World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development MAY 21 Event

Informative Speakers!

Mingle and Socialize!
Hors d’oeurves and Refreshments!

DATE: MAY 21, 2018
VENUE: Markham Convention Centre — 2901 Markham Rd, Toronto, ON M1X 0B6
TIME: 7 PM – 10 PM

Esteemed Speakers

Anne Lamson came to Canada in 1998 after graduating Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Philippines. She worked 4 years as a caregiver for a lady with Multiple Sclerosis before deciding to pursue other careers, both in the Hospitality and Retail industry.

She moved and worked in Banff, Alberta for 2 years which was a great experience for her, because of the many wonderful people she met and made friends with from all over the world.

Anne currently lives in Mississauga and is an active supporter of many community events, fundraisers and a volunteer enthusiast for different organizations that focuses on Social and Political issues.

She believes that gratitude is key to happiness; that we must try to be kind and humble always.

The main topic that I would like to talk about is our vital role as women in Cultural Diversity. How can we voice, empower and influence other people to achieve success in promoting acceptance of our cultural differences?

Anne Lamson
Phone: 647-388-5732
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Anne Lamson

Micca Vanvield is an entrepreneur and international best selling author who has a passion for sharing her experiences to help women heal emotionally and a passion for travel. She is a mother of 3 amazing boys, a coach/speaker/mentor as well as a travel and insurance professional.

Micca has been travelling the globe for the past 19 years and founded The Travel Empire. She created the business to help her clients create unforgettable travel experiences while focusing on relaxation and emotional connections.

Micca has now added being a published author to her resume by sharing with the world her stories about dating online after a divorce and how the lessons she learned has shaped her healing and her current path in life towards positive emotional health. She has spoken at events globally sharing with her audiences the importance of healthy emotions and learning from her own experiences the positive effects of self care.

Micca believes that the best way to guide her clients is by having firsthand experience so she spends a lot of time upgrading her skills and focusing on her own self care.

Micca Vanvield

Jamaican born, Nikki Clarke, holds a Diploma in Social Sciences from John Abbott College and at, McGill University, studied Film and Communications. Nikki was an instructor at Sheridan College, in the Faculty of Early Childhood Education, the School of Business, and Community Development from 1999 to 2009. Nikki was elected the President of the Ontario Black History Society November 9, 2015.

Nikki’s third book, Transforming Lives, One Story at a Time: Powerful Stories of Success and Inspiration, an anthology of empowering reflections was published September 22, 2017.

Nikki is the founder, producer and host of the Nikki Clarke Show on HD Win Caribbean Rogers 672/673, Bell Fibe 559 /560 Nikki is currently studying Ministry in the Theology Program at Canada Christian College and an ordained Lay Pastor. Nikki is the NDP MPP Candidate for Mississauga Malton.

Facebook page: Nikki Clarke
Twitter: @nikkiclarkendp
Website :
Email: [email protected]

A woman is the heart of the family and the community at large. It is important for women to manage their health to support everyone else. However, there may be social determinants that may be barriers to health equity like poverty, sexism, racism, ableism, etc

My topic will be :Health Equity- Breaking the Barriers to Healthcare

Norma Carpio
President and CEO, Imperial World Inc.
City: Oakville, Ontario
Country of Origin: Philippines

Norma Carpio arrived in Canada in 1967 and is the owner and operator of Imperial Travel and Tours Inc. She grew the business into one of the most respected and reputable travel agencies that serves the Filipino-Canadian community. She also initiated efforts to have the Philippines be the feature country at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in 1998 and in the same year, was appointed to be the Toronto Chapter president of the Philippine Centennial Movement by former Philippine President Fidel Ramos.

She has been very active in the Filipino-Canadian community in Ontario, having held various positions in numerous organizations, including founding president of Club Filipino Oakville, director of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce, president of the Philippine Independence Day Council (PIDC), and more.

Carpio is truly an outstanding immigrant and exemplary community leader, with great examples of generosity, including having initiated several fundraising events to assist the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) that brought untold devastation in southern provinces of the Philippines in 2013.

Under Carpio’s leadership, PIDC was able to raise $150,000 of generous contributions from T&T, the Chinese community, the Korean community, other Asian-Canadian communities and individuals for Gawad Kalinga (Give Care) an international charity organization and the ABS-CBN, a Philippine-based broadcast network.

A recipient of many awards, Carpio, in 2017, received the Canada-Wide first Golden Balangay award “Senior Achievement” and the Canadian Fashion Week (CFW) community Excellence Award in 2016, as well.

After serving six years as president, she was recently designated chairman emeritus of the PIDC and chair of PIDC-Mabuhay Philippines Festival – 2018, the largest celebration of Philippine heritage and culture in Canada.

The word retirement is not in her vocabulary as she is always looking forward to continuing her passion and dedication of considerably contributing her best toward the social transformation and development of the Filipino-Canadian community.

Dr. Marlyn Morris is a strategic, innovative and visionary leader, with strong organization and strategic relationship building skills; transformational change-agent with political acuity and robust record of success within the Strategic Policy, Planning and Stakeholder Relationship Management in The Public, Private and Not-For-Profit Sectors. She is a collaborative, systems-thinker and development planner with strong determination to lead the growth and development of an organization into success by facilitating change focused on strategic priorities and stakeholder dialogue.

She is a Dynamic Corporate Leadership and Management Coach and a Parent and Youth empowerment coach and mentor, with special focus on parent coaching for raising conscious, resilient and successful children. She is a Business Development and Investment, Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building Expert. A Legislative Reviewer and Legislative Drafter, Curriculum Developer, Educator and Trainer. She is an awardee- Canada’ Top 100 Black Women to watch in 2016 and was identified as a pioneer and catalyst.

