Velma Morgan is a leader with proven experience in creating and implementing policies and programs in the provincial government for over 10 years. Her comprehensive knowledge of government and public policy processes allows her to quickly decipher and analyze complex issues and positively contributes to a solution.
Velma’s recent work in government included working on the highly successful Pan/Para Pan American Games, the creation of the province’s Sports plan and the creation and passing of two legislations: The Ontario Immigration Act and Ontario Black History Month. She co-organized the first Black Political Leader summit in Nova Scotia.
Through her positions in the provincial government and work in education, she ensured that the voices of marginalized communities were reflected in policies and government’s communications. She also helped to strengthen collaborative ties between racialized communities, youth and government in new and innovative ways.
As Chair of Operation Black Vote Canada, she is the co-architect of the 1834 Fellowship and the architect of the first ever- Black Community provincial leaders debate, Black Women’s Political Summit and Next Generation Political Summit. Velma is also involved in a myriad of community and not-for-profit associations. She continues to participate in election campaigns at the Municipal, Provincial and Federal levels across Ontario.
Annamie Paul is a lawyer, international affairs expert and social entrepreneur from Toronto. She holds a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa and speaks four languages. Annamie is an inaugural Action Canada Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow, a member of the Recruitment of Policy Leaders Program, member of the University of Ottawa Common Law Honour Society and a recipient of the Harry Jerome Award. She has worked in diverse roles, in global conflict prevention, the International Criminal Court and Canada’s Mission to the EU. Annamie has founded two social non-profits and has launched and supported non-partisan organizations that have helped women and minorities to enter Canadian politics. She is a first generation Canadian of Caribbean heritage and is married with two sons.
Robyn Taylor is the National Program Coordinator for the 1834 Fellowship. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, she is passionate about municipal politics, economic policy and Black community empowerment. Through her work, she hopes to see more young, Black leaders in decision making spaces, pursuing equitable policy measures with a strong community focus. She is extremely delighted to be working with the awesome Fellows.