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Everyone deserves access to equal, unrestricted rights. This is a reminder that we still have a long way to go.
Everyone deserves access to equal, unrestricted rights. This is a reminder that we still have a long way to go.

 

 

 

Proud to lay the last of 700,000 bricks on Dundas Place with Mayor Ed Holder to officially open London’s first ever flex street. Not just the flex street but an accessible street. I hope all Londoners check it out for themselves, and spend some money this holiday season at our fantastic downtown businesses.

What a magical night celebrating 30 years with Congress of Black Women. Put more than 120 women in our community through school. Plenty of magical people. Thanks to Anna Hopkins and Elizabeth Peloza for supporting this amazing organization.

Geneviève Bergeron
Hélène Colgan
Nathalie Croteau
Barbara Daigneault
Anne-Marie Edward
Maud Haviernick
Maryse Laganière
Maryse Leclair
Anne-Marie Lemay
Sonia Pelletier
Michèle Richard
Annie St-Arneault
Annie Turcotte
Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz

On oubliera pas!

Just finished another lovely Positive Voice community session at Nokee Kwe London showing off Stephanie’s amazing work/gift. Miigwech

 

 

 

Great turn out at the Midtown District Community meeting organized by the midtown district association & city planning department. This is a good initiative and thanks to John Flemming and his team for supporting them. 

We need to work towards ending the stigma and ignorance towards HIV/AIDS which starts through increased conversation and awareness.

The first step to prevention is awareness. Gender violence is real and we must enact steps to change these and other alarming stats.

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Great seeing Peggy Sattler and Kate Young at this morning’s Hope In The City Breakfast organized by the Salvation Army of London. Happy to see these amazing women who are also wearing purple to Shine the Light to bring awareness on gender based violence.

 

 

 

 

Happy to be at the Mission Services Fall Banquet with Perdita Felicien as the guest speaker! The proceeds are going to Rotholme Family Shelter in ward 13.

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Be kind to yourself and share it with others. Happy World Kindness Day

Thank you to all my colleagues for supporting this motion that will address vacancy in the core area and the protection of heritage properties in London.

 

On this day, we want to express our gratitude to those who have fought to secure the freedom we enjoy today.

To all of our veterans, from far and wide, WE THANK YOU for your sacrifices and service.

 

 

 

Celebrating the Grand Opening, Digital Creative Arts Centre (DCAC) a focal point for London’s music and digital arts creative community at the Boys and Girls Club Canada.

Thank you John Flemming , Ben Cowie , Jessica Justrabo, Wendy Shillingford, Shane Kenneth from Deputy Chief Trish McIntyre , Jim Yancula, Craig Cooper and Orest Katolyk for being on the panel tonight addressing core issues and speaking with the community.

London, thank you all for coming to our second town hall and fourth ward event. It’s important that we continue to engage with one another.

Links to some videos of the event can be found here and here

Wishing a happy Diwali to everyone celebrating and observing in London, Ontario and around the world.‬

 

 

 

 

Saddened by this news, just the other day we were at the opening ceremony and now they are facing this tragedy. Saddened for the neighbour who’s home was damaged but we are happy to hear that no one was injured.

#millenials are you voting on October 21st? I am invested in your vote and I’m happy to help get people to voting polls. It’s our time and we have to get out and vote! Tell a friend to tell a friend. #elx43 #cdnpoli #canadavotes2019

Wishing you and your family a Happy thanksgiving. This is a moment to reflect on all that we are thankful for and I’m grateful for my family, friends and community. I hope you take the time to appreciate life, your community and even the things that haven’t worked out yet. Happy thanksgiving!
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Did a lot of cool things yesterday. It was a privilege to celebrate new Canadians as they received their citizenship at the London Library and also opened Indwell CA ‘S Woodfield Gate, an affordable/supportive housing for our community on #WorldHomelessnessDay2019

 

 

Today is World Mental Health Day. Suicide is preventable with the right tools and resources. Click here to learn about suicide prevention.

