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Canadian Black History in the Making : Youth Panel

Black History Month

Join us for an inspiring evening and a chance to meet three remarkable young Black Canadians, Laura Doyle Péan, Awa Hanane Diagne and Odobie Mcallister.  Poet and writers, founders, educators, entrepreneurs, prestigious scholarship winners and leaders of social justice!  All by the age of 20! Laura, Awa and Odobie will talk about their courageous leadership projects and the challenges they had to overcome.  Ottawa Public Library is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting young Canadian leaders in the making.  Register to receive the zoom link or join us on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube at 7pm on February 8th. 


Awa Hanane Diagne founded a non for profit The woke Folk at 17 years old to fund education for girls in Africa. She is also a Loran Scholar.

Odobie Macllister, a young 16 year-old who lives with Sickle Cell Disease, created her own business to attain financial freedom. 

Laura Doyle Péan, at 20 years old, was a bookseller and graduate of the Communications and Cinema program at Cégep Limoilou. Laura is a poet and activist and is studying law at McGill University. 

The panel will be moderated by Biba Tinga, President of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Canada. Born in Niger, West Africa, Biba immigrated to Canada where she brings a wealth of experience and longstanding dedication to improving conditions for people with sickle cell disease. She also serves on the Board of Directors of GASCDO, the Global Alliance for Sickle Cell Disease Organizations.  

Awa Hanane DiagneOdobie McallisterLoura Doyle Pean