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BEVERLEY SALMON: A legacy of service and inspiration

An ardent community advocate and trailblazer, Beverley Salmon was the first black female municipal Councillor in Toronto. She chaired the National Action Committee on Race Relations for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Metro's Anti-Racism Access and Equity Committee. As a founding chair of the Toronto Board of Education's Black Liaison Committee, she tirelessly advocated for an inclusive curriculum and anti-racism training for teachers. She was also one of the founders of Caribana. Before venturing into municipal politics, Beverley worked as a public health nurse.

Her extensive contributions earned her numerous accolades, including the Afroglobal Excellence Award for Lifetime Achievement, an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Ryerson University, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. She is a recipient of the prestigious Order of Ontario as well as the order of Canada. Beverley and her family established the Dr. J. Douglas Salmon Award for Black Medical Students at the University of Toronto in honour of her late husband, Dr. John Douglas Salmon, Canada's first Chief of Surgery at a large Canadian Hospital. Until her passing on July 6, 2023, Beverley remained a steadfast advocate for the marginalized, a tireless champion for diversity, and an enduring symbol of inspiration.

“ Somewhere in the world there is a defeat for everyone. Some are destroyed by defeat, and some made small and mean by victory. Greatness lives in one who triumphs equally over defeat and victory ”

― John Steinbeck, The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

ICONIC QUOTES

  • “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow.” ― Thomas Paine
  • "If you do not have a clear conviction of who you really are, you may begin to believe other people's opinion of you" ― Patricia Bebia Mawa
  • “Live authentically. Why would you continue to compromise something that's beautiful to create something that is fake?” ― Steve Maraboli,
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Patricia Bebia Mawa is the Executive Vice President of Silvertrust Media and Afroglobal Television. She has directed and produced over 15 television programs including The Visionaries and Standing Ovation. She is the writer and director of the new drama series Omobella Palace. Patricia is the Associate Publisher of Excellence, Envision and Destiny Magazines. Chair of Reelworld Screen Institute, she is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal. Patricia and her husband Moses have been featured on CNN International in a half hour special. In March 2016, the duo launched Afroglobal Television, a 24-hour television channel. In 2018, they co-authored the 150 Extraordinary Canadians Legacy book.

Debra Wright
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