Pita-Garth affectionately known as PG has resided in Durham for 25 years and has been actively serving in his community for the last 15. He has sat on various committees such as Ethno-Cultural and Diversity Advisory Committee, Durham District School Board: Afro-Centric Parent Committee and Durham Regional Police Service: Diversity Advisory Committee. His passion and vision are to bring people together to work towards programs and initiatives that will grow and strengthen communities within the Durham Region. This passion for community development motivated him to establish DurhamONE. He is a husband and a father and is passionate about work that promotes a healthy and involved family. He is a firm believer that if change is to occur, meeting people where they are at, provides a different perspective and voice to what we are a custom to.
Stephen Linton has over 12 years of Community Development experience working all over Toronto and Durham. As a resident of Pickering he applies his knowledge and experience to support and enhance the lives of marginalized populations. As an avid volunteer in Durham he initiates activities such as civic engagement, recreational programs, and contributes as part of the Pickering Library and Durham Catholic District school board anti-Black racism working committees. Stephen is known for organizing and facilitating discussions on race relations, crisis intervention, crime prevention, community mobilization and gang awareness He is currently a Manager with the City of Toronto's Toronto Employment and Social Services division and a field placement liaison for the Community Development program with Centennial College. Stephen is committed to advocate for changes to support amplifying the voices of marginalized and racialized communities.
Dane Record first moved to Durham Region as the eldest of eventually 4 w his parents. Both parents have settled in Durham during that time, while Dane charted his own path to volunteerism. He is born and raised in Ontario. His parents and grandparents voluntarily arrived to Canada from Jamaica in the early 1970's and built careers in community social services and media. Dane currently resides in Ajax w his own family.
Lana Wehbeh is a community member residing in Durham Region currently serving as Secretary for the DurhamOne Board of Directors. As a Middle Eastern female who is passionate about amplifying the voices of underrepresented youth, she uses her work in DurhamOne to continue to make an impact in the youth community.
Hanna (Anya) Kizyma is a first generation immigrant to Canada and presently resides in the Region of Durham. She was born in Russia but lived all her life in Ukraine. Hanna is fluent in multiple languages: Russian, Ukrainian and English. Hanna graduated from Ivan Franko National university of Lviv with bachelor degree in Economics and Finance and has over 20 years of experience working in banking industry which includes investment, lending, coaching and management.
Gail Wilson-Beier is an immigrant to Canada with Caribbean parents. She has resided within the Durham Region for most of her life. Gail has been working in the social service and education sectors for almost 30 years. She has taught at both the university and college levels and shares her main interests lies in cultural pluralism, research, and counselling. One of her more recent projects involved the conception and implementation of an Identity and Culture event, which celebrated the United Nations milestone anniversaries (60-40-30) of the “Declaration on the Rights of the Child”, “The International Year of the Child”, and the “UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child”. Presently, Gail is working on the completion of her doctorate degree exploring cultural diversity.
Kagiso “Kay” Puso migrated to Canada in 2010 from Botswana. Before moving to Durham, she studied at Trent University Peterborough where she received her Masters in African History. She is dedicated to her family and as such is passionate about positively impacting families throughout Durham through various initiatives.
Genelle Pollydore is a passionate and ambitious Health Equity Specialist. She has the pleasure of living and serving in Durham Region. Genelle supports the facilitation of culturally relevant programs that enhance health in the community. Contributing to programs that strengthen and empower communities is where her passion lies. She has a comprehensive understanding of how racism is perpetuated throughout the health and social service system. Genelle is devoted to advancing inclusive care and promoting health equity in health and social services. Genelle is the Founder of Swen Equity, a social enterprise, with a mission to improve health outcomes and rectify health disparities in racialized communities.
Arjun Sharma, is an HR and Social Services professional working out of the Durham Region. He has spent most of his life in Durham, and is happy to see all the great changes over the many years and wants to be a part of this. He is passionate about supporting his community and looks forward to working with members of the community and all partners to support Durham's continued growth. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, eating good food, learning about the world, travel and enjoying the great outdoors with his dogs.
Natasha Williams is an Organizational Design, Development and Transformation professional with over 15 years’ experience working with large and small organizations. Leading organizations through improvements and transformations with her outside-the-box thinking to explore diverse ways people, process and strategy help shape the future of organizations and drive change. Natasha holds a Masters’ degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, which is well aligned with her passion for social justice and advocacy for persons or groups seeking an opportunity to have their voice heard. In her spare time Natasha enjoys the outdoors, cooking a variety of cultural cuisines and catching up on her favourite movie genres with family.
In 2019, DurhamONE was used as the name of a festival that brought people from all walks of life together, to celebrate each other through food, live entertainment and community vendors.
However, DurhamONE and the motto One Community, One Vibe, One Durham resonated with those in attendance. The name and motto were more than just a festival. It encapsulated the very thing that the residents of the Region of Durham wanted to see.
DurhamONE became an official non-profit organization under the leadership of its current Executive Director and Co-founder Pita-Garth Case and President Stephen Linton.
DurhamONE staff and Board of Directors believe in the need to amplify the voice of the residents as a method to building a cohesive and collaborative community for families and businesses to thrive.
To identify and promote opportunities for diverse communities to represent themselves at tables across the Durham Region