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Emma Bower

University Student & Advocate

Ajax, ON Canada


Emma is a university student taking History and French. As well as an advocate. She organized the march in support of Black Lives Matter in June 2020. Bringing the diverse community of Ajax and Durham Region together to show support for George Floyd, Brianna Traylor and others who were impacted by Anti-Black Racism. Her community involvement also include organizing a Christmas fundraiser in 2017 to give gifts to the Refuge, the local homeless youth shelter in Oshawa. The entire student body of Denis O'Connor Catholic high school brought in hygiene products, gift cards, winter gear, and school supplies for our fellow youth who were struggling and vulnerable. Emma organized a fundraiser for the Indigenous reserve in Attawapiskat Ontario, including money for school supplies as well as other necessary things ie: hygiene and other things teens would want. She also organized mental health workshops and assemblies all throughout high school. She led a program that introduced socially anxious grade 8's into high school early to help them acclimate by pairing them with outgoing seniors. A board member of anti-bullying committee that organized events to bring students from all schools together. Student ambassador that represented the students of Dennis O'Connor at the Durham Catholic District School Board. 

Anti-Black Racism Forum
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 7pm- 9pm EST
Community Safety & Crime

Durham Black Network presents our Anti-Black Racism Forum on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7pm Est. Our Anti-Black Racism Forum is a live interactive virtual discussion with speakers (Criminal Lawyer- Peter Thorning, Politician – Jennifer French Oshawa MPP, Activist Emma Bower and Police- Durham Region Police Services) and Q & A’s to address Systemic Anti-Black Racism in the area of Community Safety and Crime. Our Forum is free and runs for 2 hours.

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Jennifer French

MPP Oshawa

​Oshawa, ON Canada




MPP French serves as the official opposition critic for Infrastructure, Transportation and Highways. She is also proud to serve the Ontario Legislature as a presiding officer as Third deputy Chair of the Committee of the Whole House. As a dedicated educator, Jennifer has over 10 years’ experience teaching in Ontario and abroad. She actively gives back to her community as an advocate for equity, social justice, and strong public services. Jennifer also has a committed record fighting for workers’ rights. She has been an active member of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) in Durham, involved with the Ontario Federation of Labour, and the Durham Region Labour Council. Jennifer works hard to ensure that people have access to good jobs, a strong publicly funded education system, and a voice in their community. She is a strong advocate for the people of Oshawa and is committed to bringing meaningful change to her community.  

Peter Thorning is an experienced criminal defence lawyer with more than 20 years representing people and corporations at both the trial and appellate level, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Thorning has successfully defended all manner of charges including: murder; fraud; sexual assault; and drinking and driving related offences. Mr. Thorning has also successfully defended regulatory charges and professional discipline cases, including Occupational Health and Safety and Fire Safety Cases. Mr. Thorning has experience on both sides of the table as he started practicing as a Crown Attorney at the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, and has also been employed by the Ministry of Labour. Mr. Thorning also conducts prosecutions for the Electrical Safety Authority.

February 24, 2021 7pm EST

Anti-Black Racism Forum: 

Durham Region Police Services

Speaker: Coming soon

Durham, ON Canada


O u r  |  V i s i o n: To have the safest community for people to live, work and play.

O u r  |  M i s s i o n: As Leaders in Community Safety, we work proudly with all members of our community while holding ourselves accountable to improved effectiveness in everything we do. We proactively address future challenges while upholding our values.

O u r  |  Values: Every member of the Durham Regional Police Service is committed to providing quality service in partnership with our community. While learning from each other, we will achieve excellence through pride, respect, understanding and ethical behaviour..

Peter Thorning

Criminal Defence Lawyer

Brauti Thorning LLP​​