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Care Leadership Development Alliance (CLDA)

Brothers Who Care (BwC) in collaboration with: TAIBU, Black Business Initiative, EQ Bank, Hear 2 Help (H2H), and Helping Neighbourhoods Implement Change (HNIC) presents the Care Leadership Alliance (CLDA) Retreat, a leadership retreat designed specifically for Black Men.

Men's Retreat

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A Leadership Retreat Designed Specifically for Black Men

Welcome to the Black Men leadership retreat! We are excited to present you with a culturally responsive and uplifting experience. Our retreat is designed to bring our community together, foster cultural learning, and encourage collective action toward positive change.

We will take a day trip to the stunning Niagara region. Here, we will immerse ourselves in the inspirational works, wisdom, and stories of African, Black, and Caribbean leaders. We believe that these powerful voices will speak to you, inspire you, and empower you to reach new heights.

So get ready to bond, learn, and grow with your brothers. Let’s cultivate a sense of unity and solidarity, and remember that we are stronger together. The future is bright, and through our collective efforts, we can achieve greatness.

Bus will depart from Lawrence Square Mall Parking lot at 8:00 am and return at 10:00 pm on Saturday November 4th, 2023

Welcome to the Black Men leadership retreat! We are excited to present you with a culturally responsive and uplifting experience. Our retreat is designed to bring our community together, foster cultural learning, and encourage collective action toward positive change.

We will take a day trip to the stunning Niagara region. Here, we will immerse ourselves in the inspirational works, wisdom, and stories of African, Black, and Caribbean leaders. We believe that these powerful voices will speak to you, inspire you, and empower you to reach new heights.

So get ready to bond, learn, and grow with your brothers. Let’s cultivate a sense of unity and solidarity, and remember that we are stronger together. The future is bright, and through our collective efforts, we can achieve greatness.

Bus will depart from Lawrence Square Mall Parking lot at 8:00 am and return at 10:00 pm on Saturday November 4th, 2023

Thank you to our sponsors
2023 theme

Self-Development, Ancestral & Cultural Currency

The theme, “Self-Development, Ancestral & Cultural Currency,” will see our brothers set out on a journey to build capacity and to support their individual, personal and professional growth. This retreat will assemble a group of influential Black Men for a one-day trip to the Niagara Region, where they will be immersed in the inspirational work and wisdoms of African-Caribbean leaders. The Brothers Who Care team has creatively collected community resources that will help address inequality, which unaddressed would have severe consequences for social integration and mental health of young black men.

Inspiring Black Men To Be All That They Can Be

A Canadian report, “Results from the 2016 Census: Education and Labour Market integration of Black Youth in Canada,” found that 20% of Black men are in the “Not in Education, Employment nor Training” (NEET) category, compared to 12% of other young men.

In 2020, Statistics Canada put out a report titled, “Canada’s Black Population: Education, Labour and Resilience.” The report showed that only 17% of young Black men have a university degree compared to 34% of young Black women, even though 94% of Black youth state that they would like to obtain such a degree.

Black Men with a university degree
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Black Women With A University Degree
0%
Black Youth who would like to obtain a university degree
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Care Leadership Development Alliance

The Brothers Who Care team has creatively collected community resources that will help address inequality, which unaddressed would have severe consequences for social integration and mental health of young black men.

It is our vision to equip and inspire Black Men to be all that they can be by drawing on the power of the collective, and creating a Centre of Influence – The Care Leadership Development Alliance. The focus will be on Black male’s health and wellness, and we will be using our curated influence to mobilize: social, political and economic growth within the Black community.

Care Leadership Development Alliance (CLDA)

The Brothers Who Care team has creatively collected community resources that will help address inequality, which unaddressed would have severe consequences for social integration and mental health of young black men.

It is our vision to equip and inspire Black Men to be all that they can be by drawing on the power of the collective, and creating a Centre of Influence – The Care Leadership Development Alliance. The focus will be on Black male’s health and wellness, and we will be using our curated influence to mobilize: social, political and economic growth within the Black community.

