A Message of Appreciation to Dr. Olutoyin Oyelade, and the entire Management & Staff of the Black Advisory Hub and Casa Foundation Canada

A VOTE OF THANKS by Juliet Kego Ume-Onyido, on behalf of the participants of Entrepreneur Exchange (EE31), and Cohort 4 of the Black Advisory Hub’s Business Accelerator Program.

I’ve never met her, and yet she has been so impactful in my life and in the lives of so many women and youth in Canada, especially blacks and minority groups. A loving shout out to Dr. Olutoyin Oyelade! Wherever you are, may God continue to bless and guide you!

I had shared this post on Twitter on July 24, 2021.

It is not everyday that you get to finally meet a mentor that has inspired and empowered you from afar! I was truly honored to meet Dr. Olutoyin earlier today, and it is such a pleasure to give this vote of thanks as the Valedictorian, on behalf of the participants of Entrepreneur Exchange (EE31), and Cohort 4 of the Black Advisory Hub’s Accelerator Program).

Some of my fellow participants succinctly captured the collective impact of the BAH Business Accelerator program on their lives and businesses.

Keda Edwards Pierre:

“This program is nothing short of transformative. The amount of conscientious effort, time and resources invested into the cohorts by the BAH team and all of the fabulous guest speakers & collaborators – in an inclusive, diverse and empowering environment – is tremendous, well appreciated and has guided me and my business to new heights. Thank you!”

Petra Grant:

“This is an Excellent Program. I have learnt so much in the past 2 months that has been life changing for my business and me. The facilitators are so knowledgeable and full of expertise. I am honored to be a part of BAH.”

Over the course of fourteen weeks, we networked and learned important skills to better start, pivot, manage, and/or scale our businesses. The transformative programs equipped all us as BIPOC Entrepreneurs.

Some of the things that I loved most about the BAH program was the core message from Dr. Olutoyin on the power of having the right growth mindset to build bankable, viable & sustainable enterprises regardless of the challenges we may face as racialized entrepreneurs. And the need for clarity about our vision, values, mission, purpose and partners… During the high immersion and experiential 3-day pitch boot camp, we were all equipped with pragmatic tips, tools, strategies and resources to speak confidently and with expertise about our various businesses/organizations. What an experience!

Once again, a huge thanks to Dr. Olutoyin Oyelade, and the CASA Foundation/BAH Team – Esther Olatunji, Vidhya Jayakumar, Mathy Kandasamy and many others including the alumni from previous cohorts.

We salute the Faculty and Guest Speakers such as the dynamic Cheryl Bedard, Jeffrey Edwards, Prof Odoi Yemoh, Chioma Ogbudimkpa etc., for co-creating a safe and empowering space for us to be vulnerable, ask questions, share, learn, and improve our personal, business and professional skills. We appreciate that the BAH team, faculty and guest speakers were accessible, representative, culturally informed, knowledgeable, always empathetic and encouraging! We also extend our appreciation to the funders, donors and partners like the Federal Government of Canada, TD Bank, FACE Coalition (The Federation of African Canadian Economics),…for making these programs possible. We also thank all the distinguished guests gathered today to celebrate our graduation on such a pivotal day – AFRICA DAY 2023! Thank you Thandiwe Florence Fadane, the Consul General of South Africa in Canada, Latanya Monteith Housen, Regional Manager, Black Community Business Development at TD Bank, Mr. Emmanuel Duodu, President, Ghanaian Canadian Association, Prof. Nancy Adossi, Advisor, Casa Foundation and Researcher UNHCR, Christelle Francois, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs & Strategic Partnerships, SFC

Thank you to all our family and friends for your support and understanding throughout this process. And to my wonderful fellow graduates, congratulations again on completing the program! Thank you for enriching our collective learning by generously sharing your wealth of knowledge, skills and lived experiences. This is just the beginning! Let’s continue to soar with purpose, build successful businesses and transform our lives. It is very exciting and humbling to realize that we are now all part of the BAH Alumni network and by extension, the global CASA Foundation Community!

I highly recommended the Black Advisory Hub Business Accelerator program to any BIPOC founder or entrepreneur who is reading, watching or listening. My message is simple, ‘go for it, register; join the next cohort, it will transform your life and business!’ Carpe diem! Daalu! Ese! Nagode! Merci! Thank you!


More about the Black Advisory Hub (BAH):

Black Advisory Hub (BAH) promotes the integration and socio-economic inclusion of Black People. It is Powered by #CasaFoundation for International Development (a Canadian Non-Profit-Organization), and Funded by the Federal Government of Canada. Follow @blackadvisoryhub on Instagram to apply for the next cohort of the Business Accelerator Program.

Congratulations to all the winners of Casa Foundation’s Black Advisory Hub (BAH) Business Accelerator Program Pitch Contest! Whole Woman Network (WWN), is excited and honored to be one of the winning organizations. We would like to extend a special thank you to TD Bank for sponsoring the winning prizes.

#Nwanyibuife #CelebratingWomenWhoDare! Diana Barikor, Co-founder & COO – Whole Woman Network

From all of us in the Whole Woman Network community, we wish a hearty congratulations to Diana Barikor, our one of our phenomenal founding members, on receieving the Enterprise Excellence Award! The award will be presented at the Remarkable Mothers Award (RMA) Gala, and the theme for 2023 is tagged “Celebrating the Indefatigable Spirit of Womanhood.”

More about Diana Barikor:

Diana is a Social Entrepreneur, Community Advocate, and Social Impact Investor with a passion for empowering under-represented and equity-denied women and youth, with resources to transform their sociocultural and economic realities.

She has a Master’s degree in Adult Education and Community development from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, Canada. 

Diana is the Founder of MOBERI Services, and the Co-founder of Whole Woman Network Global (WWN), a Social Enterprise that delivers experiential Leadership, Entrepreneurial and Financial Literacy Programs to vulnerable, under-served Canadian Women and Youth, with a focus on Blacks (all people of African descent), new Immigrants, and other marginalized groups.

She is the co-host of the WWN Black Social Economy podcast/webinar series – Building Community Wealth with Real Estate and ROSCA+ (Rotating Savings and Credit Association).

Over the past three decades, her background and professional experiences span environmental sustainability advocacy, social enterprise, and community development. She has coached and mentored women to rebuild their lives and communities.

Her philanthropy extends beyond Canada, to the education and training of women and girls in Nigeria through low-interest loans, business development grants, scholarships, and funding WASH projects, Menstrual Health & Hygiene programs that improve the well-being of families and communities.

She is a feminist and proud mother of three wonderful and compassionate children; Monale, Baribefii and Rita. She loves traveling, gardening, reading, and meeting people of different cultures.

The 2023 edition of the Remarkable Mothers Award (RMA) Gala holds on Sunday, May 7. See poster below for details. Once again, congratulations to Whole Woman network’s own, Diana Barikor!

A Happy, Glorious & Blessed Easter to All!

From all of us at Whole Woman Network, we wish our Christian Community and all who are celebrating, a very Happy, Glorious and Blessed Easter Celebration.

May the Cross be symbolic of Hope, Happiness, Courage, Compassion, Commitment, Consistency, Rebirth, Restoration, Glory and Grace in our lives, families & communities. 

#FreedomDay #Easter #Ressurection #EasterWeekend #Love