Ken Dryden

Ken Dryden and Rachel Decoste

MP Ken Dryden

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Past Events

Keep Calm And Discover Haiti

A Teach-in about Haiti. Culture, Cuisine and Consciousness.
Date: 14 November 2016.
Location: GWU, Washington, DC.

Blogger Week unConference

Featuring Nationwide Events, Symposiums, Trainings and Meetups. Multicultural nationwide festival of bloggers, journalists and social media. Rachel Decoste is a hosting a workshop on blogging.
Date: 20 August 2016,
Location: Washington, DC.

Media Action's "Ask Women Anything" series

On the first event of the year, "Ask Women Anything" will give Rachel Décoste a mic and cede the floor to the audience. The intimate event is free to those who can grab seats in the cozy coffee shop.
Date: January 21 2015, at 7PM
Location: A coffee shot in the Glebe, on Bank street. Ottawa.

Ask Women Anything series

Seminar on Black Canadian Historical Figures

Municipal Library of Gatineau.
Did you know that one of the 10 provinces was founded by a black immigrant? Did you know that the person who made first contact with the AmerIndians was an African polyglot? There are so many stories to discover in terms of the contribution of afrodescendants to our country.
Date: Tuesday, Feb 17 2015, 7 to 9 PM
Contribution: 3$ for residents, 4,50$ for non-members of carte Accès Gatineau.
For further information, please call : 819 595-7460
Location: Bibliothèque Lucy-Faris (115, rue Principale, (Aylmer) Gatineau. Google map.)
Web: Bibliothèque municipale de Gatineau

Haiti En Fête : 9e annual

Beach party.
Date: July 2015.
Lieu: Pétrie Island, Orléans, ON.
Web: Haiti En Fête Festival

Celebration 50 / 55 / 75 !

Wisdom and Ambition: 2 qualities without match -- in spite of age!
50 years of volunteering; 55 years in Canada; 75 years of life
Date: October 1st 2011.
Location: Ottawa.
Web: ML Scholarship

Haiti En Fête : 5th édition

Annual beach party.
Date: July 23 2011.
Location: Pétrie Island, Orléans, ON.
Web: Festival Haiti En Fete

Commemoration & rememberance of the quake victims in Haiti

Date: January 12 2011.
Location: Ottawa.

Annual December Dinner-Dance

Date: December 4 2010.
Location: Ukranian Hall, Ottawa.
Web: Black Canadian Scholarship Fund

Cocktail for school in Haiti

Date: December 3 2010.
Location: Hosted by former Deputy Prime Minister, Sheila Copps, Ottawa.
Web: Ecole coeur Ouvert

Cocktail for Diversity in City Hall

Date: Fall 2010.
Location: 200 Lett steet, Ottawa.

Haiti En Fête : 4th édition

Annual beach party.
Date: July 17 2010.
Location: Pétrie Island, Orléans, ON.
Web: Festival Haiti En Fete

Inaugural Ottawa Earth Run

Supporting David Suzuki Foundation. Rachel jogged almost the whole 5k!
Date: Sunday, April 26, 2009
Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Vincent Massey Park
Web: Earth Run

Capital River Clean-Up

Urban Rideau Conservationists is a non-profit, action group that organizes Mother’s Day Rideau River clean-ups. The Rideau River is an essential and much appreciated part of the Ottawa landscape and community.
Date: Sunday, May 10 2009.
Time: 10AM to 1PM
Web: Urban Rideau Conservationists

Famous 5 Luncheon

Famous 5 Ottawa is pleased to announce its Summer Luncheon with the Honourable Jean Augustine, former Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and the Status of Women, now Ontario's first Fairness Commissioner. Ms. Augustine made Canadian political history as the first black woman ever elected to the House of Commons. Nine years later, she achieved yet another historic advance when she became the first woman of African heritage to serve as a cabinet minister in Canada.
Date: Friday, May 29, 2009
Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Panorama Room, National Arts Centre, Ottawa.
Web: Famous 5 Foundation

Haiti En Fête : 3e édition

Annual beach party.
Date: July 17-19 2009.
Location: Pétrie Island, Orléans, ON.
Web: Festival Haiti En Fete

Members of the "Obama Welcome" Brigades to discuss President Obama's upcoming visit.

Rachel will be one of the speakers.
Date: Feb 17 2009.
Time: 7:35am.
Channel: News Talk Radio 580 CFRA Ottawa

The inauguration of President Obama and other firsts in Black history

Rachel Decoste to give a talk on this subject at the NRC.
Date: Feb 17 2009.
Time: lunch hour.
Location: NRC-CISTI, Ottawa.