Dr. Morris has recently been selected to serve as one of the 34 women of UNITED NATIONS-WOMEN for the CARIBBEAN -CARICOM REGION, pool of Expert Trainer and Researcher in the Prevalence of Domestic Violence against Women and Girls She is Founder of the Ontario College for Development Training and The Inspiring Life Solutions Coaching and Mentoring Agency, Toronto.

Dr. Morris has demonstrated a strong passion and commitment to the gender equality movement and women empowerment. She volunteers her time towards coaching and mentoring women for academic and career success. them for success as part of e-campmentoring and her own Inspiring Life Solutions Coaching agency.. She engages in many voluntary coaching of women’ groups in Toronto and abroad. Dr. Morris is committed to helping women develop resiliency, economic enterprises, and strong families. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Immigrant Women in Business (IWB) of Toronto., An Organization dedicated to helping Immigrant Women in Business to Succeed through Networking to Develop meaningful business and personal partnerships, helping grow your core competencies and business through strong personal and professional development training seminars, mentorship programs to develop future global leaders and grow their business.

Since 2011-Chairman Emeritus of the NGO, Caribbean Council for Economic Development(CCFED). This is s USA registered Not for Profit Organization dedicated to the advancement of private sector entrepreneurial development, regionally, nationally and among the Diaspora communities of peoples of Caribbean origin. Since 2016, Voluntary Program Coordinator, R.E.S.T-(Brampton) An Agency Promoting youth enterprise development and sustainable living, and restoration of homeless youth, Toronto, with special focus on those transitioning out of care. Since 2016, Team member to establish the Seniors Empowerment Assistance Centre (SEAC) of Peel Region, A member of the Board of Directors and its Voluntary Program Coordinator. She is also Governance Commissioner of the Ontario National Alliance of Black School Educators.

“In an increasingly globalized world, where investment capital, scientific and technological advancements are removing borders and increasing access and free movement of people toward human development opportunities, those of us charged with ensuring the sustainable development of countries and peoples must rethink and re-engineer development strategies toward an inclusive development framework and action plan. This is a framework and associated strategies that seek to promote and harness the talents, skills and passions among peoples of all culture toward the development of the country of residence, within which they find themselves”. —Dr Marlyn Morris

Entrepreneur, International Bestselling Author, Inspirational Speaker, Seminar Leader, Strategic Results & Achievement Mentor, Peak Performance Business Mentor and Transformational Leader

Zoe Petrak is an author of 3 bestselling books, including an International Best Seller in 5 countries “Open to the Infinite Riches of the Universe: And Live a Balanced Life Full of Miracles, Wealth, Abundance, Bliss and Triumph.” Zoe has educated and empowered thousands of people through her live seminars, books and online programs.

She is a Strategic Intervention Coach certified by Robbins (Tony Robbins) Madanes Training, Certified Ho’oponopono Practitioner and CEO of Triumph of Success Inc. She is a teacher with a diploma in Law and a degree in Global Politics, who has been studying Laws of Success for more than 12 years from the best mentors of the world. For years Zoe has traveled and studied from the best mentors in self-mastery, human mind and potential, success, wealth and business mastery, psychology and personal development fields.

Zoe’s unique in-depth specialized education, journey, personal & professional experience and knowledge give her a truly powerful and one of a kind perspective on how to help you connect to the Truth and Resources within, unleash your true potential, break through self-imposed limitations, get to the next level, and live the fullness of Who You Really Are in all aspects of your lives.

Zoe Petrak has been featured at, coached and lectured at Seneca College Employment Services, Employment Ontario, Sun Life Financial, Finer Minds by Mindvalley, Insight of the Day by Bob Proctor, The Inspiration Show by Mind Movies, Rogers TV, Toronto Star etc.

For more info and to schedule your 1-on-1 Strategic Results & Achievement Mentoring Session visit:

Zoe Petrak Hon.B.A.
Strategic Results and Achievement Mentor (certified by RMT Tony Robbins),
Inspirational Speaker, International Best-Selling Author
Transformational Leader
Triumph of Success Inc.

Why does cultural diversity matter?

Three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension. Bridging the gap between cultures is urgent and necessary for peace, stability and development.

Cultural diversity is a driving force of development, not only with respect to economic growth, but also as a means of leading a more fulfilling intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual life. This is captured in the seven culture conventions, which provide a solid basis for the promotion of cultural diversity. Cultural diversity is thus an asset that is indispensable for poverty reduction and the achievement of sustainable development.

At the same time, acceptance and recognition of cultural diversity – in particular through innovative use of media and Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) – are conducive to dialogue among civilizations and cultures, respect and mutual understanding.

Development is inseparable from culture. In this regard, the major challenge is to convince political decision-makers and local, national and international social actors to integrating the principles of cultural diversity and the values of cultural pluralism into all public policies, mechanisms and practices, particularly through public/private partnerships.

The aim is, on the one hand, to incorporate culture into all development policies, be they related to education, science, communication, health, environment or cultural tourism and, on the other hand, to support the development of the cultural sector through creative industries. By contributing in this way to poverty alleviation, culture offers important benefits in terms of social cohesion

The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to advance the four goals of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions adopted on 20 October 2005:

Support sustainable systems of governance for culture:

1. Support sustainable systems of governance for culture
2. Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase mobility of artists and cultural professionals
3. Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks
4. Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms

TICKETS for this Event are $25 Online OR $30 at Door (All Tickets include lite Buffet).

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