The purpose of ONABSE is to promote and facilitate the education of all students, African Canadian students in particular; to establish a coalition of African Canadian educators and others directly or indirectly involved in the educational process; to create a forum for the exchange of ideas and strategies to improve educational opportunities for African Canadians; to identify and develop African Canadian professionals who will assume leadership positions in education and to influence public policy concerning the education of African Canadian people.

The functions of the Alliance shall be:

a. To work to eliminate and to rectify the effects of racism, harassment and sexism in education.

b. To significantly raise the academic achievement level of all students and to place particular emphasis on that type of learning which builds positive and realistic self-concepts among African Canadian students.

c. To establish and promote the degree of awareness, professional expertise and commitment among African Canadian educators necessary to enhance and contribute to the efforts of other educators and community persons.

d. To provide financial and human resources for recruiting African Canadian school personnel, certificated and support personnel;

e. To support training for all personnel to impact the education and socialization of African Canadian students.

f.  To meet and share ideas, proven programs and effective techniques for demonstrating that African Canadian students can learn.

g. To research and promulgate positions on key educational issues which affect all children and students of African descent as it relates to public policies.

h. Address the growing economic gap as experienced by the African Canadian Community.


Deborah Buchanan-Walford - President
Warren Salmon - Founding & Past-President
Jacqui Getfield - Vice-President
Treasurer - Vacant
Secretary - Vacant
David Sutton - Parliamentarian
Rose Gibbs - AEBS Representative
Valarie Taitt - AHEN-TBEN Representative
Delano Son - OBEN Representative
Marlene Blake Seale - PAACE Representative
Kaitlyn Ellsworth - WBEN Representative
Andrew B. Campbell - Member-At-Large
Alexis Dawson - Governance Commission Chair
Iyanuoluwa Akinrinola - Higher Education Chair
Dale Walker - Instructional Strategies and Support Commission Chair
Cheryl Woolnough - Mental Health and Wellness Commission Chair
Parents Commission Chair - Vacant
Program Development and Research Commission Chair - Vacant
DeiJaumar Clarke - Students Commission Chair


Warren Salmon - Interim President
Nigel Barriffe - Interim Treasurer
Darcie Sutherland - Interim Secretary
Eleanor McIntosh - Administration Commission Interim Chair
Paul Green - Governance Commission Interim Chair
Marlyn Morris - Higher Education Commission Interim Chair
Rosalie Griffith - Instructional Strategies and Support Commission Interim Chair
Robert Small - Parents Commission Interim Chair
Hazel Lord - Program Development and Research Commission Interim Chair
Leroy Clarke - Students Commission Interim Chair


Warren Salmon - Interim Chair
Nigel Barriffe - Interim Treasurer
Camille Logan - Interim Secretary
Adrienne Coddett
Donna Drummond
Paul Green
Farley Fridal
Margaret Lazarus
Cecil Roach

The ONABSE Constitution and By-Laws

The ONABSE Code of Conduct


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