Instagram

Contact: Spencer Sweeney | FKB Media Solutions | Spencer@FKBMedia.com

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Date: December 4, 2020

Announcement: In lieu of the Hon. Jean Augustine’s Status of Women Commission event on December 7th, we are excited to share Ms. Augustine’s full audio speech on the Commission on the Status of Women (40 year anniversary).

To listen to Ms. Augustine’s full speech, please stream below:

The Hon. Jean Augustine with medals; The Order of Canada, The Order of Ontario, Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Photographed December 2, 2020, Toronto.

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Date: October 25, 2020

In the News: Mayor Bevilacqua presents Jean Augustine with the Key to the City of Vaughan.

Watch the full presentation below:

Jean Augustine Complex and Jean Augustine District Park named in her honour

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Date: July 8, 2020

In the News: Spice Island Cultural Day Association of Quebec celebrates Grenada with a Summer Virtual Festival; July 11, 2020 from 1pm-9pm.

A showcase of young entrepreneurs in the Diaspora will be facilitated by Honorable Dr. Jean Augustine, Canadian politician and community leader.

For more information please click on the link below:
https://themontrealeronline.com/2020/07/montreal-spice-island-cultural-festival-july-11-2020/

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Date: June 26, 2020

Announcement: City of Vaughan Mayor, Maurizio Bevilacqua, to present the Hon. Jean Augustine with Key to the City.

To read the official press release please click on the link below:
https://www.vaughan.ca/news/Pages/Mayor-Bevilacqua-to-present-Jean-Augustine-with-Key-to-the-City.aspx

The Honourable Jean Augustine with Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua at the City of Vaughan’s International Women’s Day event in 2014.

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Date: May 7, 2020

In the News: The Hon. Jean Augustine comments in TVO article “‘Our young people are struggling’: Supporting youth in need during COVID-19”

To read the TVO article please click on the link below:
https://www.tvo.org/article/our-young-people-are-struggling-supporting-youth-in-need-during-covid-19

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Weston Frontlines Centre getting breakfast ready for distribution to youth.  (facebook.com/frontlines.to)

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Date: May 1, 2020

In the News: Toronto.com – “GoFundMe campaign launched to save Etobicoke’s Jean Augustine Centre”

The Jean Augustine Centre has been providing after-school programming to girls in Toronto’s South Etobicoke area since 2014.

To read the Toronto.com article please click on the link below:
https://www.toronto.com/news-story/9966482-gofundme-campaign-launched-to-save-etobicoke-s-jean-augustine-centre/

To Donate to the GoFundMe campaign, please visit the link below – your support is truly appreciated:
https://www.gofundme.com/f/jean-augustine-centre-fundraiser

Deyjen Tulotsang, 13, attends art class at the Jean Augustine Centre. Torstar file photo

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Date: March 5, 2020

In the News: Mississauga.com – “CACD Black History Month celebration 2020”

To read the Mississauga.com article please click on the link below:
https://www.mississauga.com/community-story/9876324-cacd-black-history-month-celebration-2020/

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From left, Cllr. Ron Starr; Mr. Peter Joshua (PeelSB); Hon Dr. Jean Augustine, Ron Cunningham; Deputy Chief Marc Andrews; Ms. Rosemary Sadlier; Ms. Harriet Thornhill, VP RBC; and Rev. Vernal Savage – Grace Lim photo

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Date: February 27, 2020

In the News: Ontario.ca – “The 2018 Appointees to the Order of Ontario.”

“The first Black woman elected to the House of Commons, Hon. Jean Augustine served as MP and Cabinet Minister from 1993 to 2006. She has contributed to Canada’s official multiculturalism policy and the Metro Toronto Anti-Drug Strategy, and served on boards in the areas of education, health care, and housing.”