Comment tirer son épingle du jeu : jouer pour gagner

Conférence de Rachel Décoste dans le cadre du Mois de l'histoire des Noirs
Date: 18 février 2009.
Cost: Free
Time: lunch hour.
Location: La Cité Collégiale.


Annual City-Wide Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

Rachel is co-Chair of the 5th annual commemoration celebration on what would have been Dr. King's 80th birthday. The event, presented by DreamKeepers, is open to the public.
Date: January 15, 2009.
Cost: Free
Time: lunch hour.
Location: Ottawa City Hall.

CBC Newsworld

Rachel comments on inauguration and the ambiance in WDC!
Date: Monday, Jan 19 2009.
Time: 10 to 11am.
Channel: CBC Newsworld. Today with Nancy Wilson".


Barack Hussein Obama : Presidential Inauguration

The City of Washington D.C. welcomes 4 million people (including Rachel) to celebrate the historical election of President Obama.
Date: January 20, 2009.
Time: 12 noon
Location: Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

Black History Month : Launch

The City of Ottawa inaugurates BHM. The theme of the evening is "Courage to Make a Difference".
Date: Feb 1st, 2009.
Time: 3pm
Cost: Free
Location: Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington st, Ottawa.

Annual Charity Cocktail Fundraiser!

Under the patronage of The Honourable Sheila Copps with Les Amis de St-François, the Chevalier de Colomb Foundation is building a school in rural Haiti for the kids of Carrefour Sanon.

Date: Friday, November 21st, 2008.
Time: 6-8pm
Contribution: Cheques payable to Fondation Chevalier.
Location: Downtown Ottawa on Rideau st.

CBC Radio : All in a Day

Rachel will talk about Obama and the Election night fundraiser.
Date: Nov 4th 2008.
Time: approx. 5:20pm
Location: All in a Day w/ Stu Mills.

Radio-Canada : Le Monde Selon Mathieu

Rachel will talk about Obama and the Election night fundraiser.
Date: Nov 3rd 2008.
Time: between 3 and 6pm
Location: Le Monde Selon Mathieu à Radio-Canada.

Tag Radio and Téléjournal TQS

Rachel will talk about Obama and the Election night fundraiser.
Date: Nov 3rd 2008.
Location: Tag Radio FM.


US Election Results Watch!

Samuel Getachew and Rachel invite all Ottawa-area US Election gawkers to watch the results come in!

Contribution: the entrance fee will be going to Big Brothers/Big Sisters Ottawa, which is an organisation which gives HOPE and good role models to children in the Ottawa area.
Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2008.
Time: anytime after 7:00PM
Location: The Avant-Garde Bar on Besserer in downtown Ottawa


Rachel is a delegate at this annual European Parliament Simulation Conference.

Date: August 25-29, 2008.
Location: Quebec City.

10th annual BCSF Awards Ceremony

Rachel is the event coordinator and the media person for this event, where 2 local students are rewarded for their hard work, volunteering excellence and scholar ambitions with a $5,000 bursary to start university with tuition pre-paid.

Date: Thursday, August 7, 2008.
Time: 5:30 to 8PM
Location: A Channel studios. Downtown Ottawa.

Asian Heritage Month Official Launch

Parliamentarians, government officials, community leaders, and the general public are invited to celebrate the beginning of Asian Heritage Month.

Date: April 28, 2008
Location: Parliament Hill, Ottawa. - web

CBC Radio's Afternoon Show: All in a Day

Rachel will discuss the Penn Primary Watch

Date: April 22, 2008
Time: around 4:10pm

Where: All in a Day with Adrian Harewood
Listen to the interview: (Runs 6:27)


Pennsylvania Primary Watch

Samuel Getachew and Rachel invite all Ottawa-area Obama supporters to watch the results come in!

Date: April 22, 2008.
Time: anytime after 7:30PM

Where: East African Restaurant
376 Rideau St, Downtown Ottawa. - Facebook Event.

Diversity "It starts with me"

Rachel will be one of several panelists at CSC's Diversity Conference.

Date: March 26-28, 2008. 10am

Where: Downtown Ottawa - web

Stop Being Played/Become a Player

Rachel is a guest speaker at Auburn Drive Highschool.

Date: Friday, March 28, 2008.

Location: Auburn Highschool,

Halifax, NS.

Stop Being Played/Become a Player

Rachel is a guest speaker at Dal, brought to you by BSAC (lunch and learn). Students from St-Mary's University and MSVU are welcome as well.

Date: March 27, 2008.

Time: 11:45am to 1pm.

Where: Dalhousie University, SUB.

Location: Halifax, NS.

CHUO Radio : "Black on Black"

Rachel will be one of several panelists. We will discuss the Obama Campaign, the "Routes to Freedom" Conference and Gala Dinner and Miss Ayan Hersi, among others.

