About Us

 

"AN ALLIANCE OF PEOPLE , AMPLYFYING THE VOICE OF OUR COMMUNITY"                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Vision:

A cohesive and influential York Region African Canadian community.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Mission:

 To facilitate the cultivation of a progressive York Region African Canadian Community, through advocacy, resource development and service delivery as it relates to culture, education, employment, social services and other governmental responsibilities      

               

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Rationale

The York Region AACC was established because we believe there is a current void within the region, the absence of an organization, which represents the interest of Black residents of all nine municipalities (i.e., Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Newmarket, Markham, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, and Whitchurch-Stouffville), particularly pertaining to advocacy, resource development and service delivery. We believe that other members of our community share this view, and will provide support in kind. The African Canadian community in York Region is robust, hardworking and filled with skills and many assets. We support African Canadian families within York Region who feel powerless and voiceless in accessing justice, public services and social institutions. We are intent on being advocates, and capacity builders to support those in need. Values: As citizens of York Region, we consider transparency, accountability and respect to be vital in the cultivation of progressive communities. While we are of the African-Canadian community, we acknowledge and respect all races, religions, cultures and legislative institutions.  

Beliefs / Principles

  1. We believe in and encourage cohesive families and deem that this cultivates progressive communities and great nations.
  2. We embrace and respect all religions, races and cultures.
  3. We believe in and practise integrity, transparency, and accountability.
  4. We are respectful of all members of the community, within, and without the organization.
  5. We exist to assist all citizens of York Region, especially African Canadians in attaining and maintaining equitable access to political, educational, social, and economic rights and opportunities.
  6. We advocate progressive changes on behalf of the diverse communities especially African Canadian on various educational, economic, social, cultural and others relevant issues.
  7. We accept and celebrate the cultural practices and values of all diverse communities which are compliant with Canadian laws.
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Objectives:

  • To be recognized as an Information Hub, informing our community on issues and opportunities that may influence their families and daily lives.
  • To develop a contact list of York Region Citizens of African Heritage.
  • To deliver cultural programs for youth of African Canadian Heritage, to enhance their Self-esteem and Self-efficacy
  • To facilitate workshops for African Canadian adults, evoking healthy and cohesive families.
  • To generate greater understanding of the specific needs, challenges and opportunities faced by the community.
  • Establishing a stronger and closer relationship between the community and its service providers.
  • To advocate for the development of optimal child protection services for African Canadian children, youth, and families. In quest of transparency and commitments from service providers, including both York Region Children’s Aid Society, and Boards of Education.
  • To be a leading advocates for high quality Elderly Care, including equitable access, and a safe and healthy quality of life for African Canadian seniors.