Please meet your New Elected JCA Board of Directors for 2016-2017.
JCA PRESIDENT – Adaoma Patterson
Adaoma Patterson was born & raised in Winnipeg but spent several years in Jamaica attending Vas Prep School. She is currently Advisor – Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy in the Human Services Department, responsible for leading the implementation of a three-year community strategy.
Adaoma was previously the Executive Secretary on the board of directors of JCA, lead the recent transformation of JCA, and has been a member for more than 15 years. She was a 2010 DiverseCity Fellow, one of 25 emerging leaders in the GTA and a member of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance’s Steering Committee & a former federal NDP candidate. She is the proud mother of a 14 year-old son.
Adaoma can be reached via email at President@jcaontario.org
JCA VICE-PRESIDENT – Leo Campbell
“I commit to serve with the passion and energy required to ensure the success and longevity of this the longest serving and oldest Black Community Organization in, Canada“
Leo H. Campbell, is an inspiring young man who is enthusiastically involved in many cultural and community organizations nationally and internationally including serving as the current Vice President, The Jamaican Canadian Association (the largest and oldest African, Caribbean, Black social service agency in Canada).
He served as Director of Communications, Director-at-Large & Executive Vice President of The Jamaican Canadian Association. He also serves as Director-at-Large for the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA), additionally he was the Immediate Past President, Future Leaders & President, the Emerging Leaders Network, the (JDCF) and Currently, Vice President, Jamaica Diaspora in Canada (JDCF).
Leo’s participation in the community includes his current appointment by the Government of Jamaica, Advisor, Diaspora Advisory Board, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Diaspora Affairs (2012 – ), he also served as the National Youth Coordinator/Youth Advisor to the Prime Minister of Grenada, Government of Grenada (2003), Coordinator, Settlement Services Brampton Neighborhood Resource Centre, Brampton, Ontario. Additionally, Leo has also been a member of 100 Black Men of America, the United Negro College Fund, The Young Leaders Council, United Way of Peel Region and the Toronto Board of Trade.
Leo believes that youth are being short-changed in this society, He was instrumental in the formation of DareIIDream Speakers Bureau and the “Young, Black & Gifted”, DareIIDream an annual event which showcases and inspires Black Youth enterprise, discovers new artistic talent and celebrates Toronto’s finest rising stars in our communities.
For his service Leo has received several awards some include the Presidents “Bridging the Gap” Award, United Negro College Fund, the President’s Award for Leadership (JCA).
Leo can be reached via email at Vicepresident@jcaontario.org
JCA EXECUTIVE SECRETARY – Renea Douglas
“I grew up in Hayes, Clarendon Jamaica and migrated to Canada 11 years ago. I currently work as a Project Document Management Administrator in the Construction Industry. I also have a background in Information Technology, Personal Banking Officer and Teaching.
I truly believe in service to humanity; as such, I am a supporter of organizations that have programs geared towards giving back to communities and in helping through education. I am a member of various organizations which share my passion of self-less service. I am honored to be serving on the JCA Executive Board.”
Renea can be reached via email at Execsec@jcaontario.org
JCA TREASURER – Glenroy Williams
Glenroy Williams, MBA, B.A., currently serves as an Operator with Maple Leaf Food, Canada. Previous to that he was the Inventory Associate with Wal-Mart, Senior Management Accountant at the National Housing Trust (JA) (1993-2000); Senior Accountant, Coffee Industry Board (1986-1993), and Senior Accountant, Electrical Manufacturers Jamaica Ltd (1979-1986).
A proactive and solutions oriented professional bringing 20 plus years of experience in various areas of finance, accounting, and auditing, covering strategic financial processes, systems implementations, analysis and complex reporting in both the public and private sectors. Possess excellent financial acumen, complemented by a talent for successfully leading key projects and spearheading new process enhancements that improve operational efficiency and accuracy. A consummate professional with an engaging communication style that builds rapport in the team.
He is proficient in use of Quick books, Simple accounting, and Accpac software. Excellent computing skills in the use of Microsoft products(Excel, Word); Team player, dependable, and experience in working in a fast paced environment; Excellent analytical, research, and project management skills.
