Join moderator Colleen James as she talks with panelists Marjorie-Ann Knight, Fiona Jimenez and Tim Sargeant in a follow up discussion to our 2020 Rhythm and Blues Black History Month event. We’ll take a look into what has changed and what has stayed the same for members of our Black community. Our panelists will discuss where our community is now in 2021 after a historic year full of opportunities and challenges. The discussion will be followed by an open Q&A session. Everyone is welcome!
The event will be held on zoom and on our Facebook event page. You only need to register once per viewing device to participate on zoom. To watch on Facebook, there is no registration required. Simply visit our Facebook event page to watch at the scheduled time.
See our other Rhythm & Blues Black History Month programs here.
Fiona Jimenez, Activist and Youth Outreach Coordinator
Born on the Island of Dominica in the Caribbean and coming to Canada at the age of 2, Fiona Jimenez has lived a full life of struggle growing up black in the small city of Cambridge, Ontario. A Christian wife and mother of 4 ranging from ages 2-15, to say Fiona lives a busy life is an understatement. Fiona left her career with the Peel District School Board in 2016 and is now working at her church where she is the Youth Outreach Coordinator and runs an after school drop in center called Drop-In N’ Chill. This new title of advocacy for her black community has been a welcomed addition to her busy lifestyle. Fiona was always saddened hearing about the cruelty that would take place against black people around the world. In spring of 2020 the killing of George Floyd sparked something different in her which prompted her to take a closer look at her own circumstance. What Fiona discovered is that it was time to stand up and speak out against the systemic racism and undermining she was facing in her own life and what she was seeing her children experience in their lives. It was time to shed light on what was happening right here in Cambridge. Fiona wanted to do something but also wanted to do things differently than what she was seeing around her and across the world. She decided to do a rally that would be a stand together statement against racism. Fiona wanted to bridge the gap between those who she felt was mistreating the black people in her community by bringing the two communities together to make a difference. Her rallies were peaceful and ones where the police and law enforcement were invited to attend to show they were truly for change. To Fiona it is more important to get the conversation going rather than to spark more fire in order to see a real change. Her goal has been and always will be to create a better Cambridge for her children to grow up in.
Tim Sargeant, Teacher
Tim Sargeant is a high school teacher with the Waterloo Region District School Board. He has spent many years working with in-risk students and is a strong believer in creating opportunities for youth to reach their full potential. Tim has recently assisted in starting up and co-leading the Black Student Union (BSU) at his school. He is inspired by his wife and 3 children who have challenged him to do more. In his free time, Tim enjoys strong coffee, working out, and continues to search for the perfect donut.
Marjorie Knight, Community Advocate
Marjorie has a lot of lived experience when it comes to the challenges of precarious work and raising a family. She became a community advocate for the $15 and Fairness Campaign, and pushed for changes to the Labour relations Act, The Employment Standards Act, and to the increase of the Minimum wage. She is passionate about advocating for those who struggle due to inadequate income and services. In 2018 Marjorie took her first step into politics, and ran for the Cambridge Riding in the Provincial Election. Though unsuccessful, she continues to be active in her community, advocating for those affected by poverty and homelessness. She is presently employed as a Family Outreach Worker with the House of Friendship in Cambridge.
Colleen James, Panel Moderator
Colleen is a Professor at Conestoga College and the Founder and Principal Consultant of Divonify Inc.