If you ever need anyone to talk to, at any time, you can contact someone by:
Calling 1-833-456-4566 or 1-800-668-6868
Texting HELLO to 686868

 

 

Today we honour and remember the people who endured the residential school system – the survived, and the many who didnt survive. My colleagues and I stand with the indigenous community today. 

 

 

Youth-led Climate Strike. This is what democracy looks like.

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Celebrating 10 years of hard work, compassion care and kindness. That’s what the London and Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership is about in our community. Thank you for welcoming everyone in our city and for making everyone feel welcome and wanted. 

 

 

 

Nous célébrons la journée #francoontarien au Western Fair avec ma collègues Maureen Cassidy. Contente de voir notre député de London-West Peggy Satler qui nous soutiens aussi.

Our Back to School Event was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it. Thank you also to the vendors for the entertainment, food, music and fun provided. I hope everyone has an enjoyable, safe and fun school term.

Have a safe and fun-filled Labour Day everyone!

Let’s not forget what the movement was about. Just and fair society.

Directed staff to put $7.3 million dollars into addressing a crisis facing our community. #Ldnont as a community we are facing a crisis in homelessness, lack of supportive housing, mental and addiction services and support for community and safety plans. Happy that LMN (London Médical Network) has returned this past investment which is crucial to dealing with this crisis as we go into a multi-year budget. This isn’t the answer to it all but it sure is a step in the right direction as we continue to work with the whole community to address the state in which we are in.

Amazing news for our community!! 
Over $123 million in Federal funding to improve transit and transportation in London, including three critical phases of rapid transit. 
Congratulations to staff on their hard work!

 

What a joy it was to be at YOU London’s announcement of $560,000 for the renovation of heritage buildings to provide 6 supportive/affordable rental units to young adults leaving the care of The Children’s Aid Society of Ldn-Middlesex. Also loved listening to Adam Vaughan and his infinite wisdom.

 

 

Have you RSVP’d yet?

This is a reminder that we will be hosting a free Back to School Party for the community. The event will be held at Dundas Place on September 7th from 10am to 2pm.

I would love to see you all there!

 

 

On this day, we recognize the lives that have been lost by those fighting for humanitarian causes across the world. #WorldHumanitarianDay

 
 
 
 
 

Extending our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to our neighbors in #OEV after the explosion from last night. We will be sharing necessary information as well. So far here are the road closures. Councillor Jesse Helmer has been on site and if you’re looking for opportunities to support the community connect with him and his office.

‪I had a great time at the Oxford Park Community Association community BBQ with amazing food, music and a lot of fun. Thanks for having me and for always working to bring community together. #Ldnont

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James is volunteering with us this summer and we just came back from canvassing Dundas street in this heat. Warm welcome to James.

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Thrilled to be on the 2019 list of Top 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada list.

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Enjoying Sunfest with Councillor Elizabeth Peloza waiting for things to get started. It’s a nice and beautiful day out make sure to check it out.

How cool is it that I am fortunate to say happy Independence Day to 3 countries woven in my identity ? 
Burundi birthed me, Canada| Kanata Raised me and Rwanda gave me a SON.

Enjoy this wonderful hot day& reflect on how “YOU” can make your communities better through dialogues, recognition&servitude to the Indigenous peoples as we have them to thank for this land. 
Continue/Start reflecting on the “Ubuntu” spirit and how we can strengthen our bond for the betterment of our communities. 

**Keep in mind that fire works are triggers to a lot of People. Have fun & enjoy your families**

I’m excited to pass along the news that the 2019 Ontario Renovates application / intake is now open! 

A society that celebrates its diversity is a strong and tolerant society. Let us celebrate our differences and grow in the process.

Congratulations to the Toronto Raptors on your championship win!

Day started at Oxford Park, celebration of Franco Fête , Indigenous Solidarity in KEVA and more Franco-Fête celebrations.

Today is National Indigenous People’s Day. It is a day for us to recognize and celebrate the unique culture, heritage, traditions and contributions of those indigenous to Canada. There will be a solidarity event in Wortley Village. 

