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Toronto Catholic District School Board

This year the Stop the Stigma team will be hosting our Symposium "See the Unseen" Beyond the Brotherhood.  We have invited Michael Amos and Tolu Kayode both alumni to speak to our students and parents. 

 

Stop The Stigma Team invites all of you to the Parent Workshop,  your support will be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to invite anyone to the presentation. 

 

Our Parent Workshop is setup as follows:

 

6:30 - 7:00 pm  Community Agencies (Resources will be provided)

 

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.  Presentations from Stop The Stigma, Michael, and Tolu.

 

Michael Amos

 

Both Sides of the Fence: Surviving the Trap takes the reader on a journey through the mentality of the protagonist, Michael A. Amos, who grew up thrust into Toronto’s notorious Driftwood Court neighborhood in the Jane Street and Finch Avenue West area.

 

The themes of Michael’s story range from the psychological effects of being raised around violence to the mentality and decision-making process that develop in a child emerging from a lower socioeconomic status and a depressed physical environment.

 

In a tough and uncompromising style, Michael describes his journey from the mindset, shaped by his environment, that he once had to his finally questioning what was the truth, and how, over time and through many ups and downs, he was able to integrate into and become a productive member of Canadian society.

 

Having seen life from both sides of the fence, Michael A. Amos shares his story in the hope that it will make other young people from similar backgrounds understand some of the root causes of their situations and realize that there is another side and there are other possibilities. It is also Michael’s hope that Both Sides of the Fence may serve as a catalyst for change by providing law enforcement officers, social services, government agencies, and the general Canadian population with insight into the causes of the destructive behaviour of these young people.

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Tolu Kayode

 

Tolu Kayode is the Assistant Director of Residence Life and Student Engagement at Huron University College, which is located in London Ontario. 

Huron is the founding University of Western and students graduating from Huron University receive a Western diploma. 


Tolu grew up in the Jane Finch area and graduated from Chaminade College in 2000. He obtained a scholarship to attend school at a private institution in Indiana.

Tolu has received his bachelor of arts in sports management and has a master’s degree in management with a leadership emphasis. He has worked for various institutions in the United States and Canada.

He has also worked for a number of professional sport teams in the private sector. He worked for the Sioux Falls Sky force which is an NBA development league team affiliated with Miami heat. He has also worked for the Sioux Falls Storm which is a professional indoor football team.


Tolu has over 10 years of experience working with university age students.  Some of his experience consists of providing oversight for the recruitment, selection, training, and evaluation of full-time staff and students. He has served as a consultant in oversight of the residential curriculum which assists in the development of learning outcomes to meet the needs of students. He oversees the day to day operations of various residence halls, off campus houses and apartment style buildings.  He works with multiple campus partners to plan and develop student programming during fall orientation, summer transition sessions and social, educational activities for students during the academic year.


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