Emancipation Day!

Posted: August 9, 2023

Good morning,

It’s Emancipation Day!

August 1st marks the day when the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 became law across the British Empire, including Canada, in 1834. On August 1st, we encourage you to reflect on the legacy of Slavery and take some time to learn about the continued resistance, strength, and perseverance of Black Canadians.

As a great grand child of slaves, today, my first day as Executive Director of Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region is a momentous occasion and I share this day with Clayton, our Black senior leaders, supervisors, and staff. I am proud to be a member of the FACS Waterloo community and to work alongside all of you. I am proud of the work we have done, and I am excited about where we are going.

I look forward to our continued work together as we remain committed to our strategic plan and our vision of A caring community where children and their families thrive.

Sonia Dennis (She ∙ Her)

Executive Director