Taking action for racial justice

May 26, 2021 | Last updated on October 12, 2023
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Lessons for building resilience with Dahabo Ahmed-Omer, executive director of the BlackNorth Initiative

Watch Part 1 of this two-part series.

About Dahabo Ahmed-Omer
Executive Director, The BlackNorth Initiative

Dahabo Ahmed-Omer is an award-winning leader and human rights advocate. As Executive Director of the BlackNorth Initiative, which includes several signatories and board members from the financial services industry, Ahmed-Omer manages all aspects of The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism.

Previously, Ahmed-Omer was Director of Operations with the Somali Center for Family Services and an employment equity advisor with Public Safety Canada. She is also a founding member of the Justice for Abdirahman Coalition, which advocated securing justice for the late Abdirahman Abdi and his family.

Ahmed-Omer’s many accolades include the Canada150 Community Builder Award; the Hope Academy community contribution award; the Ottawa Black History Community Leadership Award; one of the 100 most influential people of African descent under age 40 (2019), an award in support of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent; and the Report on Business Top 50 Changemakers Award, 2021.

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