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Dylott Monthly Newsletter

March 2024

Dear Dylott Community,

As we stride into the vibrant months of March and April, it's time to reflect on the dynamic journey we've embarked on over the past two months at Dylott. From groundbreaking events to steady progress in our programs, each moment has been filled with learning, growth, and celebration.

Black Futures Event:

In February, we had the honor of hosting our inaugural "Black Futures" event, marking the commencement of our 4th cohort of the Black Diplomats Academy. This event was a testament to our commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion within our community and beyond. With enlightening learning labs held every Friday and Saturday, participants were immersed in a rich tapestry of knowledge, featuring thought-provoking speakers and innovative concepts. We are thrilled to witness the seeds of change being sown and eagerly anticipate the transformative impact our Black Diplomats will have on the world.

In addition to our own event, The Black Diplomats staff had the opportunity to attend a few in Ottawa, in particular ones hosted by the Senate of Canada and Canadian Heritage. Engaging with the event's attendees, the Black Diplomats Academy members forged connections and shared insights into the world of diplomacy. Their commitment to fostering understanding and bridging cultural gaps was evident throughout the evening.

Meanwhile, our #LeadLikeAGirl Program has been making remarkable strides, particularly in their curling component. Over the past few weeks, participants have embraced the challenge of mastering this unique sport with enthusiasm and determination. Through dedication and perseverance, we've witnessed remarkable progression on the ice, reflecting the resilience and leadership qualities inherent in each participant.

Throughout February and March, our participants had the distinct honour of engaging with extraordinary women who have left an indelible mark on their respective fields:

  • Katherine Henderson: CEO of Hockey Canada and former CEO of Curling Canada. Katherine's insights into leadership, strategy, and navigating the sporting landscape have been invaluable to our participants, providing them with a unique perspective on achieving success in competitive arenas.

  • Sheriauna Haase: A Canadian para-athletics athlete, actor, and dancer. Sheriauna's journey of resilience, determination, and triumph over adversity has resonated deeply with our participants, instilling in them the belief that with perseverance, anything is possible.

  • Deb Martin: A female curling trailblazer. Deb's pioneering contributions to the sport of curling have paved the way for future generations of female athletes. Her wisdom, experience, and passion for the game have inspired our participants to embrace their potential and strive for greatness.

The interactions with these remarkable women have not only enriched our participants' understanding of the sporting world but have also reinforced the importance of representation, mentorship, and solidarity among women in sports. Huge thank you to our partners at Goldline Curling and Curling Canada for working with us to put together this amazing hands on curriculum for our participants.

As we continue to champion gender equality and diversity in all facets of our programs, we are deeply grateful for the invaluable contributions of these trailblazing women who continue to shatter glass ceilings and pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable future.

Thank you for being an integral part of our journey.

Warm regards,


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