Candidates - Canada Region

Yvette is currently one of the two Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board-JDAB representatives for Canada. Her astuteness, articulation, collaboration and sound judgement lends to advising the Jamaican government on matters relevant and germane to Canadian-Jamaicans and vice versa.


She has been an ardent champion of Jamaican citizens in the diaspora and their numerous issues, concerns and challenges. Her steadfast affection and political acumen for her motherland spans decades and is readily evidenced and actioned through her Executive positions and involvement with the National Alliance of Jamaicans and Supportive Organizations, the WWIA –Windsor West Indian Association, Jamaica Diaspora Foundation, Jamaican Canadian Association-JCA and numerous Boards, task forces and committee.


Throughout the years and tenure, Ms. Blackburn has demonstrated competencies in: partnering with Toronto Police Service, Toronto District School Board and York Regional Polices Services along with former Calgary Chief, Devon Clunis to undertake humanitarian work in refurbishing two Primary school (Kingston & St. Anne’s) libraries. In addition, teamed up with the Carpenters Union and Food For the Poor to build a basic school in Falmouth . Liaising with the Jamaican Liaison Services to aid farmer workers and addressing issues affecting their work and living conditions in Canada. She has aided numerous fundraisers and charity work that send school supplies, resources, teacher mentor training, etc., to Jamaica.


Through her extensive work in Education, Race Relations, social justice, politics, and labour relations, Ms. Blackburn has made her mark as an astute leader, strong political advocate, and effective community activism. Yvette has sound knowledge and application in strategic organizational change, Equity and Education. A very forward thinking individual who does not sit in indifference when wrongs are being committed. Even in the face of adversity, she champions the rights of citizens, believes in the principles of fairness, and the public voice.


Nailah’s multifaceted approach to making visions a reality creates value to all stakeholders through sound strategic development. She intuitively offers trustworthy advice that innovatively solves complex issues while promoting a sense of cultural inclusiveness. 

By living in both Canada and Jamaica, Nailah possesses a well-rounded awareness of issues facing the Jamaican Diaspora in Canada (“the Diaspora”). This heightened sensitivity, guided by principles of integrity and fairness, enables her to holistically assess situations, prioritize and effectively address the Diaspora’s needs by empowering others to broaden their thinking and inspire action. 

As an Attorney-at-Law admitted to practice law in both Ontario, Canada and Jamaica, Nailah is fluent in interpreting and applying rules and regulations to advance issues of advocacy within governance frameworks to socially and economically advance the Diaspora’s well-being. 

Nailah recently obtained a Legal Education Certificate from the Norman Manley Law School at the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus), holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor, and a Honors Commerce Degree with a Minor in Economics from McMaster University (“McMaster”). She fearlessly represented McMaster and Canada as a student during a Business Exchange Program at the Manchester School of Business and eventually GraceKennedy Limited, during the Birthright Program in 2008 and serving its Legal Department and Group Secretariat in 2018. 

As a community steward, Nailah is always willing to serve. She is passionate about youth issues and is an active mentor and public speaker on interdisciplinary topics. She has served as an Executive member on several associations including the Black Law Students Association and as President of the African Caribbean Association at McMaster, ultimately earning her a seat at the table wherever she serves.


My  name  is Michael Farquharson. I am a husband, father, volunteer, community advocate and I work as a transportation professional. I am  married to my wife Denise for the past twenty-one years and we have three children.


I attended the St. Andrew Technical High School (STATHS), where I studied mechanical engineering. I was the Deputy Head Boy, Cadet Sergeant, Vice President of the Maths Club and Student Council Representative. I was successful in eight CXC subjects and one year after completing high school I was awarded a full scholarship to attend Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin, USA.


I have worked at Fedex Ground for the past fifteen years at different levels of the company.

