CaribbeanTales is a registered Canadian charity (no. 87896 4618 RR0001) that creates, markets and distributes educational programs and products intended to promote racial equality in Canada.
Our mandate is to foster and encourage intercultural understanding and citizen participation through the creation and distribution of educational films, videos, theatre as well as new media programs, products and resource materials that reflect the diversity and creativity of Caribbean-Canadian heritage culture.
Since its incorporation in 2001, CaribbeanTales’ targeted activities have included:
- Community screenings of “A Winter Tale” targeted to selected audiences, including Black and Caribbean-Canadian communities in major Canadian cities; schools, racialized, and “at risk” students.
- The Literature Alive Project (funded by Canadian Heritage) is a multi facetted multi-media project that celebrates and features three generations of Caribbean Canadian literary achievement, from Austin Clarke to Dbi Young.
- The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (inaugurated in 2006)
- CaribbeanTales Youth Film Festival (CTYFF) Celebrating Black History Month (founded in 2009)
- The CaribbeanTales Incubator (CTI) Program
- The CaribbeanTales E-newsletter (since 2003)
Director & Chair Person
Anne-Marie is an independent management consultant with over thirty years’ experience in helping to create and lead effective organisations. Her professional career spans the public, private and voluntary sectors. She also consults to international development agencies. Her areas of expertise usually focus on Diversity and Equity and include: Organizational change management ; Strategic planning and implementation; Human resources management and development; Policy and program evaluation. Previously, she served as an Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ontario Government. Prior to this, she was Superintendent of Human Resources at the Toronto Board of Education where she had overall accountability for the recruitment, development and placement of educational administrators and teachers at every level in the system. She began her professional career in the private sector as a Senior Organization Development Consultant to the President at ManuLife with responsibility for recruiting and training senior officers across Canada and the United States.
Director & Secretary
Denise Herrera-Jackson is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival. Her other titles include: Member Programming Committee- Harbourfront Centre; Founding Board member, Caribbean Tales; Director, Caribbean-Canadian Literary Expo; theatre producer; Committee member of YWCA Women of Distinction Awards. She is an Information Technology consultant in several industries including Imperial Oil Limited, IBM Canada, Bell Canada, SOCAN, Sunlife Canada, Hewlett Packard, CIBC, Spamedica Cosmetic Surgery, Ministry of Finance and boutique technology companies. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario; and gained her Master from York University MES.
Director & Treasurer
Susan is an Accounts Executive at C.H.Hill Post Production Services. Previously, she was the General Manager at CaribbeanTales responsible for financial, personnel and contract management. She was Project Manager on many of their film and television projects., including Line Producer on the 26-part documentary series, Literature Alive, and on the first season of Heart Beat. She was the Producer on the award-winning feature film, A Winter Tale. Before joining the company in May 2003, Susan worked as an Administrator, Manager, Accountant and Fund-raiser for a range of non-profit organizations.
Hon Jean Augustine was appointed as the first Fairness Commissioner for Ontario in March 2007. She cares passionately about education and the challenges faced by newcomers to the province.Ms. Augustine attended the University of Toronto, where she earned bachelor of arts and master of education degrees. She became an elementary school principal with the Metropolitan Separate School Board in Toronto. From 1988 until 1993, she was chair of the Metro Toronto Housing Authority. Ms. Augustine was the first African-Canadian woman to be elected to the House of Commons. She was elected in the riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore in 1993 and sat in Parliament until 2006. During this time, she served as minister of state for multiculturalism and the status of women, sat on several standing committees, and was a deputy Speaker. She also played a major role as parliamentary secretary to the prime minister.
Leroy Crosse was educated at the University of the West Indies, Guelph University (where he studied Physics), and York University’s Osgoode Hall. He taught high school in St Kitts, Barbados and the Virgin Islands, and was a Physics Tutor at the University of Toronto and at Guelph University, before going into private practice as a Barrister and Solicitor specialising in Criminal Law, Appeals, Family Law, Civil Litigation, Youth Court, and Real Estate.
Mr. Denham Jolly is President, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder at Milestone Radio Inc. He owns and operates Tyndall Nursing Home and is the principal shareholder of B.D. Jolly Holdings which owns and operates real estate properties. Denham is a former publisher of CONTRAST, Toronto’s weekly Black community newspaper, and was founder and first president of the Black Business and Professional Association of Toronto. He is named in the Who’s Who of Ontario and the International Who’s Who of Professionals. He has served on the Board of Governors for a number of community organizations. Mr. Jolly is the recipient of two medals for his community service including Canada’s 101st Commemorative Medal and the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. He is also a recognized philanthropist.
John is a composer, producer and arranger of music for television and film. Scoring highlights include the television series Road To Avonlea, My Friend Rabbit, The Mighty Jungle. and Franklin and Friends. Television movies include Stolen Miracle, Murder Most Likely, and Borrowed Hearts. Documentary films scored include James Cameron and Simcha Jacobivici’s The Lost Tomb Of Jesus, and David Suzuki’s The Sacred Balance. Welsman is a five time Gemini Award winner, having won the 1990, 1992, 1995 and 1996 Gemini Awards for ‘Best Original Score for a Series’ for Road To Avonlea, as well as the 1994 Gemini Award for ‘Best Original Score for a Program or Mini-Series’ for The Bellringer. He also won, with co-writer Cherie Camp, the 2010 Genie for ‘Achievement in Music – Original Song’ for ‘Oh Love’ from the multi Genie nominated feature Nurse.Fighter.Boy. In all he has earned twelve Gemini Award nominations for his work.