OUR COMMUNITY HEROES
Stacy-Ann Buchanan is a professionally trained theater and film actress but also is a leader in the black community in the area of mental health. She is a Motivational Leader and Mental Health Advocate where she shares her powerful journey towards her own success while inspiring others to turn their Pain into Power and to Make their Passion their Paycheck. She runs a podcast called The Blind Stigma that focuses on mental health in the black community. The Blind Stigma was first a documentary, gave a voice to Black Canadians living with mental illness, and won multiple Canadian awards. Stacy-Ann is a true powerhouse. She founded The Mystic Effect event featuring a combination of fashion, poetry, music and art - giving a stage to many black Canadians. Stacy-Ann's ability to share her own journey has allowed others to have a voice. She is an incredible community hero, breaking down the stigma of mental health for people of all colours, but especially the black communities. She inspires everyone around her.
Oliva has supported her community during COVID-19 through her family's restaurant Ellen's Place where they have donated meals to local healthcare workers on the front lines, and arranging delivery of hot mealsto hospitals downtown alongside the organization Operation Head to Toe. Olivia is a full time Echo Sonographer at a local hospital, and spends her evenings and weekends volunteering for MLSE Launchpad - a program designed to explore and measure how sport can help improve the lives of youth. Since the center closed during COVID-19, Olivia has hosted several online trivia nights to raise money for the organization. Thank you, Olivia!
Sandra volunteers for a local grassroots team of people offering 100% contactless delivery to help local restaurants through COVID-19, spearheading the recruitment process of getting restaurants to sign up. Their service is no charge to the restaurants or the guests. Sandra also encourages and accept donations of canned goods and cash which is donated to Daily Bread Food Bank in Etobicoke. This service is entirely built with intention to help small restaurant owners stay afloat and keep a few staff employed during this pandemic, and helps less people be out getting take out as a result. She is also a scout leader and has volunteered her time at local community events. Sandra is an amazing, selfless person and we are so happy to honor her!
Daniel Lauzon, who runs Food For Now, is out helping Toronto's homeless community, working tirelessly to collect water, meals, clothing, tents, PPE and more. Food For Now is not just about food, but helping one person at a time. Taking care of the homeless makes for a stronger community. "When we all do a little, it can do so much", says Daniel, creator of this incredible initiative. You can learn more and donate to this cause on his website. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoodforNow
Michelle Beaton started the Neighbourhood Window Walk which encourages families to spend the morning decorating a window in their house with the theme of the day. Then, in the afternoon, head out for some fresh air and try to spot as many other decorated windows as possible in their communities. Thank you, Michelle, for your positivity & creativity!