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August 2018

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BFLN Quarterly Lunches & Dinners

East End Sistahs
Rescheduled BBQ / Potluck at Charlena Claxton’s House
The June 23 event was cancelled due to weather. New date & time to be confirmed.
Significant others, family members and children welcome
Near Rossland Road and Brock Street, Whitby
Email charlenaclaxton@gmail.com and maraclarke1@gmail.com for address and to RSVP
Kitchen and BBQ available for use.

West End Sistahs 

Thursday August 23, 2018, 12:30pm
Canyon Creek Restaurant, Square One, Mississauga
RSVP: August 21, Click here

Toronto Central Sistahs
Central Sistahs
Wednesday July 4, 2018, 12 noon
Stratus Restaurant
TD South Tower, 79 Wellington Street West, 36th floor, Toronto
RSVP: July 2, Click here

Summer BBQ
Saturday August 11, 2018, 1pm – 4pm.
Family & Friends welcome
Food & Drink: Event will be catered. $15 per person
Patience’s house – near O’Connor and Greenwood, Toronto. RSVP for exact address.
RSVP: August 4, Click here

North End Sistahs

Interested in meeting up with Sistahs-in-Law working/living north of Toronto?
(Brampton, Vaughan, Richmond Hill and North York)?
Yes? Click here

Spread the word! Invite a friend

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The Black Female Lawyers Network (BFLN) invites you to join us for high tea on Saturday June 2, 2018 at 1pm. We will be celebrating and honouoring the legacy of Violet Pauline King Henry, the first black woman called to the bar in Canada. Come and learn about Violet and join us in discussing how we can each (whatever our creed, colour or career) continue to fulfil Violet’s legacy of excellence and perserverance. As we enjoy high tea, there will be time for mentoring, sharing and plenty of laughter. Bring your business cards.

Tickets – $75 per adult. Tickets are are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Guests – This networking event is open to lawyers and non-lawyers. Invite a friend, colleague or client. We encourage you to bring your own sistah. #BYOSistah. If you’d like to bring a little sistah (aged 12 years and under), please email the BLFN at info@bfln.ca.

Dress code – It’s high tea so feel free to be as comfortable or as fabulous as you wish. Fascinators/hats/headwraps are optional. Please try to incorporate the colour purple into your outfit as an ode to Violet, Wakanda and a continuation of the celebration of International Women’s Day.

Charity – We would like to make a donation to Herizon House – an Ajax-based shelter for abused women and their children. Feel no obligation but, if you would like to make a donation, please bring a cheque made payable to Herizon House (which is a registered Canadian charity). Herizon House is able to issue tax receipts so please make sure that you include your address details with your cheque. Charity details available here: http://www.herizonhouse.com/

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Please see the FAQs below. If you have any further questions, please email the BLFLN at info@bfln.ca.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

There is no minimum age to enter. However, as there may be alcohol served at the event, please bring your photo ID. If you bring a guest who is under the legal age for alcohol consumption, please flag this to wait staff so this person will not be served alcohol.

What can I bring into the event?

If you would like to make a donation to Herizon House, an Ajax-based abused shelter for women and their children, please bring a cheque payable to Herizon House.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email your questions to info@bfln.ca

What’s the refund policy?

Due to the fact that we will have reserved seating with the venue, and out of respect for the fact that the BFLN is a not for profit organisation, all tickets are non-refundable.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

It would help us if you were to print your ticket and bring that with you. However, if you forget, do not worry. Please ask for the Black Female Lawyers Network or the BFLN upon arrival.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, of course.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Your ticket can be transferred to the guest of your choice.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

Of course.

Reclaiming & Rebranding – Creating a Personal Brand Action Plan

Thursday, September 21, 2017

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Join us for a seminar with Cher Jones, a renowned and much sought after social media trainer and personal branding strategist. Ms. Jones will be presenting a customized training session for us that will teach us how we can utilize social media and online resources to market ourselves in a competitive legal environment. This session is for anyone feeling like their online presence is somewhat lacking or who is looking to take their social media game to the next level.

One lucky attendee will win a FREE 1 hour one-to-one virtual consultation with Ms. Jones. A name will be selected on the night. Consultation to occur before December 31, 2017 at a time to be agreed between the winner and Ms. Jones.

Social Media Trainer & Personal Branding Strategist, Socially Active

Website: www.sociallyactivetraining.com

CPD accreditation is pending

Tickets are $35 (including taxes & fees, one glass of wine and some light snacks).



Friday, August 11, 2017

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Drake Hotel Patio


RSVP by August 3, 2017

BFLN Speakers Series – Gender, Diversity and Canadian Democracy – How can Women of Colour Forge a Path into Politics?

Celina Caesar Chavannes
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development

Celina Caesar-Chavannes is the Member of Parliament for Whitby.

Celina has deep roots in Whitby, where she lives with her husband and three children. Prior to her election, she was a successful entrepreneur and the recipient of the Toronto Board of Trade’s Business Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012 and the 2007 Black Business and Professional Association’s Harry Jerome Young Entrepreneur Award. In addition, she has worked with a variety of private, government and non-government organizations as a celebrated research consultant. As a result of her work, Celina is a well-known international lecturer on the inclusion of marginalized populations in clinical research.

Celina has a Bachelor of Science, an MBA in Healthcare Management and an Executive MBA. She is a past member of the Governing Council at the University of Toronto, and past Vice Chair of Campus Council at University of Toronto Scarborough. She also sat as member of the Institutional Advisory Board with CIHR’s Institute of Neuroscience Mental Health and Addiction, and is a member of the Congress of Black Women.

Celina currently serves as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development and is an active and engaged member of several Interparliamentary Associations and Friendship groups.

This remarkable event will be moderated by Emily Mills.

Emily Mills knows what it’s like to ‘hustle’ and juggle it all – she is a senior communications officer at CBC Toronto; she is the founder of the How She Hustles network that connects 5000 diverse women through social media and special events; and, she’s a proud wife and mother. Emily’s latest passion project is HERtory in Black, a Toronto-based digital photo series of 150 inspiring black women that was featured nationally by the CBC for Black History Month and Canada’s 150th anniversary.

This year, Emily was also named a CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow – one of 25 rising city leaders making an impact across the GTHA – and is a champion for female entrepreneurs through SheEO. In 2015, Emily was nominated for a YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Award, named one of 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada and received the inaugural Women’s Empowerment Award at the Black Canadian Awards. She holds degrees in journalism and music, and has studied public relations. Connect with her on Twitter or Instagram @howshehustles.

In this edition of the BFLN speakers series, we will be discussing with MP Caesar-Chavannes her trajectory into politics and more broadly touching on:

  • the paths to a career in politics;
  • The qualities which are essential to have a successful career in politics; and
  • the unique challenges faced by women of colour in politics

Dentons Canada LLP
77 King Street West, Suite 400 | Toronto, ON M5K 0A1

Sign up now. Space is limited.

There will be time for Q&A. If you would like to send questions in advance, please email info@bfln.ca.

LSUC Practice Review and Spot Audits

Thursday March 16, 2017

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Bay Adelaide Centre, East Tower

22 Adelaide St W, S 3400, Toronto, ON M5H-4E3