Speakers

Akwatu Khenti

Assistant Professor

Akwatu's Bio

David Griffiths

Founder, Brothers Who Care

David's Bio

Rayon Brown

Founder, Helping Neighbourhoods Implement Change

Rayon's Bio

Andre Rose

Youth Engagement, the Walnut Foundation

Andre's Bio

Sadiq Boodoo

President & CEO Of Approved Financial Services

Sadiq's Bio

Eldean Dickenson

Financial Advisor, Wheatfield Financial Group

Eldean's Bio

Ken Green

Creator at Tax Efficient Wealth

Ken's Bio

Aaron Charles

Real Estate Agent, Investor, Speaker

Aaron's Bio

Ambassadors

Learn, bond, and grow with some of Toronto’s most influential black men!

Event Itinerary

7:00am – 7:30am

Boarding/Attendance & Continental Breakfast

Location: Lawrence Square Mall – In front of the Canadian Tire
Facilitator/Presenter: Simone Smith, Rayon Brown

7:30am – 8:00am

Departure/ Welcome Ceremony

Facilitator/Presenter: David Griffiths & Rayon Brown

8:00am – 10:00am

Team Building: Games & Activities

  1. Trivia
  2. Name That tune
  3. Two truths and a lie
  4. Twenty Questions

Facilitator/Presenter: Rayon Brown

Men’s Health - Prostate Cancer

Presented by: The Walnut Foundation

CLDA Member Platform

Presented by: Brothers Who Care

10:00am – 11:30am

Salem Chapel Tour

Location: 92 Geneva St. (St. Catharines)

11:30am -12:30pm

Mental Health Hour & Lunch

Facilitator/Presenter: BwC/TAIBU, Tychon Carter, Akwatu Khenti, Dwyane Morgan, Kwame Osei, David Griffiths

12:30am -1:00pm

Drumming Workshop

Facilitator/Presenter: O’Neil Fuller

1:00am -2:00pm

Lunch

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Travel Time

2:30pm – 4:00pm

Wine Tasting

Location: Ridge point W 3900 Cherry Ave (Vineland)

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Travel Time

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Outlet Collection at Niagara

Location: 300 Taylor Road (Niagara on the Lake)

6:00pm – 6:30pm

Travel Time

6:30pm – 8:00pm

Wealth & Investments Dinner

Location: 7 Mile Bistro – 215 St Paul St W (St. Catharines)
Sponsored by EQ Bank Sakment Development, Boldt Realty Inc.

8:00pm – 10:00pm

Departure/Music/Evaluation Closing Ceremony

Facilitator/Presenter: David Griffiths & Rayon Brown
Return to Lawrence Square Mall (700 Lawrence Ave W.)

Itinerary Stops

Salem Chapel Sanctuary of History

Salem Chapel BME Church Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Site

Many scholars agree that the Salem Chapel, British Methodist Episcopal Church is the oldest Black church (1st church, 1814-1820) in Ontario. In 1957, after an extensive two year restoration project, the church was rededicated and renamed Salem Chapel.

In 1999, the Salem Chapel received a National Historic designation by the Government of Canada. Harriet Tubman received a National designation in 2005, and in 2013, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and PBS featured the Salem Chapel, BME Church National Historic Site and its connection to Harriet Tubman in the award winning documentary The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.

The Salem Chapel continues today as a religious institution first and foremost. Secondly it serves as an international "Sacred Destination" tourist attraction.Today‘s small congregation consists of descendants of the African American founding fathers and a few other worshipers who embrace the Methodist denomination.

​The most celebrated member of the Salem Chapel is the legendary Underground Railroad conductor, Harriet Tubman. Sister Tubman moved to Canada after the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act was passed. When she resided in St. Catharines in late 1851 to early 1862, she attended the AME/BME Church. Sister Tubman was a highly revered member of the community and was also known as "Moses". The majority of her clandestine Underground Railroad rescue missions started and ended in this British Canadian town. In 1868, when asked where and why she guided the freedom seekers, Harriet Tubman said, "I wouldn't trust Uncle Sam with my people any longer; I brought them all clear off to Canada."

