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2017 NBCC Youth Award Winner – Megah Tornwe

The NBCC Youth Award for achieving academic excellence & or delivering exceptional programs and services in any area of the Black Community or society at large.

 

  • Born in Nigeria
  • Sociology – Criminology – Psychology
  • Human Rights
  • Community Organizations
  • 2Bros Lawn Services
  • Youth Empowerment Group
  • Youth Advocate 2015
  • Criminal Justice System
  • High Risk Youth Outreach
  • Edmonton Police Service
  • Youth Transit Access Program
  • Native Youth Justice Committee
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Minister of Heritage
  • Anti-Black Racism
  • Engage African Youth

 

Megah was born in Nigeria and immigrated to Edmonton with his family at the age of 8 years. He is a graduate of Mac Ewan University with a Major in Sociology, with a Criminology specialization & a minor in Psychology.

He believes that humans fail from not removing certain stumbling blocks that caused the difficulty in the first place. Me-gah started to participate on boards of various student bodies, professional groups & community organizations dealing with human rights & community activism. He revitalized the African-Caribbean Club that grew to 175 members while at Mac Ewan. While in school Me-gah worked part time as a Project Coordinator at St. John’s Institute . He coordinated the delivery of the Africa Centre’s youth mentorship, youth rights & after school programming. In his current role as a Youth Advocate/High Risk Worker, he is responsible for the effective delivery of programming to isolate factors influencing re-cid-iv-ism rate & employment barriers, faced by young people attributed to past criminal behavior.

He is an active volunteer with numerous committees including Youth Transit Access Program & Afro Quiz. He is a Community Outreach Worker for his RCCG Rhema Church. He volunteers with the Edmonton Coalition for Human Rights & has made tremendous strides towards the education & engagement of the black community. In 2016 he acted as a delegate on behalf of the African Community at a roundtable discussion with the Minister of Heritage. He is the acting secretary of the Edmonton Native Youth Justice Committee, Me-gah is a firm believer in the philosophy that “No generation should ever start from scratch” & we must lay down proper foundations to guide forthcoming generations.

 

2017 NBCC Youth Award Winner – Dunia Nur

The NBCC Youth Award for achieving academic excellence & or delivering exceptional programs and services in any area of the Black Community or society at large.

 

  • Born in Somalia
  • MacEwan & Norquest
  • 5 years Community Development
  • Sharing Circles – WrapEd Project
  • Community Sustainability – Social Equity
  • First Nations- Immigrant-Refugees
  • Native Youth Justice Committee
  • Community Development Project
  • Youth Empowerment Support Services
  • African & Ethno-cultural Communities
  • Anti-Oppression Practice
  • Youth Voices & Choices
  • Community Engagement Approach

 

Ms. Nur was born in Somalia, & immigrated to Canada with her family.
She graduated from Mac Ewan University with a Bachelor of Child & Youth Care Degree and a Social Work Diploma with a multi-cultural focus from Norquest University. Ms. Nur has over 5 years of community development experience, & creating social capital in the form of civic engagement, psycho-educational groups, mentorship programs, facilitating sharing circles & always working towards community sustainability focusing on social equity. Ms. Nur is currently supervising the WrapEd Federal project in partnership with 5 non-profit organizations. The focus is on First Nations, immigrant & refugee youth who are at risk of engaging in gang activity. She has volunteered for the Edmonton Native Justice Committee & has been a Human Rights Advocate for Amnesty International Edmonton.

Dunia is also coordinating the mentorship program at the Africa Center which focuses on fostering healthy relationships, professional development, healing interactions & to empower youth from the African & ethno—cultural communities. Dunia is inspired by bringing people together from the community to identify common challenges and provide collective solutions.
Ubantu…”I AM because we ARE”

 

2016 NBCC Youth Award Winner – Omar Abdullahi

The NBCC Youth Award for achieving academic excellence & or delivering exceptional programs and services in any area of the Black Community or society at large.

 

  • Born in Somalia
  • Political Science
  • Education Policy
  • Council Member
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Engage African Youth
  • Difference in the Community
  • At Risk Youth
  • Program Coordinator
  • Catholic Social Services
  • Leadership Training
  • Youth & Community Building

 

2016 NBCC Youth Award Winner – Reakash Walters

The NBCC Youth Award for achieving academic excellence & or delivering exceptional programs and services in any area of the Black Community or society at large.

 

  • Bachelor of Professional Communication
  • Involved in politics
  • Community Builder/Worker
  • Social /Equality/Justice
  • Active worker Community Building
  • Nomination Campaign NDP
  • Premier Rachel Notley
  • Community Initiatives
  • Public Interest Alberta
  • Amarjeet Sohi Re-election
  • Helping young people
  • People of minority

 

2015 NBCC Youth Award Winner – Morenike E. Olaosebikan

The NBCC Youth Award for achieving academic excellence & or delivering exceptional programs and services in any area of the Black Community or society at large.

Morenike E. Olaosebikan

  • Born in Nigeria
  • 2003 – Arrived in Canada
  • BSc in General Biological Sciences
    GPA – 3.8/4.0
  • BSc Pharm (First Call Honors) Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Qualified as a pharmacist at age 25
  • Associate owner of Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Teacher/Lecturer of Pharmacy
  • Has had various publications
  • Founded and established Ribbon Rouge in 2006 to fund raise for HIV Awareness
  • Ribbon Rouge has raised over $30,000
  • Owner Arewa Fashion

 

2014 NBCC Youth Award Winner – Petros Kusmu

The NBCC Youth Award for achieving academic excellence & or delivering exceptional programs and services in any area of the Black Community or society at large.

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Petros-Kusmu

  • Born & raised in Edmonton
  • Resided in Eriteria 7 years
  • President of U of A Student’s Union
  • Member U of A Board of Governor
  • Awareness of major student issues
  • Supervise overall administration of SU
  • Coordinate Executive Committee
  • Honors program Economics – Pol Science
  • Elected 4 times – Arts Councilor
  • Co-founded Student Network for Advocacy & Public Policy
  • Twice President U of A Musician’s Club
  • Washington DC – Interned
  • Obama re-election Campaign
  • Republican Youth Convention
  • Roosevelt Institute
  • Election Campaigns
  • Band Quordal Fusion
  • Student Network for Advocacy & Public Policy
  • U of Musicians Club
  • Washington DC
  • Obama for America re-election
  • Republican Youth Convention
  • Roosevelt Institute Campus Network
  • Several Election Campaigns