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Oni Joseph Introduction by David Kilgour

Dreamkeepers’ Awards Ceremony, Martin Luther King Day
Government Conference Centre
17 Jan. 2011

Oni Joseph has used poetry and culture to build a better Ottawa for 20 years, especially to help those who need it the most.

Son expérience en développement international avec les plus démunis reflète l'image réelle de la diversité ethnoculturelle de la Ville d'Ottawa et du Canada.

Her family is from the City of Poets in Haiti, birthplace of the father of the author of the Three Musketeers.

She is mentored by Dr. George Elliott Clarke and Zolani Mkiva, Poet of South Africa. Nelson Mandela's release from prison in 1990 was the catalyst to her career. Last year, she spend an afternoon with President Nelson Mandela in his village.

Oni est mieux connue en tant qu'artiste. Apprenez à la connaitre, et vous découvrirez qu'elle est une femme sympatique qui est très impliquée avec le développment communautaire depuis des années.

Her Book Ghettostocracy was the Book of the Year in the Globe and Mail and it is used as curriculum in university English courses.

Elle milite pour sensibiliser les gens au causes sociales telles que la prévention du VIH, l'obtention du logement abordable avec Habitat pour l'humanité, pour venir en aide aux victimes du séisme en Haiti. Elle a ramassé des milliers de dollars au fils des années pour améliorer la communauté.

Oni was part of a Leadership Ottawa team working with the city's Community Development Framework,

Oni starred in the Style Her Famous Reality Show hosted by Jay Manuel.

She has performed for the Governor General, for Le Cirque du Soleil, and was the subject of an award-winning film for the National Film Board of Canada titled "La sensation haitienne".

She will speak to us about the situation in Haiti. Please welcome Oni the Haitian Sensation:

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