Registered Charity # 802775791RR0001

Jemi Smith is a proud mom of 4 biracial boys. She has ran a local mom community for over 5 years and won the Mompreneur Award for her efforts. She co-produced and hosted Mom Talk with Jemi in 2019 which aired Nationally on Filipino TV. She an advocate for moms and young children in her community. 

​​Jaylan Hayles
Member, Durham Black Network

University Student, Ontario Tech University

Ajax, ON Canada

Durham Black Network is a group of Black community members and allies advocating for equity and equality through increased awareness of anti-Black racism in Durham Region. We focus on dismantling barriers to help eliminate systemic issues that the Black community faces within our diverse lived experiences.

When most people consider legacy, they envision money or property left to someone.  But at PCAL Financial Group, we believe legacy transcends this simple definition.  Legacy is the footprint you leave that enables those following you trod an even more impactful path.

Our vision at PCAL Financial Group is to partner with families and organizations in creating a footprint so expansive that generations after the next can experience life beyond our expectations.  It may be in equipping our children to pursue any academic pursuit, gifting or dream, without concern of financial obstacle; or changing the world with our business idea or community service, all while amassing and preserving wealth to transfer to our loved ones.

Billie-Jane Bolton-Rojo

Member, Durham Black Network

​Founder, PCAL Financial

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. 

Jemi Smith

Member, Durham Black Network

​Advocate, Moms & Children

Oshawa, ON Canada

Jim has lived in Ajax since 2006 with his wife and 3 daughters. Jim owns and operates the automotive dealership VanDusen Chevrolet Buick GMC in Ajax. Graduating from the University of Toronto with an Economics Degree, he worked with General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC) for 18 years and moved to the retail automotive space in 2008. Jim has always had a strong community focus. He truly believes that “giving back” to our local community is an obligation on part of businesses and enjoys striving to make our community better every day. He is known for his various levels of community support. He is a Director on the Ajax Pickering Hospital Foundation Board and is an active member of the Ajax Pickering Board of Trade’s Government Relations Committee. In 2015, VanDusen Chevrolet Buick GMC proudly was awarded the Board of Trade – Business Excellence Award – Large Business of the Year (50+ Employees). In 2017, while maintaining his dealership in Ajax, Jim assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer for the NewRoads Automotive Group in York Region, where he is responsible for the overall operations of 7 additional dealership.

Tanis Russell is a Clinical Practice Leader, and a experienced Registered Nurse, skilled in Critical Care and Emergency Medicine. Tanis is passionate about the development of health policy initiatives , and facilitating nursing education for nurses at every stage of their career. Tanis values education and appreciates its impact on nursing practice, and its influence on patient care outcomes. Tanis is experienced in identifying, planning, implementing and evaluating educational strategies that influence nursing practice and facilitate the change required to meet the patient healthcare needs. Tanis has received a Master's degree in Nursing with a focus on Health Policy & Leadership in Education through Ryerson University, and is a proud inductee of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Tanis moved to Durham Region 11 years ago, and is passionate in serving the community.


Together We Are Stronger®

Durham Black network:

Emma Bower

Member, Durham Black Network

University Student & Advocate

Ajax, ON Canada


Jim VanDusen

Vice Chair, Durham Black Network

Chief Operating Officer

​New Roads Automotive Group & VanDusen Chevrolet Buick GMC​​​

Ajax, ON Canada

​Tanis Russell

Registered Nurse

Member, Durham Black Network

Board Member, Carion Fenn Foundation

Bowmanville, ON Canada


Our mission is to identify, illuminate and combat anti-Black racism in Durham Region through positive action and supportive allyship.


To create a legacy for future generations where members of the Black Community in Durham Region have a sense of belonging that comes from being valued and respected.

My name is Jaylan Hayles, I am a third-year Accounting Student at Ontario Tech University. It's an honour to be apart of Durham Black Network. I'm excited to get involved with our community, to make a positive difference in the life of others. My previous leadership roles includes: Firefighter, Politician, Former President of Durham College Student Association, Student leader, Activist, CEO, Motivational Speaker, Investor, and entrepreneur. Other skills that I specialize in are Video Production, Public Speaking, Social Media Management, Negotiation, Human Resource, Event Planning, Brand Endorsement, Content Creator, Business Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Accounting, Innovator, Data Resources, etc.