Corporation Number: 961495-8 | Business Number: 785383894RC0001
Formed in 2015, Caribbean Women’s Society (CWS) is a virtual, membership-based, volunteer-run, not-for-profit corporation operating in Canada.
Eligibility: Women who self-identify as ‘Caribbean-Canadian’, currently residing within Canada.
Among its many accomplishments and contributions, in 2018, supported by its partner-organizations and the community at-large, CWS proclaimed October of each year as Caribbean Heritage Month in Canada.
Mandate: To improve quality of life for the Caribbean-Canadian community by tackling the barriers through innovative initiatives.
Mission: To connect and enable Caribbean-Canadian women.
Vision: A thriving Caribbean-Canadian community.
Board of directors
Camille Kerr, Founder & President
Representing Trinidad and Tobago, Camille was, habitually, taught to honour and identify with their culture and family history.
The traditional Caribbean values of family, identity, compassion and determination resonate with Camille and have become driving forces that navigate her daily life. These values are also key areas that both Camille and her husband, as conscientious parents, consistently instill in their five young children.
Becoming a mother heightened Camille’s understanding that identity, belonging, reliance, responsibility and philanthropy are fundamental characteristics in a successful community. These characteristics became the underlying values when she founded Caribbean Women’s Society, and subsequently, Caribbean-Canadian Parents United and Caribbean-Canadian Chamber of Commerce & Community.
Camille is a University of Toronto graduate with a BA Hon. in Sociology, Philosophy and Political Science.
Beverley Bradshaw, Vice President
Representing the beautiful island of St. Lucia, Beverley takes pride in all aspects of her Caribbean culture including cuisine, music, traditions and strong family connections.
Beverley accepted the Director role to meet new people, share her wealth of experience and ideas; and most importantly, to work with like-minded women for a great cause. Beverley possesses a strong work ethic and chooses to take an active role in helping to broaden awareness and further the mandate of the organization.
Chelsea Goberdhan, Director At-Large
Representing the Caribbean territory, Guyana, Chelsea is passionate about community building and celebrating Caribbean culture including music, food and dance. Chelsea has a love for politics and has worked for several provincial politicians and as a lobbyist. Chelsea holds an Honours Degree in Political Science and Caribbean History from Ryerson University and is pursuing a Masters’ of Public Policy and Administration.
Through storytelling and intergenerational learnings, she has had the opportunity to examine her identity and diasporic experiences which has inspired much of the work she has accomplished during her first term on the Baord.
In her second term, Chelsea’s objective is to use her experiences and connections to empower members and the broader Caribbean-Canadian community by promoting civic engagement and knowledge of their rights and responsibilities.
Amanda Nandkissore, Director At-Large
Representing the Caribbean territory, Guyana, Amanda’s passion for volunteering has truly allowed her to understand the vital importance of benevolence as a unifying force for human beings.
Following immigration from Guyana to Canada, Amanda’s parents triumphed in their long battle against poverty. Wisdoms such as kindness, compassion and community arose from this experience, which are values that she aims to personify in her everyday encounters.
As a board member, Amanda’s objective is to promote the unification of individuals from various regions of the Caribbean and establish a space free of judgement on the basis of race. While she understands the importance of biculturalism, her love for Caribbean food, music and the various dialects is evermore. She is a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa and currently holds her Bachelor of Health Science with much pride, as it is a token of her hard work coupled with the sacrifices of her parents. She currently works full time at a dermatology clinic and is a certified CPR and First Aid instructor.
Amanda’s genuine intention is to encourage her fellow Caribbean-Canadians to take pride in their heritage.