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Annual AFEY Conference

On Friday May 8th, 2015 Henry CARR hosted the Annual AFEY Conference (ADVOCATES FOR ETOBICOKE YOUTH).  AFEY is a local organization that champions the causes for young individuals in this area and touches the lives of more than one thousand young people each year. They assist in arranging youth conferences where judges, lawyers and other prominent business people attend and provide guidance and mentorship to high school students in conjunction with local Community Police partners (23 Division). Approximately 400 students attended the AFEY Conference at Father Henry Carr from Msgr. Percy Johnson and St. Dorothy's Elementary School.  On this day students from the 3 schools listened to two very engaging speakers who told their own personal stories of how they survived their environment and became successful individuals.
With a J.D. from Queen’s University Faculty of Law and an M.A. in Music Business from New York University, Kevin Thomson has been knee-deep in the music industry since he joined Bad Boy Entertainment in New York, working under Francesca Spero and Sean “Diddy” Combs in 2008. As an A&R at Bad Boy, Thomson played an integral role in managing the Bad Boy catalogue and advising the careers of multi-platinum producers and songwriters, Seven Aurelius, Mario Winans, Bink!, Younglord, Waajeed, and Amadeus, while working on a number of film and television projects, including MTV’s Making The Band, VH1’s I Wanna Work for Diddy, and the Fox Searchlight biopic, Notorious. In 2012, Thomson moved on from Bad Boy to partner with respected film and music video directors Coodie & Chike and created an artist management arm of their agency, Creative Control, where they immediately signed several up and coming artists. Having continued to sign and develop more burgeoning talent, Thomson founded his management agency, CHNLD, which continues to represent a diverse roster of talent, including multi-platinum producer Bink!, K.A.N.T.A, Tree, Fantastic Modern, Hill & The Sky Heroes and Live Footage. In 2013, Thomson founded Toronto based music and entertainment law firm, Thomson Gabriele LLP which expanded to New York City in 2015 into the full service practice of Thomson Gabriele Ollunga LLP, where he counsels and advises clients on all things music, ranging from the navigation of the complex and ever-changing international music business to the protection and exploitation of new brands and technology start-ups. Kevin is a member of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, has participated as a guest speaker at NYU and Queen’s University, and continues to be a special advisor for a number of media start-ups and entertainment companies.
Kevin Thomson, Mr. Kissoon, Superintendent Ron Tavner (23Div.), VP Clarence Pitterson


Mr. Kissoon, Kofi Osei, Renzo Sunga, Miracle Jide-Adebayobayo (Absent): Justina Baldesarra Kevin Thomson
The above students were recipients of the 2015 AFEY Academic Scholarship Award in the amount of $500,to be used at any post-secondary institution of their choice.  Congratulations everyone!!!
Special Guest Doug FORD attends Father Henry CARR to speak during the AFEY Conference about youth Jobs!!!