Optimising Educational Experiences for our Community…

Hello and welcome back!  We trust that you have had time for rest and relaxation with friends and family in the summer months.

In 2016-17 the executive wrapped up another exciting year of activities.  We had great success with our annual initiatives, And Still We Rise (Elementary and Secondary editions), and the Activating Student Success Awards.  Several members participated in writing a key curriculum resource document, Afrocentric Perspectives: A Resource for K-8 classrooms.   Professional development has been provided during the year for all educators.  We also hosted our first ever,Wellness Expo focused on improving awareness of issues and connecting to resources about health and well-being in the black community.  We continue to cultivate new and grow existing partnerships with various members of the community including the Durham District School Board, Excellence Committee, Brian Clarke and Friends,  Ministry of Child and Youth Services, Ontario Alliance of Black School Educators (ONABSE), and Royal Bank of Canada.

In our efforts to continually foster leadership and engagement with community for our students, DBEN will be launching the Durham Black Students’ Network (DBSN) in fall of 2017.  This programming was made possible through successful grant application with the Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF), a branch of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).

Our work could not be made possible without the support of our members and volunteers.  As always we are seeking involvement from our members in all of our programs.  Should you be interested in sitting on a committee, please contact Eleanor McIntosh at eleanor.mcintosh@ddsb.ca.

We look forward to seeing you at our Fall Mixer as we move into the season of orange, red and yellow.  More information will follow.  Until then, stay connected.


Eleanor McIntosh
Chair, Durham Black Educators’ Network


Come join us!

DBEN and The RMG present its inaugural partnership exhibition entitled We All Have Something Called Home from January 15 to February 3, 2018. Your history and your stories matter! In the spirit of speaking your truth, this community-sourced exhibition asks members of the Black diaspora and Afro-diasporic community to delve into their personal histories and domestic lives, revealing treasured objects and their stories. Mounted onto the walls of Gallery A, each object may be accompanied by 150 words or less, chronicling its origins and significance.

This exhibition presents a great opportunity to share objects and memories that you hold dear. Perhaps it’s a beloved photo, musical instrument, china, heirloom, garment, toy, or tool. Perhaps it is a token of celebration, a cherished memento, or a painful reminder of a lost story. We want to hear from you. We want to hear your story.

For more information about the submission process, click here for the submission brief and documentation form.

Please submit your items and the completed documentation form to The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 72 Queen St, Oshawa, ON L1H 3Z3 on the following dates:

  • Saturday January 6
  • Sunday January 7
  • Tuesday January 9
  • Thursday January 11