The Black Community Advisory Council (BCAC) was established in February 2010. It assists United Way in understanding the needs and challenges faced by Blacks in Peel and in building strong community relationships. The formation of the Black Community Advisory Council is part of a broader United Way initiative to foster and build relationships and address key social issues within ethno-specific communities in Peel. The Council is a volunteer group of members of the Black community living or working in Peel region. Council members are of African descent including continental Africans or those who identify with being from the African Diaspora (Caribbean, South America, North America etc.)
The Council serves to provide the diverse Black community in Peel with a voice in the United Way of Peel Region activities including providing recommendations and strategies to address identified issues, ways to promote achievements in the Black community and undertake initiatives to support United Way’s work.
There are 116,225 Black persons living in Peel representing 9% of the Peel Region population. Between 2001 and 2011, the Black community grew by 64% and 44% of the Black population in Peel are children and youth.
Black Community Advisory Council Activities
- 2008: The Black Community in Peel Region: An Exploratory Study
- 2015: Facilitating Access Change Equity in Systems (F.A.C.E.S) Collaborative of Peel Research
Black Leadership and Community Gala
The Black leadership and Community Gala formerly known as the “Unity in Diversity Gala” is an occasion to celebrate community achievements, leadership as well as showcase the impact of UWPR’s work in partnership with BCAC. The Gala is currently in its fourth year.
Click here to see pictures from the 2013 Unity in Diversity Gala.
Click here to purchase tickets to the 2015 Black Leadership and Community Gala.
Black Community Advisory Council Mentoring Program
The Black Community Advisory Council of United Way of Peel Region and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel have developed a mentoring program for black children and youth in Peel. We are currently seeking black volunteers who are interested in being matched.
Supporting Peel’s Black Community
United Way of Peel Region supports 91 programs and services provided by 54 social service agencies in Peel. Many of these agencies are working to address the specific needs of the Black community and some offer various services for the Black community, including:
- African Community Services
- Associated Youth Services of Peel
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel
- Brampton Multicultural Community Centre
- Brampton Neighbourhood Resource Centre
- Catholic Cross-cultural Services (Peel)
- Catholic Family Services of Peel-Dufferin
- Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre
- Malton Neighbourhood Services
- Rapport Youth & Family Services
- Victim Services of Peel
Black Community Advisory Council
Chair: Len Carby
Honorary Chair, Black Leadership and Community Gala: Chief Emmanuel Mbulu
To join or find out more contact Maame Debrah at 905-602-3640 or firstname.lastname@example.org.