Evidence of meeting #18 for Official Languages in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was seniors.

A recording is available from Parliament.

On the agenda

MPs speaking

Also speaking

  • Louise-Hélène Villeneuve  President, Alliance des femmes de la francophonie canadienne
  • Jean-Luc Racine  Director General, Fédération des aînées et aînés francophones du Canada
  • Dorothy Williams  Program Director, Black Community Resource Centre
  • Gemma Raeburn-Baynes  Partner, Black Community Resource Centre, and President, Playmas Montréal Cultural Association
  • Manon Beaulieu  Director General, Alliance des femmes de la francophonie canadienne

9:45 a.m.

Director General, Alliance des femmes de la francophonie canadienne

Manon Beaulieu

Yes, it happens to everyone.

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Conservative

Guy Lauzon Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry, ON

Mrs.Williams, I find your organization very interesting. There are a couple of things you mentioned. Do you not have charitable status?

9:45 a.m.

Program Director, Black Community Resource Centre

Dorothy Williams

No, we don't.

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Conservative

Guy Lauzon Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry, ON

That's not very difficult to get.

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Program Director, Black Community Resource Centre

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Voices

Oh, oh!

9:45 a.m.

Program Director, Black Community Resource Centre

Dorothy Williams

Incredibly so.

9:45 a.m.

Conservative

Guy Lauzon Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry, ON

Well, it takes about 12 months.

9:50 a.m.

Program Director, Black Community Resource Centre

Dorothy Williams

No, it has nothing to do with that.

One of the corollaries of 9/11 and the federal government's response at the time was a change in charitable status and the way in which people apply. The grandfather clause applies for groups that already had the status, but new groups can no longer.... Because we have the Black Community Resource Centre, we very clearly state as our mission and our mandate that we're serving English-speaking blacks. You cannot get charitable status if you are making a specific statement about a particular community. It has to be open to all, by implication.

December 6th, 2011 / 9:50 a.m.

Conservative

Guy Lauzon Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry, ON

In answer to Mr. Bélanger, you mentioned that in the next road map the government should describe what they think success is, and that you should have the opportunity to describe what your organization thinks success is.

What do you mean by success? What is success to your organization?

9:50 a.m.

Program Director, Black Community Resource Centre

Dorothy Williams

Wow! Well, it's on many different levels. What is success for us would be—

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Conservative

Guy Lauzon Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry, ON

In 20 words or less.

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Program Director, Black Community Resource Centre

Dorothy Williams

Okay, in 20 words or less, if somebody comes into my organization with a particular issue, I would love to be able to sit down with that person and know that we have access to resources that take care of their immediate issue. We ask the person what they are doing, how they are doing, and what kind of support they need. Maybe it's educational, maybe it's employment, and those resources are available. Our teams can work with.... In other words, a holistic approach—

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Conservative

Guy Lauzon Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry, ON

But the resources are available in the community. You simply refer that person—

9:50 a.m.

Program Director, Black Community Resource Centre

Dorothy Williams

In our community, that's right. And that's one of the reasons why we need to build strong organizations.