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About the Congress of Black Women of Canada:
The Congress of Black Women of Canada provides a forum for Black Women to identify and address issues which affect them, their families and their community, thereby enabling them to improve their lives.

Identify and Address


A group of selected panelists will discuss and answer questions from the audience about issues that black women face.

Moderator: Nneka Elliott

At just 28 years old, Nneka Elliott has solidified herself as a force to be reckoned with in Canada’s broadcast industry. Nneka has held such roles as reporter and anchor at CFRB Radio, national weather broadcaster for The Weather Network and most notably as a reporter, anchor and weather specialist at CP24 news. Nneka is a versatile broadcaster with a great sense of humour and a natural ability to make audiences comfortable. She brings youth and enthusiasm but at the same time a professionalism and credibility well beyond her years. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Nneka has taken on a new role as the president of The Media Huddle. As the creator of this company, Nneka supports media professionals at various levels through industry focused events, online engagement and media training - all in an effort to help them find greater success in an ever-changing media industry.


Audrey Palmer
Audrey Palmer has spent years working in child and youth services. She was an associate professor in the Child and Youth Worker programme at George Brown College for six years, and is currently a child protection supervisor with Durham Children’s Aid Society.

Dayo Kefentse
Dayo Kefentse is a dynamic broadcaster, writer and communications manager. In Toronto, many listeners came to know her over the years as a journalist on CBC Radio One’s Metro Morning and Here & Now. Featured in the print and digital editions of Who's Who in Black Canadam, Dayo’s main goal is to educate, engage, empower and inspire in all that she touches.

Denise Burnett
Denise Burnett is a facilitator and trainer of cultural diversity based in Ajax. She is a former radio broadcaster with CIUT 89.5 FM, Metro Morning on CBC Radio One and the Night Side at CFRB 1010. She is also the owner of Sistah's and Associates.

Stephan Stewart
From a young age, Stephan Stewart has been involved in community work with the intent of empowering individuals to change their world. As such, she ran for City Councilor for Don Valley East in 2010. Passionate about empowering youth, she volunteered to tutor at-risk students in the Toronto area which led her to develop the Achiever’s Youth Program - a programme with an artistic focus that gave students a chance to explore their individual talents and learn new marketable skills.

Ettie Rutherford:
Ettie Rutherford is the CEO of both and Women are Worthy. For her commitment to community development, Ettie received the Kay Livingston Award, a Certificate of Recognition from the Markham City Council, as well as a Certificate of Recognition from Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for her contribution to Multiculturalism in Alberta. Ettie’s book, Women are Worthy: Why Perch like a Chick When You Can Soar like an Eagle, will be published in 2012.

Amoye Henry:
Amoye Henry is the Communications Coordinator for AfroChic. A multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary artist, graphic and web designer, and writer.

In partnership with the Congress of Black Women of Canada.

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