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    We are fostering black entrepreneurship across Canada.

    There is a wealth of entrepreneurial talent and a hunger for innovation that are within our community. The Dream Legacy Foundation (DLF) is working towards unlocking that full potential.

     

    Founded by Isaac Olowolafe Jr., the DLF is a philanthropic organization that serves as a diversity and an inclusion social thought leader advocating for the millions of talented Black Citizens and historically underrepresented communities.

    Meet the Team and Board Members

    Lin Furguson - Board Member - Dream Legacy Foundation

    Lin Ferguson  |  BOARD MEMBER

     

    Lin Ferguson is currently the Executive Director for the Rhema Foundation Canada, a global charity that approaches the human condition from a holistic approach. Lin was recently recognized for her leadership by her local MP, Michael Levitt, for her leadership in February during the Black History Month of this year.

    Ike Okafor - Board Member - Dream Legacy Foundation

    Ike Okafor  |  BOARD MEMBER

     

    Ike Okafor works at the Office of Health Professions Student Affairs as the Senior Officer, Service Learning and Diversity Outreach. A central focus of his work at the University of Toronto has been working collaboratively with university divisions, student groups and community organizations to promote access to post-secondary education, particularly the University of Toronto.

    Warren-Salmon - Board Member - Dream Legacy Foundation

    Warren G. Salmon  |  BOARD MEMBER

     

    Warren G. Salmon founded Black Board International, a software company, in order to provide a variety of technology-based products and services with culturally inclusive content. Black Board currently offers programs that are used by thousands of children and adults in educational institutes and homes around the world.

    Symone Walters - Board Member - Dream Legacy Foundation

    Symone Walters  |  BOARD MEMBER

     

    Symone Walters is a community activist and social entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience supporting Black youth and building community organizations. She joins us from the Toronto Community Benefits Network and previously the Duke Heights BIA. Her time is dedicated to initiatives that focus on economic sustainability and capacity building of minority-owned businesses.

    Isaac Olowolafe Jr.- Founder - Dream Legacy Foundation

    Isaac Olowolafe Jr. | FOUNDER

     

    Isaac Olowolafe Jr. is a entrepreneur, business owner, and philanthropist. He established The Dream Maker Realty/Olowolafe Family Scholarship Award at the University of Toronto, the largest endowment for African Studies in any Canadian University.

    Eldon Holder Jr - Executive Director - Dream Legacy Foundation

    Eldon Holder Jr.  |  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

     

    Eldon Holder Jr. is an award-winning HR professional in defence and cybersecurity who has developed workforce planning policies, and talent management strategies for the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Eldon funded and led the Connecting The Dots Project, a national initiative, that established a Canadian network of Black leaders working towards positive change.

    Our Vision and Value

    Our Vision

     

    We envision an inclusive market economy in which systemic barriers are eradicated and the contributions of underrepresented groups are amplified and valued.

     

    Our Value

     

    To keep Paying It Forward for a more economically inclusive Canada, where your talents, resilience and content of character are what truly counts.

     

    Our Mission

     

    We support grassroots capacity building and promote economic inclusion of marginalized communities as a viable and innovative way to create a more representative, sustainable, inclusive, and harmonious society.

     

    Our Commitment

     

    Our commitment is to changing the narrative for Black communities through social and economic inclusion approaches, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy.

     

    Our programs and initiatives include:

    Priorities and Competencies

    STRATEGIC PRIORITY

    • Building a Community Capacity Impact Fund
    • Building a healthy fund to support DLFs key focus areas.
    • Being a lead national voice on the strategic importance of investing in the economic infrastructure and entrepreneurial capabilities of Blacks and other racialized Canadians.

    AREAS OF COMPETENCY AND EXPERTISE

    Preferred skills, competencies and assets

    • Believes that Canada is their home and country too
    • Respected community and business leader
    • Awareness of the UN Decade for People of African Descent
    • Understanding of fund development
    • Accounting and risk management
    • Philanthropy
    • Knowledge of government decision-making
    • Understanding of the Social Determinants of Health index
    • Understanding of stakeholder engagement, communications, and public relations
    • Knowledge of the Not-for profits and Social Finance sectors
    • Knowledge of the key community issues affecting Canada’s visible minority communities

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