Yaphet Robinson


About the Yaphet Robinson Award

This is awarded annually to a young person who has shown extra-ordinary commitment to human rights and the dignity of all persons in the  London, Ontario community.

For more information, email lizakano@ideasnet.net


About Yaphet Robinson (1979—2000)

Yaphet Raphael Robinson was struck by a car on May  22nd 2000 and slipped into a coma until his untimely passing on June 3 2000.

The circumstances surrounding his death caused some racial tension in London, Ontario. To this end, Marike Hildreth a friend of the CBWCL initiated a special award in 2001 in memory of Yaphet as well as honour people who show commitment to upholding human rights within the city of London, Ontario.


Aden Hamza – 2015 winner of the Yaphet Robinson memorial award


About Aden Hamza

Aden is a highly intelligent, compassionate, community conscious individual who, is committed to being an agent of change for human rights.

Aden Hamza is a 2nd year Masters of Nursing student at Western. In her teenage years, she was a Youth Councillor with the LYAC. Since January 2014, Aden has played an active role as a Northeast Community Conversations Steering Committee member. Through her involvement on NECC, Aden has helped foster transformative change amongst Londoners by furthering the awareness and education of social justice and human rights issues related to youth, mental health, poverty, and most recently, Co-Champion of the Planning Committee for our Five Generations: One Future community conversation event.

Aden is also an active volunteer with ACFOLA, MRCSSI and actively involved in community initiatives through university and extra curricular activities.




Our Congress feels it’s very important to meet and help black women. We share a feeling of togetherness and sisterhood. We rejoice in our blackness.


Gwen Jenkins

Who was Gwen Jenkins?

Gwen was the first president of the London chapter of the Congress of Black Women of Canada (CBWCL).

Gwen was passionate about lifelong learning which helped shaped CBWL’s focus on education. She believed in empowering women, especially black women and was a major voice on women’s issues.


The CBWCL Gwen Jenkins scholarship

This scholarship, established  in  1996, is dedicated to the memory of the late Ms. Gwen Jenkins, founding President of the Congress of Black Women of Canada, London Chapter. It  is awarded annually to a mature female student, from the London-Middlesex area, who desires to further her education or who is already in a post-secondary institution.

Applicants must demonstrate evidence of community involvement, especially within  the Black Community, is in need of financial assistance and resides in London and surrounding area.  Applicants must also demonstrate good leadership and communication skills, and has sound personal ethics.

For more information, email maureenjenkins@rogers.com


Jocelyn Ninham – 2015 winner of Gwen Jenkins memorial scholarship

I firmly believe that the more we share, the more we have.

Jocelyn Ninham

I have a 3 year old daughter, named Julia, who has inspired me to change my life and reach my  full potential. I am graduating from G.A Wheable Centre for Adult Education and will be attending Fanshawe College this September for the Early Childhood Education program.

I’m excited to pursue a career educating young children and helping future generations. I have volunteered at Princess Elizabeth Public School as educational support, working with children who have disabilities or students that need additional academic support. I enjoy making a difference in my community and volunteering with local organizations. I firmly believe that the more we share, the more we have.




About the Kay Livingstone scholarship programme

The Congress of Black Women of Canada London chapter (CBWCL) has been awarding these scholarships since 1992. Annually, two $500 scholarships are offered to current Grade 12 Afro-Canadian Students from the London-Middlesex area, who meet the  selection criteria.

Candidates must provide evidence of  academic excellence, community Involvement and financial need.

For more information, email vilma.francois@sympatico.ca



Kay Livingstone

Kay Livingstone (nee Jenkins) was born in 1918 In London, Ontario  to parents  James and Christina Jenkins, the founders of the Newspaper “Dawn of Tomorrow”

Though Kay earned some fame in Toronto as a host on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), she is best known for her work in the Canadian Negro Women’s Association (CANEWA). As its first president, Kay encouraged members to raise funds for scholarships for deserving students. She initiated CANEWA’s greatest success: The First National Congress of Black Women held in Toronto in 1973. Two hundred women from across the country attended the gathering. Workshops on single parenting, education and seniors were offered. The focus of the Congress was to encourage Black women to form close personal relationships. The first meeting led to other conventions held in various cities in Canada and was the genesis of the Congress of Black Women of Canada.

Today, the Kay Livingstone Award is presented to black women in Canada . The mandate of the award is to encourage black women in this country to improve the lives of other women of color and their families.



Muna Ghebredingle – 2015 winner of the Kay Livingstone Memorial scholarship

My goal is to change lives and hopefully, with this scholarship as the first stepping stone on my path, I will succeed.


About Muna Ghebredingle

My name is Muna Ghebredingle; I am an Eritrean Canadian, and one of five children in my family.  I came to Canada 15 years ago from Eritrea to escape conflict in my country.

Of my many interests, my main three are reading, learning and experiencing new things. My favourite subject in school is Biology.  I hope to attend Brescia in the fall for their French program and in my second year major in Health Sciences. Although I am a person that is initially uncomfortable with change, I always end up embracing it.  I look forward to a future of learning and understanding the world around me. I hope to become a pediatrician in order to care for children that don’t have access to health care facilities for one reason or another.  My goal is to change lives and hopefully, with this scholarship as the first stepping stone on my path, I will succeed.


Sujoud Babeker – 2015 Kay Livingstone scholarship award winner

I also hope to become a Humanitarian Doctor and join an organization such as Doctors without Borders and provide medical care to areas of the world not as fortunate as Canada.


About Sujoud Babeker

My name is Sujoud Babeker and I am a second generation Sudanese Canadian. My parents came to Canada 20 years ago in the hopes of a better future for their children. I am the eldest daughter of five kids, and currently a grade 12 student at Oakridge Secondary School.  I am in my final year and I hope to attend Western University for Medical Sciences next year.

In the future, I would like to attend Medical School and become a family doctor. I also hope to become a Humanitarian Doctor and join an organization such as Doctors without Borders and provide medical care to areas of the world not as fortunate as Canada.

I am a proud member of the Sudanese Canadian Community Association, and have provided extensive community service to their Elementary School Tutoring Program. For a year, I volunteered there every Sunday in the hopes of playing my part in educating the future generation of African Canadian youth.”