MEET NINANDOTOO SOCIETY

Our organization’s name, Ninandotoo Society, comes from the Swahili word ‘nina ndoto’ which translates to ‘I have a dream.’ We added another o at the end, because we have a dream “too”!

After supporting “Black Shirt Day,” which received overwhelming support around  the world on January 15, 2021,  the members of Ninandotoo Society created the Black Excellence Day initiative. We chose to create our own event after consulting with various community members, including Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, and BC Human Rights Commission, who all voiced that the words ‘Black shirt’ and seeing people march wearing black shirts brought up traumatic experiences of Holocaust survivors.

Being truly anti-racist is about inclusion for all and Black Excellence Day was born. Despite moving away from “Black Shirt Day,” the meaning of Black Excellence Day remains the same: acknowledging the ongoing civil rights struggle of Black and racialized Canadians and fighting for mandatory curriculum on Black history.

Director

Temi Omotola

Temi is most fulfilled when helping women achieve their financial and career goals. She has been able to train women and young girls to start out their online businesses

Temi is married to her childhood sweetheart Ola and a mum of 3 beautiful children. Temi and Ola moved to Canada and are raising their family of 5 in a townhouse in Vancouver. Her day job is as an IT Professional, and she's got about 15 years’ experience in this field.

In her spare time, she counsels and consult for new immigrants in Canada and provides them with valuable information that enables them to settle seamlessly in their new home/country. This is her way of giving back to her immediate community. She loves making people happy and she has channeled her creative persona to meet this goal by creating custom decorations for homes, offices, and events.

She is most fulfilled when helping women achieve their financial and career goals. She has been able to train women and young girls to start out their online businesses which has become a useful skill with the recent global pandemic that has grossly affected small businesses without online presence. Her goal is for women to be able to run a successful business from their kitchens.

She recently became a published author by contributing a chapter in the “She Is Enough” series from the Great Canadian Women publishing house.

She is Enough is a collection of real life stories from women who have realized their worth. Stories that will encourage all women to trust their intuition and live their life on purpose.

Director

Silvia Mangue

Silvia’s passions among many others are women’s issues, her two businesses and fitness & wellness.

Founder & Manager of Kulea Love a Social Enterprise
Co-founder and President of Kulea Culture Society
President of BC Black History Awareness Society

Born in Equatorial Guinea and raised in Spain, Silvia is now a proud Canadian. Before coming to Canada Silvia lived in six different countries in Europe: Spain, England, Finland, Denmark, Belgium and Ireland. To this experience Silvia says “I took from each country the cultural aspects I liked the best and applied them to my personal life. My life experiences in these countries have helped shape who I am today”

Silvia holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a major in Human Resources from Camosun College and a post-graduate diploma in Intercultural Education from the University of Victoria and a Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University.

Silvia is an entrepreneur, she is the founder and manager of two businesses:

• Kulea Love is a social enterprise made up by new immigrant women that help people in the community with their everyday live activities, whatever those activities maybe.

• Kulea Culture is a non-for profit society which purpose in to raise awareness about and reduce ethno-racial discrimination and stereotyping by encouraging respect for diversity, inclusion and equity through education, information, consultations, programs, conferences, cross-cultural exchanges and research.

Silvia’s passions among many others are women’s issues, her two businesses and fitness & wellness.

President & Co-Founder

Kamika Williams

Growing up and attending school in Victoria, Kamika learned very little about Black History. She is vocal in how such a lack of representation impacts one’s sense of belonging.

As President and Co-Founder of Ninandotoo Society Kamika plays an active role within the organization. She has a strong background in business, finance, and hospitality and uses those skills to provide business strategies that support the organizations direction and growth.

Growing up and attending school in Victoria, she learned very little about Black History. She is vocal in how such a lack of representation impacts one’s sense of belonging. In 2021 Kamika initiated and mobilized advocacy around Black Excellence Day to mark the civil rights struggles of Black Canadians and to push for more Black history in the school curriculum. For this achievement, she was the recipient of the 2021 'Hands Against Racism' award.

A firm believer in community, Kamika has experience volunteering in various roles such as Community Engagement Coordinator during the 2015 federal election and as a mentor with Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Canada.

Kamika's own experience with racism and going through the criminal justice system as a youth is what drives her to fight for systemic change. One of her goals is to fight for the redistribution of funds and resources away from the criminal justice system and into community programs that prevent people from entering into the criminal justice system in the first place.

Kamika currently sits on the Racial and Ethno-Cultural Equity Advisory Committee for the City of Vancouver and she always makes time to connect with and advocate alongside racialized communities against systemic racism and discrimination.

VP & Co-Founder

Derek Jory

Derek is a marketing director working to challenge his own racial reality by being open to, interested in, and compassionate towards the racial realities of people of colour.

Derek Jory was raised, like many white Canadian children, to be colourblind. This belief, rooted in the theory that if everyone is seen as equals, they’ll be treated as equals, was taught as the remedy to racism.
Formerly the social media lead and head writer for the Vancouver Canucks, Derek tried to use the team’s platforms and influence to bring awareness to the racial inequity Black people live with following the murder of George Floyd. Although his intentions were good, his message was off the mark and a racial impact was felt. He has since been working to challenge his own racial reality by being open to, interested in, and compassionate towards the racial realities of people of colour.
While striving to be an ally to people of colour, Derek met Kamika Williams and began engaging in meaningful cross-racial dialogue with the intent of becoming anti-racist in identifying and challenging racism and the misinformation that supports it. Derek & Kamika are the founders of Ninandotoo Society.
Derek and his wife live in Vancouver and have two children, who are both learning how to recognize and challenge prejudice, rather than deny it.
Director & Secretary

Connie Wan

Connie is a marketing professional with a passion for bringing communities together. She believes strongly in giving back to the community and helping where she can.

Connie is a marketing professional with a passion for bringing communities together. She believes strongly in giving back to the community and helping where she can. She is always looking for opportunities to learn and for ways to be better. Connie is an active volunteer in the community, having worked with children, seniors, and racialized groups. She strives to help make the communities she’s a part of more equitable, inclusive, and diverse.