I help build supportive and inclusive communities that encourage connection and celebrate individuality and culture. Every year, The Hive and 1COMMUNITY1 sponsor a potluck community gathering for anyone who would like to attend. We would love to see you! Dates TBA
I have been involved with UpNext Durham since it began as UpNext Ajax. It is an exciting 3-week Digital Skills Development Program that offers youth in Durham Region the opportunity to gain real world experience and skills. Support a young person by letting them know about UpNext Durham.
Durham College Advisory
Since 2016, I have been part of Durham College's Food & Farming Program Advisory Committee as Co-owner/Director of The Hive Centre and Bee & Bee. I offer insight about food trends and sustainable business practices within the industry and community. The Hive is thrilled to support Durham College's field-to-fork programs.
My partner and I have been out in the community representing the corporation that we founded in 2009 – 1COMMUNITY1. We've been listening to the concerns, needs and wants of the community and will be using the feedback to evolve 1C1. Read the November edition of Elsii E-News.
January was a storm of activity with much needed days of rest and play in between. Fresh into February and looking forward to what this month has in store! Click to read Elsii E-News.
What Makes You You?
What a different world it would be if we were able to use our strengths, abilities and interests to service ourselves and our communities? I love hearing people talk about what makes them tick - there are so many around us with talents unknown. View the video.
Black History Month in Durham
On behalf of the Durham Welcome Centres, it was a privilege to help coordinate activities related to Black History Month. In collaboration with the Congress of Black Women of Canada (CBWC), the Whitby Public Library and Cultural Expressions Art Gallery, we held a panel discussion about the past, present and future of the black community.
UOIT Capstone Project
A UOIT Capstone project by Faculty of Business and Information Technology students helped the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre develop a new, interactive youth-oriented employment game called emplay. I was delighted to be part of the team! "emplay" was nominated for a $5000 Capstone award and was praised from an educational and technological perspective at "Level Up 2013". Learn more.
Community and Economy
Through 1COMMUNITY1, we are working on a special assignment with the Town of Ajax, Economic Development Department. We have been speaking with business owners and CEOs to learn about the key factors that help their businesses succeed. The theme that continuously surfaces is the importance of community in building and growing business. More soon!
We have been out and about quite a lot – learning from local businesses, attending community functions and enjoying attractions in the region. I hope you take time to get to know the incredible people, places and spaces right here in the Durham Region. Click to read Elsii E-News.
Hail the Honey Bee!
Industrious Hive's are arising to fuel economic development in the Durham Region. We attended the Spark Centre opening to celebrate their beautiful new space in downtown Oshawa. We were thrilled to see the Hive and Honey Bee theme everywhere!
1C1, DC, Clarington
Recently, Ali Hirji, Project Manager of the AI Hub at Durham College, my partner and I met with Mayor Foster, Clarington and CBOT representatives for discussions related to AI initiatives in our municipality. We look forward to exciting times ahead!
We are moving ahead on a collaborative project with Durham College’s AI Hub under the direction and guidance of Vibha Tyagi. Big thanks to Mayor Adrian Foster and the Municipality of Clarington for endorsing and supporting our joint efforts! More info soon.
My partner and I attended and documented the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre's (DRUHC) 36th Annual General Meeting in September. Guest Speaker, Angela Hoyt, spoke of significant changes to employment service delivery in Ontario over the next couple of years. Addressing the needs of employers and job seekers through innovation and collaboration will be key! Click to view a short video of the event.