Rosemary Sadlier Preserving History – Honoured with Lifetime Achiever Award

Lifetime Achiever Award
The Lifetime Achiever Award honors living individuals who have "made a significant difference". The award provides special recognition to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service over a sustained period of years in their endeavors and community.

Rosemary Sadlier will receive this honour in Toronto, Canada on March 16, 2013.
The honour is presented by the International Women Achievers’ Awards, a Canadian based organization. To learn more please visit IWAA.

Rosemary Sadlier, a Canadian national, has been a driving force for the recognition of Blacks in Canada. She was educated at the University of Toronto and earned a Master of Social Work. Rosemary is a current doctoral candidate of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

Rosemary Sadlier has served since 1993 as the volunteer President of the Ontario Black History Society (OBHS), the first and only provincial heritage organization in Canada focused on African-Canadian history. The month of February was first proclaimed as Black History Month in Toronto in 1979 due to the efforts of the OBHS; under Sadlier’s leadership, the OBHS obtained the formal proclamation of February as Black History Month at the Ontario level and initiated the national declaration in Canada – effective December, 1995. The OBHS has also initiated the formal celebration of August 1st as Emancipation Day, obtained at the Provincial level, and pending nationally.

Sadlier has represented the OBHS as a judge on the final selection committee of the Mathieu Da Costa Awards – The Mathieu Da Costa Awards has been established in partnership with Canadian Heritage to encourage elementary and secondary school students to explore, highlight and celebrate the contributions made by people from Black, Aboriginal and diverse cultural background to Canadian society from very early history to the present. This new Awards program came about to celebrate the historic decision made by the Parliament of Canada in December 1995 to recognize the important contributions made by Black Canadians to this country and to observe February officially as Black History Month.

On behalf of the OBHS, she has given Black history presentations across Ontario. Additionally, she has presented at summer institutes, libraries, forums and conferences in Toronto, Halifax, Kingston, Calgary, Ottawa and Victoria; in the United States at conferences in Memphis, Philadelphia, Rochester and Washington, D.C.; and internationally at Curacao and Trinidad & Tobago. She participated in a U.S. – Canadian Bi-National Charette and tour of the Underground Railroad.

She has made presentations to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and to the UN Rapporteur on Racism. Her work with the OBHS, in addition to her recent publications, including the best selling title, The Kids Book of Black Canadian History, have made her a frequent guest on national television and radio.

Sadlier has worked in various films including Seeking Salvation: A History of the Black Church in Canada, and A Scattering of Seeds: the Mary Ann Shadd Story. She has also authored Black History: Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas (2009); The Kids Book of Black Canadian History (2003);Tubman, Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, her life in the United States and Canada (1996); Mary Ann Shadd: Publisher, Editor, Teacher, Lawyer, Suffragette (1995) and Leading the Way; Black Women in Canada (1993).

She has been recognized for her distinguished efforts by various organizations. Her honors include the Order of Ontario, the William Peyton Hubbard Race Relations Award, Woman for PACE Award, the Black Links Award, the Planet Africa Marcus Garvey Award, and the Harry Jerome Awards. Read more at Who is Who in Black Canada




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