Fourth installment in series discusses navigating the education system

The Ajax Anti-Black Racism Task Force presents their fourth installment of the Diversity XChange Speaker Series featuring guest speakers Eleanor McIntosh; educator, leader, and community activist and Margaret Lazarus, Superintendent of Education at the Durham District School Board discussing navigating the education system. The free event will be live-streamed on September 28 at 6 p.m. Residents, businesses and local organizations can watch live and participate in the live Q & A at, or

Questions can be submitted live during the session or in advance to

The five-part, online and interactive series aims to provide a positive space to facilitate nuanced and thought-provoking discussions to help address and understand anti-Black, systemic and institutionalized racism while discussing important social justice issues impacting our community. This series aims to provide a safe space for navigating important conversations and provide a deeper knowledge and guidance to the community on how to positively contribute to combatting social injustice in our everyday lives.


"With students back to school this month, this next Diversity XChange with Eleanor McIntosh and Margaret Lazarus, is timely and relevant. I encourage all parents and guardians of school-aged children to join us for this important session to help contribute towards a more inclusive Ajax for all. Join us from home the evening of September 28 for another educational, interactive session.” - Mayor Shaun Collier, Town of Ajax

"This important installment in the series focuses on navigating the school system and will discuss challenges experienced by the Black community and other racialized groups, your rights as a parent or caregiver and building relationships with your child’s educators and school administration. We're proud to be having these discussions in order to help break down systemic barriers and cultivate more learning and understanding within the community.” - Mariska Thomas, Chair, AABR Task Force

Quick Facts

  • The Diversity XChange Speaker Series features five installments during 2021.
  • A recording of the live event will be available immediately following the event at
  • Building off of the highly successful In Conversation With Series and annual Ajax Diversity Conference, the Town of Ajax and the Ajax Anti-Black Racism Task Force are proud to continue the Ajax Diversity XChange Speaker Series.
  • The first installment, which premiered May 12, featured Professor Michel Shah and Artist Robert Small, discussing Black excellence. A recording is available at
  • The second installment, which premiered June 24, featured Dr. Joseph Smith, a researcher and educator discussing racism and anti-Black racism. A recording is available at
  • The third installment, which premiered July 21, featured Nicole Perryman, the executive director of Ifarada: Centre For Excellence, discussing demystifying mental health. A recording is available at
  • The Town of Ajax is the most racialized community in the Durham Region (2016 Census) and is committed to the inclusion of our diverse community.
  • The Town's Anti-Black Racism Task Force is comprised of diverse leaders from the Black community who are leading conversations, advising, and creating action plans toward combatting racialized and systemic racism within the Black community and other racialized groups.

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