Celebrate sisterhood

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The City of Toronto’s HerStory program within Toronto History Museums – City of Toronto, celebrates women from Toronto’s past, present, and future, is proud to present the She-Rites Conference: The Friendship Bench.

Join us for an afternoon on


March 5, 2022

1 pm – 4:30 pm

Free Event

Celebrate Sisterhood

The She-Rites™ program is an 8-week journey into creating your best life. It’s a celebration of sisterhood! It is a community that supports dreams and provides techniques to help navigate internal and external challenges on the road to living your Best Life. The She-Rites facilitators nurture and maintain a safe space including respectful interactions, acceptance, listening, curiosity, supportive and reciprocal contributions. This online event is a celebration of the successes of the She-Rites Sisterhood.

This online escape includes:


Engaging Panel Discussions

She-Rites Sisters Testimonials

Community Building

Learning Breakout Sessions


Leave with your Success Squad

Women gathering

Jully Black

Canada’s Walk of Fame inductee & Queen of R&B / Soul, Multiple Juno Award Winning Singer, Songwriter, International Recording Artist, Actress, Television Personality and Women’s Empowerment Ambassador

Jully’s Website

Fireside Chat



Cheryl Blackman

Interim GM, City of Toronto

Opening Remarks

Read About Cheryl

Cheryl Blackman is the Interim General Manager, Economic Development and Culture with the City of Toronto. She is also playing a key role in efforts to attract international film and television productions and studio investments to Toronto. Prior to her role as Interim General Manager at the City she was Director of Museums and Heritage Services where she was responsible for the ten city-owned and operated historical museums.

Cheryl also served as the Assistant Vice-President of Audience Development at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and is a Fellow of Inclusion and Philanthropy from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). She is the Chair of the Board at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

Yvonne Reid

Founder, MOR Youth Coaching


Read About Yvonne

Yvonne came to Canada, holding on to a specific instruction from her father – get a good education, a good job, a good husband and raise a good family. Yvonne followed his instructions to the letter. However, she found out that when the dreams are not yours, things tend to fall apart.

Yvonne soon realized that the corporate world did not take kindly to her core value “family” and became jobless. She then embraced her purpose in life. To impact, elevate and serve my community; especially women and youth.

“I wanted to help people, like myself, get a clear vision of what success looks like to them, help them create a path to this success and ultimately have the impact they desired.”

Natasha Hoyte

Grief Therapist, Beyond Seasons


Read About Natasha

Natasha is a Registered Psychotherapist, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, and Licensed Financial Advisor. She has over 10 years professional experience working in the Violence against Women sector and with underserved, disadvantaged populations. She specializes in working with people who have experienced trauma, grief, and loss.

Natasha’s therapeutic approach holistic, Anti-Racist Anti-Oppressive, client-centred and solution-focused. She is committed to helping individuals identify their unmet needs and challenges, so they can explore choices available to them and make adequate changes.

Natasha is the founder of Beyond Seasons; “Where Memories Make Meaning”. Where she helps people to establish, maintain a fulfilling life and leave a lasting legacy when they’re gone.

Scherrie-Ann Richards

Professor, Conestoga College


Read About Scherrie-Ann

Scherrie-Ann is a college professor, and her goal is to use her gifts, talent, and experiences to engage, inspire and empower minds.

Her career started in business, and she successfully transitioned into the healthcare industry, where she flourished at the bedside and now in the classroom.

“I adore my family, ice cream and music. My love for people and my community has created opportunities for mentorship and allyship. I live by the simple philosophy to treat people the way I want to be treated…One love”

Kemba Williams

Co-founder, KEAN Real Estate


Read About Kemba

St. Lucian Canadian, wife and mother of 3 beautiful children, with a 15 year career in Business Banking Operations, Investor & co-founded of the Kean Real Estate Group, a black female led Real Estate Investment, Education and Property Management firm with a goal to Improve Home and Investment Ownership among BIPOC Communities in Canada by 20% in the next 10 years or 2% per year.

Andrea Wilson

President, Achieve Potential


Read About Andrea

Andrea emigrated from Jamaica to pursue her dream of completing her education. After years of climbing the corporate ladder, she was restructured out of her job. With this experience, Andrea wanted to inspire others to not let society define their dreams, direction or how far they could go. Shortly after losing her job, Andrea founded Achieve.

“I wanted to help people, like myself, get a clear vision of what success looks like to them, help them create a path to this success and ultimately have the impact they desired.”

Andrea is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others, and in addition to her work with Achieve, she is a Professor in the Business School at Humber Institute of Technology. Andrea has an Electrical Engineering Bachelor degree and a Master of Business Administration, however, what she is most proud of, is being the mother of 3 amazing daughters.

Words From She-Rites Graduates

“She-Rites was like the friend that sees so much potential in you that you don’t yet.”

– Shantelle J.

“Connecting myself with like-minded people helped me “rite” my best life.”

– Samantha H.

“Knowing my source of motivation has helped me in achieving my goals.”

– Carol J.

“She-Rites helped me build my confidence and identify my self-worth.”

– Yetty A.

Registration Form

She-Rites Conference


Do you have dreams and aspirations that year after year go unrealized? Let this year be your Best Year Ever!

This online celebratory event will provide an empowering forum for you to dream big, listen and share personal narratives in a safe supportive community.

Limited Space Available – Secure your seat today!