Date: Saturday, March 22, 2008. 10am

Where: CHUO Radio - 89.1 FM Ottawa

Celebrate International Women's Day

Rachel will be a guest on the TV show "Pour tout l'amour du monde" on Rogers TV. The show subject underlines women's issues on International Womens' Day.

Date: Sat, March 8, 2008.

Channel: Rogers TV (in Ottawa). web.

Celebrate International Women's Week

The Famous 5 Ottawa Chapter is hosting a luncheon in with special guest the Hon. Flora MacDonald, who represented Kingston and the Islands in the House of Commons from 1972 to 1988.

Date: Friday, March 7, 2008.

Time: 11:45am - 1:30pm.

Location: National Arts Center, Ottawa, ON.

Gala de l'Excellence.

Rachel is a finalist at the Gala of Excellence.

Date: Feb 23, 2008.

Location: Montreal, QC.
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A discussion about community involvement and the BCSF.

Rachel is a guest on Gospel Groove, with co-hosts Hallam Carter and Kathy Grant.

Date: Feb 10, 2008.

Time: 9 to 10pm

Location: On the radio (99.1 FM).
- web

"Notable Black Canadians"

Rachel is a guest speaker as part of Black History Month.

Date: Feb 6 and 7.

Location: Grade 5 and Grade 6. École Gabrielle-Roy.
- web

DreamKEEPERS' 3rd Annual Canadian Martin Luther King Day Celebration.

Date: Monday, Jan 21, 2008.

Time: 6pm

Location: On Parliament Hill (Room 200, West Block), Ottawa.

BCSF's 12th annual Christmas Charity Dinner.

Rachel, her sister, are among the many volunteers.

Date: Saturday, Dec 1, 2007.

Time: 7pm

Location: Ukranian Hall, Ottawa.
- web

How to Achieve Success on our Terms.

The University of Ottawa's Congolese Students Association and the Kilimanjaro Students Association present this workshop. Rachel is a guest speaker.

Date: Friday, Nov 30, 2007.

Time: 6:30-9pm

Location: Room 205 in University Centre, Ottawa University.
- web

Politique + vie civique.

Conférence présentée par La Jeune Chambre de commerce haïtienne, Association des jeunes professionnels Marocains, en collaboration avec la Chambre de commerce Latino-Américaine du Québec.

Date: Sunday, Nov 25, 2007.

Time: 5pm

Location: Downtown Montréal.
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Annual International Student Conference

Conference welcomes students from the USA and Canada. Rachel is featured speaker.

Date: Saturday, Nov 10, 2007.

Time: 11am-2pm

Location: Delta Hotel. Montréal.
- web

Fundraiser for Operation Education Congo

Rachel is the master of ceremonies for this fundraising celebration.

Date: November 8, 2007.

Heure: 7pm

Location: Downtown Ottawa
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TFO -- Panorama

Rachel is one of 3 panelists on this daily news and discussion TV show.

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2007.

Heure: 7pm

Location: Live via satellite from Ottawa
- web

Ottawa Pride Parade.

Walking with the Liberal Float.

Date: Sunday, August 26, 2007.

Time: 12noon

Location: Wellington Street and Festival Plaza
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BCSF Annual Charity Golf Tournament.

Golfing for a good cause.

Date: Friday, Aug, 2007.

Time: 4pm - 10pm

Location: The Meadows Golf & Country Club
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Laurier Club Garden Party.

Lucky guest of Ms. Wendy Powell, of Guelph, ON.

Date: Tues, June 12, 2007.

Time: 6pm

Location: Stornoway, the residence of the official Leader of the opposition.
- web

Umoja Network.

Rachel is a guest speaker. Theme: Civic Duty and Politics.

Date: Friday, June 8, 2007.

Time: 7pm

Location: Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling club House
- web

Le Regroupement Affaires Femmes

Date: Sunday, June 3, 2007.

Time: 2pm

Location: Parliament Hill
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Cocktail - Fundraiser.

Date: Wednesday, May 23rd.

Time: 5pm to 8pm

Location: The Martini Ranch at Hy’s Steakhouse (170 Queen Street, downtown Ottawa)

Contribution: $30


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Bar-b-q - Fundraiser.

Date: Thrusday, May 31st.

Time: 6pm to 8pm

Location: The Canadian Legion (800 Taylor Creek Dr, Orleans)

Contribution: $100


Rachel is a guest on Sarah O's radio show.

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2007.

Time: 10am

Location: CHUO Radio Show: Afrika Revisited
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Career Day : engineering career exploration.

Guest speaker for 2 highshcool classes.

Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2007.

Time: 8am - noon

Location: École Secondaire Franco-Ouest
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