Community Involvement: Past Treasurer, JCA, Toronto; Past President/Treasurer Rotary District
7020, Portmore,(JA); Member St. Andrew Junior Chamber (JA)
Education: MBA (Business) UWI, BA (Account) UTECH, Diploma (Financial Management) – JIM.-
Courses: Financial Analysis – American Management Association, Specialized Fraud Training Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Glenroy can be reached via email at Treasurer@jcaontario.org
JCA DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS – Alton Brooks, (B.A. Economics)
Alton Brooks is a multi-faceted individual who is currently working as a computer sales consultant. He has been working within the technology and business area for the last 20 years including running a computer business for a time.
Alton graduated from Concordia University in Montreal with a Business Degree, majoring in Economics and Finance/Business Admin. As well, Alton earned a College Diploma from Vanier College in Montreal, majoring in Accounting and Computer Science.
Over the years he has earned many awards for this salesmanship working with very large organizations in the Computer field. However, he takes more pride in volunteering his time when able.
He has served in the past as a volunteer mentor through STEM, resided as a treasurer and secretary for a local church, and currently volunteers with the parent council of Ross Drive Public School in Brampton.
Alton would like to continue to serve his community and bring new ideas. You can expect a high level of excellence and professionalism as well as someone who will represent and push to make the JCA stronger.
Alton lives by the motto “It’s not where you start…but where you plan to finish!”
Alton Brooks resides in Brampton Ontario.
Alton can be reached at email@example.com
JCA DIRECTOR AT LARGE – Yolande Davidson
Yolande is a seasoned and dynamic public policy professional who uses creativity, strategy and acuity to bring information, people and results together. Through progressive roles in the Ontario Public Service, most recently as a Senior Manager in the Ministry of Community and Social Services, Yolande has demonstrated her skills as an expert planner, critical thinker and leader who delivers concrete outcomes.
In addition to her role with the JCA Board of Directors, Yolande has volunteered with young people in conflict with the law for nearly ten years. A believer in lifelong learning, Yolande’s academic credentials include undergraduate studies in Political Science at Queen’s University and graduate studies in Public Policy and Administration at York University.
As a proud Jamaican Canadian, Yolande is excited to contribute to the valuable work of the JCA, ensuring its continued legacy now and into the future.
Yolande can be reached via email at Ydavidson@jcaontario.org
JCA DIRECTOR AT LARGE – Chris Campbell
Joining the Carpenters Union in 1989 just two years after coming to Canada, Chris Campbell completed his carpentry apprenticeship in 1994 at George Brown College and worked on several major construction projects in the city.
The former construction site supervisor and carpentry apprenticeship instructor is a Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario representative for Scarborough, Markham, Stouffville, Pickering and Ajax. He also helps to resolve labour-related issues between management and workers on job sites or at the Ontario Labour Relations Board, organize non-union companies and negotiate collective agreements.
Chris has assisted in the construction of the Breakfast Club’s floats for the annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival and was among five of his union carpenters who volunteered to travel to Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake ravaged the country. He also went to New Orleans 11 years ago to build homes for displaced Hurricane Katrina victims.
There are few good volunteer deeds Campbell turns down. One of the most rewarding is through Black Community church groups where he speaks to young people about careers in carpentry.
“You have to respect everyone as a human being, talk to them, say encouraging things, and try to help direct them to move forward in a positive way.”
Chris can be reached via email at Ccampbell@jcaontario.org
Director at Large – Michelle McKenzie-Dolly
Michelle was born in Lucea, Jamaica and spent most of her adult life living in Montego Bay before arriving in Canada in 2010. She has a strong commitment to Community Development having participated in numerous community development initiatives/organizations, to include: National Housing Trust Joint Schemes Association, Social Development Commission and being
an integral part of the Cornwall Court Citizens’ Association. As a School Guidance Counsellor she served as a Community Liaison Officer fostering the integration between the school and the wider community.
Her passion for Community Development led her to pursue higher education in this area. The journey led her to pursue a Masters Degree in Adult Education and Community Development at the University of Toronto OISE.
Michelle has been employed in the Peel Shelter Housing Services since 2010 and has served in several leadership roles leading to her current position of Director of Employee Relations.
Michelle is new to the JCA having focused on working full time and studying part time since her arrival. With the newcomer settlement phase almost complete, she has joined the JCA Team with a strong commitment to serving the community in this new capacity.
Michelle can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org