Oniel Drummy Fuller

Oniel ‘Drummy’ Fuller

Oniel ‘Drummy’ Fuller is a producer, Musician based in Toronto, Canada. He started singing after attending Mayfield Secondary School of the arts. At a young age, he became a member of the Dundas Street Church of God -Toronto “Sunshine Singers”. He later developed a love for the drums and today he is one of the most sought after reggae drummers in Canada. As a member of Fulla Sound Band, he has toured different parts of the world with remarkable musicians like Luciano, Michael Rose, Tony Rebel, Family Man Barrett, the Wailers Band to name a few.

Fuller is dedicated to exploring his gifts to mentor youth in his community and create opportunities for emerging artists through his Fulla Sound Studios. He says fans can expect the expected because he has a lot to share as a musician.

MENTAL HEALTH HOUR-1

Mental Health Hour

The Mental Health Hour is geared to further demystify the stigma associated with mental health in the Black community, and to also encourage better health. The MHH offering increases the awareness of when Black Men, or others may be experiencing mental health issues. It is about preventative care, and being proactive in addressing the needs of the Black community.

This retreat we will be focusing on Self-Development and understanding oneself, one's strengths, weaknesses, and emotions, is the foundation of personal development. It leads to better decision-making and improved relationships.

We will be working with Brothers on setting meaningful goals and creating a roadmap to achieve them. It provides the motivation and focus necessary to work towards their individual objectives.

Nyarai Cellars

Nyarai Cellars

The name Nyarai (pronounced Na-Rye) is derived from the Southern African Shona dialect meaning Humility. Our aim is to craft wines that are sourced from prime Niagara Peninsula vineyards that speak proudly of their origin. With minimal intervention during the winemaking process, our wines develop naturally; yielding a product that is true to its varietal character. The cool climate of the Niagara Peninsula along with its diverse soils offers a bounty of flavours and textures that are indicative of this wonderfully unique wine growing region.

Nyarai Cellars is a “Virtual” winery, in that we do not own our own vineyards or winery buildings. In creating wines that bear the Nyarai Cellars’ name, careful consideration of ideal vineyard localities is paramount. The strength of individual appellations such as Niagara River, Lincoln Lakeshore and Twenty Valley Bench, were appealing to create a product of distinct character and elegance. A simplistic approach is followed during the entire winemaking process, which allows for purity-of-fruit to be the main focus. Are you ready for the finest wine you ever sampled? 

Outlet Collection Niagara

Outlet Collection at Niagara

Enjoy retail therapy at the Outlet Mall at Niagara, a shopping destination with a collection of the top brands, available at irresistible outlet prices. Shop for apparel, accessories, health and beauty products, kitchenware and kids products at various department stores and restaurants.

7 Miles Bistro

7 Mile Bistro

Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant and diverse culinary culture of the Caribbean at 7 Miles Bistro. You will be greeted by a warm and vibrant atmosphere that reflects the lively spirit of the Caribbean. The decor features colorful and tropical elements, creating a relaxing and festive ambiance.

Take your time to savor each dish and enjoy the rich flavors. You can look forward to a delightful array of flavors, aromas, and textures. You might start your meal with a refreshing drink like a tropical fruit punch or a coconut-based cocktail, and throughout the meal, you will enjoy live music played softly by the one and only Jay Smooth in the background, enhancing the overall dining experience.

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CLDA Men's Retreat

Brothers Who Care (BwC) in collaboration with: TAIBU, Black Business Initiative, EQ Bank, Hear 2 Help (H2H), and Helping Neighbourhoods Implement Change (HNIC) presents the Care Leadership Alliance (CLDA) Retreat, a leadership retreat designed specifically for Black Men.

*Type in the number of tickets you would like to purchase and include the first the last name of each registrant in the addional note section during checkout.

$275.00

*Tax Included

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