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A Year of Resilience, Gratitude, and Thriving Futures: A Heartfelt Thank You from FACE Coalition

As 2023 comes to a close, we at FACE Coalition find ourselves reflecting on the incredible journey we’ve shared with our stakeholders, partners, and the vibrant community of Black entrepreneurs who have made this year truly special. This is more than a wrap-up; it’s a celebration of resilience, a symphony of gratitude, and a glimpse into the thriving future we are collectively shaping. 

First and foremost, we extend our deepest gratitude to the entrepreneurs who trust us as their allies and advocates. Your resilience in the face of challenges, your determination to carve your path, and your trust in FACE as a catalyst for change inspire us every day. Thank you for letting us be a part of your journey. 

To our stakeholders and partners, you are the pillars of support that make our initiatives possible. Your unwavering commitment to fostering Black entrepreneurship is the backbone of our success. Together, we’ve achieved milestones and created opportunities that ripple through the entrepreneurial landscape. 

This year, we’ve witnessed the power of collaboration in fostering growth. Our partnerships have not only opened doors but built bridges, connecting entrepreneurs with invaluable resources and support. We’re excited about the new opportunities that these partnerships will bring in the coming year. The collective strength of our network is a force to be reckoned with. 

Looking ahead, we are filled with anticipation for the businesses we will fund in the upcoming year. Each business we support is not just a venture; it’s a testament to the dreams and aspirations of Black entrepreneurs in Canada. We are committed to being the wind beneath your wings, propelling you toward success. 

We look forward to forging new partnerships, unlocking fresh avenues for growth, and serving as a beacon for Black entrepreneurship across the nation. The best is yet to come, and we’re excited to continue this empowering journey with each and every one of you. 

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Rob G.C. Sobey

Board Member

Rob G.C. Sobey is a corporate director. Mr. Sobey was the President & Chief Executive Officer of Lawton’s Drug Stores Limited from 2006 until his retirement in 2014 after 25 years with Sobeys. He serves as a director of SeaFort Capital and the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mr. Sobey is Chair of the Sobey Art Foundation, a member of the Queen’s Smith School of Business Advisory Board and serves on several foundation and not-for-profit boards. For his work as an Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Army, Mr. Sobey received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He holds an undergraduate from Queen’s University, a Master of Business Administration from Babson College, and the ICD.D designation.

Denburk Reid

Board Member

Denburk Reid is the founder of Montreal Community Care Foundation (MCCF). Its mission is to empower youth by developing their leadership skills by using programs, workshops, and events, and by building bridges between communities. As the founder of MCCF, he beliefs that the youth hold the key to Montreal’s future and over the past eight (8) years, its programs have helped hundreds of Montreal youth stay on track, perform community services as well as set and achieve academic and life goals. The organization seeks to empower youth to become engaged citizens and leaders in their homes, schools, and communities. For the past five (5) years, MCCF celebrates and promotes community engagement across Montreal through the Montreal Community Cares Awards.

Along with his role as the founder of MCCF, Mr. Reid is the Founder of Red Rush Basketball & Red Rush Basketball Leadership. He has a passion for empowering youth and meeting them where they are lends to a successful outcome.

Abdikhier Ahmed​

Board Member

Mr. Ahmed is a recognized community leader in the non-profit sector with specializations in immigration and refugee resettlement, poverty reduction, and community empowerment. A dynamic, highly motivated individual with extensive experience in program development and delivery, providing strategic visioning and leadership. Over 10 years’ experience managing programs for non-profit organizations and working with communities and people from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds both locally as well as internationally. Fluently multi-lingual: speaks and writes English, Swahili, Somali and basic Arabic. This experience help guide Mr. Ahmed when he was in the role of Director of Policy at the Office of Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

Mr. Ahmed is currently the Executive Director of Aurora Family Therapy Centre. Aurora is a progressive, non-profit family therapy centre that offers family therapy on a sliding scale; sees clients through services funded by Manitoba Department of Families and Department of Justice; provides community building groups for Newcomers to Canada; hosts a Psycho-Social Settlement Needs Assessment program for incoming refugees; provides summer youth programming for many newcomer communities; supports its own staff and other agencies through vicarious trauma and resilience programming; develops supportive relationships with community partners, and engages in advocacy for accessible community-based therapy services for all. Aurora is in the process of becoming a Centre of Excellence in providing cross cultural therapy from a systemic lens with a special focus on psychological trauma & recovery and community development.