Future Prospects: Racism and Discrimination Task Force

Deputy Mayor of Shelburne, Steve Anderson, and Dufferin County Canadian Black Association Founder, Alethia O’Hara Stephenson

Deputy Mayor Steve Anderson and Alethia O’Hara Stephenson are my guests on this episode of Future Prospects.

This year has been a complete whirlwind, it has shone a light on existing injustices and systemic issues within our societies, ones that have long been ignored and brushed over.

What has become apparent to me this year is that there are so many people out there who feel the same – people who are working tirelessly to create positive change through standing up and taking action. What’s more, the number of people supporting and promoting change has grown. Individuals are speaking their truth and sharing their experiences with confidence and passion, educating other people on the existence of discrimination in their communities. Other people are reflecting on their own world and actions, they see that they can help make change happen.

Deputy Mayor of Shelburne, Steve Anderson, and Alethia O’Hara Stephenson are part of this action. This year, they worked to create the Anti-Black Racism, Anti-Racism and Discrimination Task Force in Shelburne to work with the community, to educate, and to pave the way for a positive future. Soha Soliman, a young student from Shelburne and previous Future Prospects guest, is also part of this task force (Soha is an incredible young woman, to see her episode and hear her story, click here).

Alethia is the founder of the Dufferin County Canadian Black Association, an organisation that advocates for the equity and well being of the black community. The DCCBA provides a safe space, resources, education, scholarships, and so much more.

Before becoming the first black Deputy Mayor of Shelburne, Steve Anderson was a lawyer living in the GTA. Deputy Mayor Anderson has always been involved in the community and focused on supporting his local area. Having grown up in the Jane and Finch area of Toronto, Steve is proud to show everyone what he has achieved to demonstrate that the “reputation” of the area does not define what you are able to achieve. This, amongst Steve’s gifts, passion, and talents, is another reason why he is such a strong leader for the town and the community.

Both Steve Anderson and Alethia O’Hara Stephenson are incredible public speakers (as you will soon see!), and their message is one we cannot ignore.