To read the full Ontario.ca article please click on the link below:
https://news.ontario.ca/mtc/en/2020/02/the-2018-appointees-to-the-order-of-ontario.html

Hon. Jean Augustine

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Date: February 25, 2020

In the News: Guelphtoday.com – “Jean Augustine tells U of G gathering how she got February declared Black History Month”

To read the Guelphtoday.ca article please click on the link below:
https://www.guelphtoday.com/local-news/jean-augustine-tells-u-of-g-gathering-how-she-got-february-declared-black-history-month-2118610

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Jean Augustine, speaking at the University of Guelph Tuesday, holds a copy of the House of Commons debate page from the day she tabled a motion to have February declared Black History Month in 1997. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday

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Date: February 8, 2020

In the News: CBC Radio – “Retired MP overcame hurdles to secure Black History Month designation”

To read and listen to the CBC segment please click on the link below:
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thehouse/chris-hall-was-ottawa-right-to-quarantine-canadians-evacuated-from-wuhan-1.5454763/retired-mp-overcame-hurdles-to-secure-black-history-month-designation-1.5454782

Retired Liberal MP Jean Augustine’s campaign to designate Black History Month in Canada in 1995 came just two years after the Grenada-born Augustine became the first African-Canadian woman elected to Parliament. (Source: jeanaugustine.ca)

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Date: January 31, 2020

In the News: National Union of General and Public Employees – “Black History Month 2020”

To read the NUGPE article please click on the link below:
https://nupge.ca/content/black-history-month-2020

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Date: January 30, 2020

In the News: NewmarketToday.ca – “York police proud to celebrate 24 years of Black History Month”

To read the NewmarketToday.ca article please click on the link below:
https://www.newmarkettoday.ca/police-beat/york-police-proud-to-celebrate-24-years-of-black-history-month-2057423

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George St. Kitts returns as a featured performer at the York Regional Police Black History Month celebration Saturday, Feb. 1. Greg King for Newmarket Today

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Date: December 10, 2019

In the News: TVO.org – “The big endorsement, Part 5: Mitzie Hunter”

To read the Steve Paikin article, please click on the link below:
https://www.tvo.org/article/the-big-endorsement-part-5-mitzie-hunter

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Mitzie Hunter (left) is one of six candidates for the Liberal leadership; in 1993, Jean Augustine (right) became the first Black woman elected to the House of Commons. (Christ Young/CP, Paul Chiasson/CP)

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Date: November 20, 2019

In the News: “Women’s Executive Network Selects Jean Augustine as 2019 Accenture Inclusion Vanguard Award Winner”

To read the Women’s Executive Network article, please click on the link below:
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/women-s-executive-network-selects-jean-augustine-as-2019-accenture-inclusion-vanguard-award-winner-839393967.html

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Date: November 20, 2019

In the News: Financial Post – “Inclusion Vanguard Award”

To read the Financial Post article, please click on the link below:
https://business.financialpost.com/executive/executive-women/inclusion-vanguard-award-2

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Date: November 7, 2019

In the News: “Canadian Ethnic Media Association 41st Annual Awards Gala November 15, 2019”

To read the CEMA’s article, please click on the link below:
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/canadian-ethnic-media-association-41st-annual-awards-gala-november-15-2019-880262900.html

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Date: June 11, 2019

In the News: Vaughan.ca – “Mayor Bevilacqua meets with Hon. Jean Augustine”

To read the Vaughan.ca article, please click on the link below:
https://www.vaughan.ca/news/Pages/Mayor-Bevilacqua-meets-with-Hon-Jean-Augustine.aspx

Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua alongside Hon. Jean Augustine.

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Date: February 28, 2019

In the News: Fort McMurrary Today – “Gallery: Fort McMurray celebrates Black History Month”

To read the Fort McMurrary article, please click on the link below:
https://www.fortmcmurraytoday.com/news/local-news/gallery-fort-mcmurray-celebrates-black-history-month

A local student meets former MP Jean Augustine, who successfully lobbied for parliament to adopt February as Black History Month, at the Black History Month gala at Shell Place on Friday, February 22, 2019. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network

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Date: February 27, 2019

In the News: Ottawa Citizen – “Molepo: Ottawa school boards must do more to teach Black history”

To read the Ottawa Citizen article, please click on the link below:
https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/molepo-ottawa-school-boards-must-do-more-to-teach-black-history

