The Excellence of Black Philanthropy: Panel Discussion with Sandra Sualim

February 1, 2023

By Sandra Sualim, President and CEO, Humber River Hospital Foundation

For Black communities, Black History Month can sometimes seem like a month of often forgotten world history. Our contributions to society are critical, important and vital, and our legacy in Canada and around the world far extends beyond the month of February.

The 2023 theme for Black History Month in Canada, as chosen by the Canadian Government is Ours to Tell. This theme represents both an opportunity to engage in open dialogue and a commitment to learning more about the stories Black communities in Canada have to tell about their histories, successes, sacrifices and triumphs. In the US the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) chooses a different theme for Black History Month every year. This year, their theme is Black Resistance.

On February 15, 2023 I am honoured to be moderating a panel discussion on The Excellence of Black Philanthropy. I will be joined by Wes Hall and Colin Lynch for a discussion on the opportunities and barriers for Black philanthropists and the emergence of powerful Black-led, Black-serving philanthropic organizations.

I can’t think of a more appropriate marriage of the two themes: This experience is Ours to Tell, and believe me when I tell you that Resistance is and continues to be an integral part of our story.


The Excellence of Black Philanthropy: Panel Discussion
Wednesday, February 15 – 5:30-7:30 pm
Toronto Dominion Centre – 10th Floor – 66 Wellington Street West
All attendees will receive a copy of Wes Hall’s bestseller No Bootstraps When You’re Barefoot.
AFP Members – pay what you can; Non-Members – $25 + HST

To learn more and to register for this event click here.



Black History Month is an opportunity to spotlight and celebrate the achievements that Black people have accomplished in this country, despite the history of racism and oppression. Black History Month has essentially been a moment for us to celebrate ourselves, to highlight our triumphs, and honour our heroes as we continue to push for equality, representation and freedom from all forms of discrimination. Black History is Canadian History.