History

2013

  • Black Daddies Club presents: Gathering Our Voices: The Lived Experiences of Black Fathers in the City of Toronto (research project), a partnership with York Centre for Education and Community (YCEC), York University, and Centre for Urban Schooling at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). funded by city of Toronto
  • Black Family Value tour community discussion series (10 different communities across Toronto)
  • BDC 2nd annual Family flag football scrimmage
  • Bi-weekly column in Huffington Post with story telling, commencing December 2012
  • BDC presents “Is Love Important?”- a series of 5 discussions in 4 different communities in Toronto with people of colour living about their concepts of love, self-love, hope and identity

2012

  • BDC presents 3rd Annual Family and Friends BBQ (Olympic Island – Toronto Centre Island)
  • BDC in Sway magazine comes to an end due to Sway magazine going under
  • BDC filmed “What does it mean to be a Black Father in Toronto?” (Herman Audrey Studio – Downtown/Toronto)
  • BDC presents Daddies and Me Cirque du Solel (Toronto)
  • BDC presents Parents and their kids Cirque Eloize (Toronto)
  • BDC begins first research project “The Black Fathers Project” (Various Toronto communities; funded – City of Toronto)
  • BDC presents BDC in Huffington Post

2011

  • BDC presents Breaking Bread program at PEACH (4 sessions – April to May;  phase 1 funded – City of Toronto)
  • BDC presents Breaking Bread program at San Romanoway (4 sessions -June; phase 2 funded- City of Toronto)
  • BDC presents Breaking Bread program at Falstaff (4 sessions – July to August; phase 3 funded- City of Toronto)
  • BDC presents Breaking Bread program at Driftwood (4 sessions- September; phase 4 funded – City of Toronto)
  • BDC presents BDC in Sway magazine
  • BDC presents 2nd annual Family friends BBQ (Orono Park – Bommanville)
  • BDC taboo discussion series “Small fire discussions on Homophobia in the Black Community (held at Hair Play Barbershop – Dufferin and Eglington)
  • BDC taboo discussion series “Small fire discussions on Homophobia in the Black Community – partnership with Black Queer youth (Supporting Our youth [SOY] – Downtown Toronto)
  • BDC taboo discussion series presents “Queer as Black folk” main event (Ryerson University – Downtown)

2010

  • BDC barbershop session “The importance of fathers parenting” (Onyx Barbershop)
  • BDC presents Holistic Integration Programming- working with young fathers of colour in the prison system  – 10 month pilot project (East York Detention Centre)
  • BDC co-facilitated More than an Haircut 4th year anniversary –partnership with More than an haircut- Maria A. Shchuka library (Eglington west and Dufferin)
  • BDC presents Fathers day with BDC (Toronto Free Gallery – Downtown)
  • BDC presents Daddies and Me at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) BDC presents Daddies and Me Ontario Place (Toronto)
  • BDC barbershop series presents Daddies Vote partnership with Malvern
  • ANC and Malvern Vote coalition (Urban Edge Barbershop – Malvern)

2009

  • BDC supported More than an Haircut documentary screening- Partnership with More than haircut barbershop project and Reelworld film festival (College and Yonge – Toronto)
  • BDC presents Daddies and Me at Toronto FC (BMO field – Toronto)
  • BDC barbershop session “Why does fatherlessness equate to more violence in our communities?” (Onyx barbershop)
  • BDC presents Daddies and Me at CFL (Skydome – Toronto)
  • BDC annual family and friends BBQ “Bommanville is Back” (Orono Park – Bommanville)
  • BDC taboo discussion series “Monogamy…is it relevant?” (Strictly Roots – Downtown)

2008

  • BDC Barbershop session (Strictly Roots – Brampton)
  • BDC discussion around spirituality (Uprising – Kensington Market)
  • BDC discussion about “How safe do you feel in your community?” (Malvern Library)
  • BDC discussion “ What does a healthy relationship look like? (North York Library)
  • BDC presents Daddies and Me at Toronto Raptors
  • Conversation Café-partnership with Toronto Library (Malvern Library)
  • BDC Barbershop session “How engage are you in the Canadian elections?” (Onyx Library – Downtown)
  • BDC and Dwayne Morgan presents: “Grade 8” A play and discussion-Partnership with Dwayne Morgan and Up from the Roots (Café Cervejaria)
  • BDC presents “Housewarming”-partnership with York Town women shelter and YMCA