Liberal MP Jean Augustine celebrates her re-election victory in her Etobicoke-Lakeshore riding last night after scoring the votes of immigrants in the area.n/a
Liberal MP Jean Augustine celebrates her re-election victory in 2004 in her Etobicoke-Lakeshore riding. She was first elected as an MP in 1993. / SunMedia

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Date: February 7, 2019

In the News: Toronto.com – “Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment now a charity”

To read the Toronto.com article, please click on the link below:
https://www.toronto.com/news-story/9151914-jean-augustine-centre-for-young-women-s-empowerment-now-a-charity/

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Jean Augustine is the co-founder of the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment. The centre recently received federal charitable status. – Metroland staff photo

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Date: February 4, 2019

In the News: Nunatsiaq News – “Jean Augustine kicks off Black History Month in Iqaluit”

To read the Nunatsiaq News article, please click on the link below:
https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/jean-augustine-kicks-off-black-history-month-in-iqaluit/

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Jean Augustine, the first black woman elected to the House of Commons, spoke in Iqaluit on Friday night to kick off Black History Month in Canada. (Photo by Courtney Edgar)

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Date: February 1, 2019

In the News: CBC News – “5 Black-Canadian leaders who inspired a generation.”

To read the CBC article, please click on the link below:
https://www.cbc.ca/cbcdocspov/m_features/5-black-canadian-leaders-who-inspired-a-generation

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Date: September 25, 2018

In the News: Simon Fraser University News – “Keeping the spirit of Gandhi alive: Jean Augustine to receive Thakore Visiting Scholar Award”

To read the Simon Fraser University article, please click on the link below:
https://www.sfu.ca/sfunews/stories/2018/09/human-rights-advocate-jean-augustine-thakore-visiting-scholar.html

Human rights advocate Jean Augustine will receive the Thakore Visiting Scholar Award.

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Date: August 17, 2018

In the News: Unifor – “Hon. Jean Augustine presented with Unifor’s Nelson Mandela Award”

To read the Unifor article, please click on the link below:
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/hon-jean-augustine-presented-with-unifors-nelson-mandela-award-691133361.html

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Date: June 1, 2017

In the News: Brampton Guardian News- “Jean Augustine Secondary School — JASS”

To read the Brampton Guardian article, please click on the link below:
https://www.bramptonguardian.com/opinion-story/7348111-jean-augustine-secondary-school-jass/

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Date: February 17, 2017

In the News: Brampton Guardian News- “Jean Augustine Secondary School meets the real Jean Augustine”

To read the Brampton Guardian article, please click on the link below:
https://www.bramptonguardian.com/news-story/7146665-jean-augustine-secondary-school-meets-the-real-jean-augustine/

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Wednesday morning, Jean Augustine, the first black female MP and cabinet minister in Canadian history, visited the new secondary school named in her honour. Teacher Kojo Millington can’t resist a selfie. Feb 15, 2017. – Rob Beintema/Metroland

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Date: February 1, 2017

In the News: The Oshawa Express – “Region launches Black History Month celebrations”

To read The Oshawa Express article, please click on the link below:
https://oshawaexpress.ca/region-launches-black-history-month-celebrations/

Jean Augustine, the driving force behind bringing Black History Month to Canada, joins Chief Paul Martin and Deputy Chief Chris Fernandes in front of a new DRPS cruiser honouring the accomplishments of black people in Canada and abroad, one of whom is Augustine herself. Augustine is one of six people featured on the vehicle.
Jean Augustine, the driving force behind bringing Black History Month to Canada, joins Chief Paul Martin and Deputy Chief Chris Fernandes in front of a new DRPS cruiser honouring the accomplishments of black people in Canada and abroad, one of whom is Augustine herself. Augustine is one of six people featured on the vehicle.

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Date: January 26, 2016

Announcement: CBC News – “Former politician Jean Augustine gets Brampton school named after her”

To read the CBC article, please click on the link below:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/jean-augustine-peel-1.3421426

Peel District School Board’s newest secondary school is the first in the world to be named for Canadian social justice advocate and politician Jean Augustine. (Office of Ontario’s Fairness Commissioner)