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Clarington Comes Together: Join the Conversation to Support and Learn About Our Black Community

Panel discussion online via Zoom
Wednesday, March 31
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Advanced registration required. Register online or by phone. No charge.

Clarington residents are invited to engage in important conversations surrounding resources and challenges for our Black community. This panel discussion will focus on education and career development, mental health, and policing, as well as answering questions submitted by the community.

Presented in partnership with the Municipality of Clarington's Diversity Advisory Committee - Anti-Black Racism Subcommittee.


Please click each panelist's name for their full biography.


You may register in person at any branch, by phoning Member Services at 905-623-7322 x2712, or online using the form below.

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Panelist Biographies

Photo of Allison Hector-Alexander.

Allison Hector-Alexander

Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Region of Durham

Allison Hector-Alexander is an equity and inclusion specialist with over 15 years’ experience of creating and leading policy, education and training in anti-racism, anti-oppression, allyship and equity.

Allison is the director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Region of Durham. Her most recent work experience was as the director of the Office of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion at Durham College where she had oversight for the College’s Diversity & Inclusion services, the Ontario Access and Inclusion program (RISE), and the Sexual Violence mandate. She was also responsible for the First People’s Indigenous Centre and Orientation & Transitions programming for all new students.

In 2018, Allison co-presented at the Black Portraiture Conference at Harvard University on Critical Race Theory, specifically, anti-Black Racism. Earlier in 2018, Allison led a group of colleagues to launch the Black Student Success Network on campus. This initiative continues to provide opportunities for mentoring, networking, and overall support to Black students and employees. In 2019, Allison co-chaired the first Social Justice Week at the College which provided opportunities for students, staff, and community members to engage in relevant equity-related topics.

She works from a feminist, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive framework. Her work also included designing, developing and facilitating skills development programs for women in transition from violence to independence. She has also worked with a wide range of clients including youth at risk and street involved youth, Ontario Works recipients, and new immigrants.

Allison has also been recognized with Champion Award by PFLAG Canada Durham Region for her work in creating inclusive spaces. Through her work in all areas of diversity on campus, the Region of Durham (Local Diversity & Immigration Partnership Council) has recognized her with the Diversity Champion award and in 2019, Allison was awarded the Madiba award.

Allison completed her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Adult Education and Digital Technologies and a Masters of Education degree with a focus on anti-oppressive practices, access, and equity in Higher Education.

Photo of Sophia Bishop.

Sophia Bishop

Founder of Elevated Living

Sophia Bishop is the founder of Elevated Living - a Personal Effectiveness lifestyle company. It provides training, tools and products to help individuals grow, achieve and be their best selves in their personal and professional lives.

Inspired by her grandmother’s teaching and her love and belief in the power of words, Sophia founded Elevated Living - a company that promotes success, “accepting only the best from ourselves and inspiring the same in others.” It is grounded in her TIFIDIN (THINK IT FEEL IT DO IT NOW) principle that states:

“What you THINK determines what you feel
What you FEEL determines what do
The cumulative effect of what you DO NOW
Defines and determines your life and legacy.”

Throughout the years, Sophia worked within the mental health and wellness sector. Committed to social justice and equity she served on the frontline in advocacy roles and at policy tables.

Within her portfolio, Sophia has developed and delivered:

  • Counseling programs for women who have been or are in abusive relationship and incest survivors.
  • ELEVATED Tea & Conversations – using tea as a conduit and engaging activity to allow people to share their thoughts, ideas and opinions based on their individual experiences, values and beliefs.
  • Diversity and Health Equity Training Program for health administrators, doctors, nurses and health care workers – equipping them with the knowledge needed to engage and deliver fair and culturally competent treatment to all patients, despite race, ethnicity, gender, economic status, age, and religion.
  • Elevated Leadership and Personal Effectiveness Training workshops to executives, entrepreneurs, leaders, educators, and elite athletes.

Committed to Community Care, Sophia has been the Founder, Director and Volunteer for a number of not-for-profit organizations and community programs including but not exclusive to Tropicana Community Services (Founding Member); We All Have Issues…Let’s Talk – Mental Health Program; and FEED - Female Education and Economic Development.

Photo of Joseph Maiorano.

Joseph Maiorano

Deputy Chief (Interim), Durham Regional Police Services

Deputy Chief Joe Maiorano (Interim) is currently the officer in charge of Policing Operations.

Joe has enjoyed a diverse career in frontline policing as a uniform patrol officer and as a member of the Service’s Tactical Support Unit. Throughout his career Joe experienced administrative assignments in policy development and planning, investigative assignments in the Criminal Investigations Bureau and Professional Standards Unit, Inspector roles in the Duty Inspector’s Office and Communications/911 Unit, and Superintendent of Patrol Operations, Operational Support and Patrol Support Branches.

Joe attended the University of Western Ontario where he earned his Bachelor of Arts (Economics) and continued his studies at Queen’s University earning his Master of Business Administration (Queen’s University).

Joe is noted for leading the successful transition of the Service’s multi-agency interoperable public safety radio system, building the system from the ground up. The system currently serves over 3400 users consisting of the police, eight municipal fire services, the Region of Durham, Ontario Tech University / Durham College security, and Ontario Power Generation Security and Emergency Services.

Joe has volunteered his time with a number of Boards in the Community and currently serves as the Durham Regional Police Service Diversity Advisory Committee Co-chair.


Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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