Book Seeks to Make Black Women Visible

Black Canadian Women Have a Long and Rich History of Contributions to Canada

In a modern world dominated by tales of male accomplishment, Black women have been quietly making their way to successful positions in some of Canada’s most prestigious positions. Most Canadians are unaware of these women’s accomplishments. These are women who have created deep lasting impressions in their chosen professions across in Canada and across the globe. This book celebrates these women.

The book “100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women” celebrates the achievements of these women with intimate and unique stories of their paths to success.

Women are making significant impacts around the world and the co-authors Dr. Hon. Jean Augustine, Dauna Jones-Simmonds, and Dr. Denise O’Neil Green have gathered an outstanding account of Black Canadian women whose stories will touch hearts, whose strive for excellence will propel readers to theirs and whose determination to never give up allowed them the grace to achieve their goals.

Celebrating the launch of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women book release, a gala event is planned for June 16th 2016 at The Brighton Convention & Event Centre – 2155 McNicol Avenue, Toronto. Book pre-sale are on sale at

Book Seeks to Make Black Women Visible

This is an essential read for academics, students, business & career professionals, entrepreneurs, mompreneurs, history enthusiasts and anyone who is interested in the contributions Black Canadian Women have made.

Meet the Authors

Hon. Jean Augustine, PC, CM, CBE 
Book Seeks to Make Black Women VisibleIn 1993, Jean Augustine, became the first Black woman elected to the Parliament of Canada. In 1988-1993, she was Chair of the Metro Toronto Housing Authority. She was an educator and school principal before entering federal politics. Among her accomplishments as an MP, was the introduction of a motion, passed unanimously, to have February proclaimed as Black History Month in Canada.

She holds a Master of Education degree and honorary doctorates from the University of Toronto, McGill University, York University and Guelph University. She served as the National President for the Congress of Black Women of Canada.

The Honourable Jean Augustine served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister of Canada, Chair of the National Liberal Women’s Caucus, Secretary of State and Minister for Multiculturalism and the Status of Women, Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Deputy Speaker. In March 2007-2015, she served as the first Fairness Commissioner for the province of Ontario.

She has been honoured by many community organizations, appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire and was made a member of the Order of Canada for her distinguished career. Jean is an energetic advocate for social justice and has supported many social causes.

Dauna Jones-Simmonds, BA, CHRL, SHRMC
Book Seeks to Make Black Women VisibleDauna is the President of DEJS (Diversity) Consulting, where she has the opportunity to share her unique experience and facilitate the transfer of her accumulated knowledge, through consulting and diversity training activities. Born in St. Kitts she migrated to Canada over thirty-five years ago and has first-hand knowledge and experience about the roadblocks and challenges encountered by new Canadians. She has a broad based education from Cornell University, New York and Ryerson University, Toronto and she is an energetic, goal-driven individual with a proven track record of measurable achievements.

A customer-focused Human Resource “Diversity Executive” Dauna has extensive experience in coaching and mentoring, recruiting, training and creating and delivering strategic programs with the goal of integrating diversity into the workplace. Providing mentorship for young Black females and assisting them in advancing their careers is one of her passions.

She has designed and facilitated many diversity workshops and has a unique blend of interpersonal and a positive focus; as a result, has won numerous awards for her leadership style, results orientation and diversity efforts. She has held managerial and executive positions in the banking industry and in “not-for-profit” organizations with a focus on diversity and inclusion. Dauna is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors for ACCES Employment, which focuses on assisting new Canadians who seek employment. She has been and still is the only black female member on the Rotary Club of Toronto.

Dr. Denise O’Neil GREEN
Book Seeks to Make Black Women VisibleDenise is the Assistant Vice President and Vice Provost, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) at Ryerson University. She was appointed as the first AVP/VP-EDI in 2012.

Throughout her career, she has championed organizational change in the areas of EDI on university campuses. As an inclusive, strategic leader, she has demonstrated a clear passion for the advancement of diverse classrooms and inclusive campus climates.

Dr. Green was an associate vice president for institutional diversity at Central Michigan University, a faculty member at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in higher education administration and educational psychology, respectively. As a scholar and researcher, she has authored/co-authored over 60 articles and book chapters, reports, and presented papers, along with lectures on diversity and leadership. She is also the executive editor of the blog: .

She earned her PhD in higher education and public policy from the University of Michigan, a Master’s from Princeton University, and a Bachelor’s from the University of Chicago.

To request a review copy of the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women, tickets to the gala or to arrange an interview with the authors, please contact: Kerry A. Thomas/ (647)-228- 0077 / additional information on ticket sales and book at



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