VACA’S SHERNETT MARTIN SLAMS YORK BOARD FOR IGNORING REPORTED RACIAL INCIDENTS IN SCHOOLS!!
BAYLORIC WORLDWIDE TELEVISION SPEAK TO THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SHERNETT MARTIN OF VAUGHAN AFRICAN CANADIAN ASSOCIATION ABOUT INCIDENTS WITH THE YORK REGION.
The Vaughan African Canadian Association is a not for profit organization serving the Vaughan community since its inception in 2003. The organization’s mandate is to provide innovative programs and services for the African-Caribbean community in the city of Vaughan. Our main focus is providing programs for families and youth.
The Vaughan African Canadian Association began as a series of meetings with residents from the city of Vaughan from diverse African/Caribbean backgrounds. The residents that attended the meetings all had a lengthy history of volunteering in the community. We all had a common goal of “giving back” to the community and working to provide a better future for the youth. As the influx of diverse populations moved into Vaughan we began to hear more concerns. The meetings became larger in number and families were sharing personal stories about the need to have an organization serving the black community in the city of Vaughan. A Board of directors was established and a constitution, bylaws and framework for the organization was developed by members. The Vaughan African Canadian organization was incorporated in July, 2003. Since then we have built a volunteer organization that continues to provide innovative programs and services to meet the needs of the community.
Our Strategic Vision is built around the need for effective service delivery through providing awareness, opportunities, leadership development, economic opportunities, organizational development and capacity building .
VACA is currently looking for a new location that will provide adequate office space to ensure the growth of our organization and support our ability to provide our programs and services to the community.
Education and Youth Empowerment:
We have programs in place to support learning and education of all children and youth by providing cultural awareness programs, after-school programs, tutorial programs, media literacy, parenting workshops, early childhood literacy, after-care programs and recreational activities for children and youth.
We provide programs that invest in the financial literacy and employability of youth and adults through innovative programs, networking and partnerships, job training, shared resources, and business education.
Health and Quality of Life:
We promote community wellness through a focus on awareness and prevention, including fitness, healthy eating and a Provincial Awareness Campaign on diseases that primarily affect and are on a steady incline in the African/Canadian community (diabetes, high blood pressure, colon/breast cancer, sickle cell disease, thallasemia)
Youth Civic Engagement and Leadership Empowerment:
We encourage young people to take an active role to improve their quality of life through participation in leadership development, politics, active volunteerism, community service projects and partnerships with community agencies, stakeholders and service providers.
Strong and Healthy Families:
We provide inter-generational, innovative, healthy living and wellness programs to meet the demands and needs of the black community in order to support families. We will provide opportunities for men, women and seniors to attend social and recreational programs to meet other families throughout Vaughan.
Social Justice and Human Rights Focus:
We promote the awareness of social justice and anti-oppressive issues by encouraging the notion of “giving back, and passing it forward” and using our time, energy and abilities to assist members of our community who need encouragement, assistance and support. We are creating a movement embedded in building character.
To contact us please call (386) 333-1242
or email firstname.lastname@example.org