Optimising Educational Experiences for our Community…

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year from DBEN! For some we are settling back into the spaces that we are familiar with while for others, we are settling into new spaces with new faces.  I hope that as we move into our second week of the 2016-17 school year, you have returned from a break that has left you feeling renewed, refreshed and balanced.

On behalf of the executive, I would like to thank you for your support over the past years and hope that you will continue to maintain your connection to the network.  We encourage you to stay connected through social media (Twitter and Facebook) as well as by visiting our website, www.dben.org, to stay up to date with initiatives, activities and opportunities over the year.  We will be stream lining out communications moving forward by piloting an e-newsletter bulletin that will be shared several times throughout the year.  This will eventually come from our DBEN email (info@dben.org), so please look out for that.


The Durham Black Educators’ Network (D.B.E.N.) is a proactive organization with the goal of developing and implementing programs to support students and parents of the black diaspora. We provide professional growth opportunities for educators and members of the Durham region at large.





Your 2016-2018 DBEN Executive is as follows:

Chair – Eleanor McIntosh
Vice Chair – Cheryl Rock
Past Chair –  Margaret Lazarus
Secretary – Tanya Salmon
Treasurer – Claudett McDonald
Fundraising/Grant Coordinator – Andrea Walters
Media Coordinator – Jennifer Seif
Website/Social Media Coordinator – Matthew Sinclair
Social Coordinator – Tracey Grose
Members – at – Large – Janet Robinson, Shaundell Parris, Sharon Knights, Tanya Bell, Esther McCala

We will continue to collect membership over the next few months leading up to our Fall Mixer.  Membership can be paid annually or biannually (click here for the formclick here for the form) and is used to fund the various programs and events that are host by DBEN over the year.  Membership should be forwarded to the attention the Treasurer, Claudett McDonald at J. Clarke Richardson.  Cheques should be made payable to the Durham Black Educators’ Network. Receipts will be provided.


In closing, I would like to share a short video of one of our young men, speaks of the power that education has brought to his life and that he will carry forward in his classrooms:


Wishing you well and have a great year.

Warmest Regards,

Eleanor McIntosh
Chair, Durham Black Educators’ Network