In 2018, I was nominated to run for City Council for Brampton, Wards 9 and 10 due to my work in the community as a volunteer, soccer coach to at risk youth and Board member (Director) at my local Church. In the Municipal elections of 2018, I placed second at the polls out of seven candidates, with almost 5,00 votes. Subsequently, I have been invited to join the Afro-Caribbean Conservative Canadians  Network as a Director due to my work in the Afro-Caribbean Community


Currently, I am a Child and Youth Worker (CYC-P) Itinerant Prevention for Learning Centre 1 to provide consultation around Positive Behaviour Supports and Equity; Classroom Management and Professional Learning for staff, students and parents.  This involves facilitating conversation with equity seeking groups, planning and evaluation of programs includes data collection/evaluation and the maintenance of effective network for student achievement. In addition, I facilitate daily life events and solution-typed focused, collaborative problem solving counselling service to staff and students.


Previously, Coordinator of Student Success Program I am responsible for facilitating the development of career, educational, and life competencies for individuals through programme and services that guide successful transitions, foster citizenship, promotes leadership opportunities, encourage personal growth, deliver career resources and ignite active engagement. This involves supervising the day-to-day operation of Student Success Centre, which involves addressing human resources issues, leading school development opportunities, scheduling, student staffing, attendance, program operations, mediation and community involvement. This involves the responsibility of the all-administrative functions; monitoring, gathering data and forecast, budgeting, crisis and behavior management, assessments and reports while liaising with community partners in Education.


Furthermore, I have experience leading community outreach initiatives through Toronto Police 23 Division that is measured through analysis and collection of data, which helped to ensure the effectiveness of the program and community involvement.   In addition, I have demonstrated solid financial management by overseeing the budget for a school’s nutrition program.  In addition, I am currently the Financial Officer/Treasurer for a condominium corporation with a budget of over $2.5 million dollars.  In those positions, I prepare and report on the budget, approve invoices and disburse payments for services rendered.  Rounding out my experience, I am an elected Treasurer for the Union - OSSTF Professional Student Support Personnel representing over 800 full-time staffs; with in-depth knowledge, crisis emergency management, and adhering to collective agreements, labor legislations and regulations i.e. Education Act, OHSA, OW, and ODSP. In addition, I have over 12 years of experience supervising and leading in the Social Service, Education, and Mental Health Sector.


Finally, I am poised to make the solid transition into working in a senior/supervisory role. My background working in education, community development, crisis management, staff development and mental health has provided me with the expertise and insightful perspective needed for the position. I look forward to meeting you to further discuss my qualifications.


My name is Mark Henry and I was born in in Kingston, Jamaica in 1968. I attended Rolling Town Primary I was awarded a free entrance to Camperdown High School where I studied business. I migrated to Montreal, Canada at the age of 16 in 1986 where I completed my High School studies. I continued my pursuit of a Business career at Vanier College where I received a Diploma in Business Studies and completed my education with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce at the University of Concordia in Montreal. During my search for full time employment in my field of studies, I acquired a licence as a Real Estate agent which I practiced for 7 years and transitioned to a current part time career as a Certified Financial Advisor. I have also worked concurrently in the Material Handling and Supply Chain industry for the last 20 years and am currently the Regional Sales and Service Manager for Quebec and Eastern Ontario. I am currently the Vice President the Jamaica Association of Montreal. I enjoy regular trips to Jamaica, singing gospel music and am an ordained Minister at the Ebenezer Tabernacle Church. 


Jared holds an Associate Degree in Business Administration, and is pursuing his Bachelor’s in Business Administration, with a specialization in Leadership and Management. He is the founder and past president of the Afro-Caribbean Club at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. He serves as the Ex-Officio for the club, giving advice on executing club meetings and events. Before Jared attended T.W.U., he attended the University College of the Cayman Islands. He attended John Gray High School; where he was a cadet and rose to the rank of Sergeant and subsequently, Cadet Under Officer. While at JGHS he served as Deputy Head Boy, Peer Counselor, and Prefect, and was a member of the Key Club. Upon graduating, he received the Leadership and Community Service award. At U.C.C.I., he participated and served as an opposition member in the Cayman Islands Youth Parliament, achieving best debater. The following year, Jared successfully vied for the Speakership of the youth parliament. Subsequent to that, he represented the Cayman Islands in the 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament in British Columbia, as the Foreign Policy Critic for the opposition. Jared is an enthusiastic person who is particularly interested in promoting and extending the rights and privileges of the Jamaican diaspora in Jamaica.



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