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BLACKS Career Conversation Series: Breaking Barriers – Network to Get Work

Date: Jun. 3, 2021

Time: 6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.

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Black Leadership, Ambition, Collective Knowledge and Success (BLACKS) is a Career Conversation Series in partnership with Black Mentorship Inc. (BMI), Sheridan's Career-Integrated Learning services, and the Alumni Relations team. Students will hear from Sheridan alumni who are successful Black professionals about their experiences, success stories, career advice, and how they were able to overcome obstacles throughout their journey.

Join us on Thursday, June 3rd for a panel discussion on Breaking Barriers – Network to Get Work. Learn about the importance of advancing the dialogue to break down barriers of employment and career success, and understanding the value of networking.


Evangeline ChimaEvangeline Chima is the founder of Black Mentorship Inc. BMI – an organization dedicated to fostering the professional growth and personal expansion of Black professionals. BMI was born out of her personal experiences as a Black professional woman in Canada.


Melissa Thomas

Human Resources Management, 2014

Melissa Thomas

Melissa Thomas is currently the Human Resources Business Partner at Rexall Pharmacy Group Ltd. and has been working in Human Resources since 2014. She attended McMaster University and achieved her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Health Studies and then went on to pursue a post-graduate certificate at Sheridan College in Human Resources Management.

Anansia Leslie

Early Childhood Leadership, 2018

Anansia Leslie

Anansia Leslie graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Leadership from Sheridan in 2018. Shortly after she relocated to Yellowknife and is currently the Supervisor at the Territorial Treatment Centre. During her time in Yellowknife, she has worked for the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) as a Family Preservation worker, Crisis support worker at the sobering centre, & women’s shelter. She is also the Vice President of a non-profit organization called the Black Advocacy Coalition up North aka BACupNORTH fighting for equal opportunities for Black people across the NWT.

Mark Stoddart

Illustration, 1992

Mark Stoddart

Mark Stoddart is a professor in Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design, as well as an artist that combines a passion for art and sports with a spirit of social activism and commitment to educate and unite. Stoddart is also the owner of a clothing brand, LIWI68 (Live It Wear It) that features different lines that amplify the messages of empowerment and legacy featured in his art. Last summer, Stoddart co-designed the Black Lives Matter tribute apparel worn by the Toronto Raptors, again, using arts and sports activism to galvanize audiences around the world for a common goal. Stoddart also gives back to his own community in Scarborough as a volunteer with RISE Edutainment — creating safe and inclusive spaces for youth and emerging artists to express themselves in a positive way.

Date: Thursday, June 3, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Register now for Breaking Barriers – Network to Get Work

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Black Mentorship Inc. strengthens Black People leadership by providing access and training to increase awareness, self-esteem, confidence and communication to navigate problem solving for all ages. By providing young Black People with leaders who have walked in their shoes and who they can relate to, we give them the courage and exposure to develop their potentials.

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