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences."

- Audre Lorde

As we celebrate #WorldRefugeeDay2019 remember that refugees are humans. I am human. Let’s work to eliminate the stigma associated with being a refugee.


Relived the Junos today through Chris Campbell’s presentation at the Tourism London AGM.

 #nostalgia#LdnOnt

A congratulations goes out to Steve Williams and to Deputy McIntyre as well, for her new role.

Congrats also to the board, Susan Toth. #ChangeOfCommandCeremony#ldnont

 

Just a little shout out to Mohamed Salih as he stands tall and represents us in places we’re not often found and makes an impact. #ProudSister

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Kids reacting to the way people treat women in politics is everything! Thanks Kate Graham for putting this together. Also, I’m so proud that my son recognized that what people said to Kathleen Wynne isn’t what they would say to Justin Trudeau

 

Remember, children are watching and are paying attention.

Happy Father’s Day to the guiding lights in our lives.

Dundas place was the place to be! 
Can’t wait to see what else we are going to do on this street.

Thanks a lot to Staff for their hard work in making this happen. 
#WeTheNorth

Happy 2nd birthday to London Bicycle Café. Stop by and give them a hug and support them.

Today is World Oceans Day. Did you know that around 70% of earth’s oxygen comes from oceans around the world. Let us do our part to keep our oceans clean. It can be as simple as reducing our use of plastic, whenever possible. #worldoceansday

This year’s theme for World Environment Day is air pollution. According to the World Health Organization, 7 million die from disease caused by air pollution every year.

While you take care of yourself and those around you, don’t forget to take care of the earth.

Wishing a happy Eid al-Fitr to our muslim brothers and sisters celebrating in #LdnOnt and across the world. 

#EidMubarak

Federation of Canadian Municipalities 2019 Conference #FCM2019

At #FCM2019, Justin Trudeau listing #cdnmuni 
priorities, the work they’ve done and will continue to do. Transit, housing, job creation & the focus on helping families and businesses is what all governments should be focused on! #onpoli please shift towards these priorities. #LDNONT

“If you need medication you should use your health card and not your credit card”
Jagmeet Singh 👏🏾 
#FCM2019

Spent my morning yesterday with amazing women (Ainsley Jeffery, Officer Theresa Allott, Emma O’Connor and Susan Mark)  on the Female Empowerment Day panel at Oakridge Secondary School. I’m amazed at how many young women are standing up to create safer spaces and communities not just for them but for their peers.

Thank you to the staff and teachers at Oakridge Secondary School for allowing these young women the space to empower themselves and thank you for having me!
#womenempowerment
#femaleempowerment
#ldnont

Just asked staff to look into hosting #BlackHistoryMonth Celebration at City Hall. Thank you to my colleagues for supporting this.

If you want to see the city of london implementat this, email me at akayabag@london.ca

Have you been on a panel with a woman you look up to? I did. Tonight was amazing watching #KnockDownTheHouse with our community and amazing women pushing for change in #LDNont.

Thank you Peggy Sattler for hosting Dr. Kate GrahamShawna Lewkowitz for London West, Anne-Marie Sanchez and I

Did you know that Monday, May 27th is Bike to Work Day in London? So if possible, dust off your bike this weekend and use it to get to work on Monday as a healthier alternative.

Happy Victoria Day to those celebrating. If you will be doing fireworks please be safe and be mindful of others who be triggered by loud noises and bright flashing lights. The Fanshawe Conservation Area will be hosting public fireworks. Please note that it is $20/car. Find out more by visiting the link below

At the London Muslim Mosque annual fundraising #iftar at the London Convention Center. So far they’ve raised over 300,000$ 

Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Let us all work towards creating a world that is inclusive for everyone regardless of sexual orientation and gender. Everyone should feel welcomed and comfortable in all spaces.

Thank you to the Rotary Club for this appreciation certificate and the 30 kids that will receive a donation in my name. Thank you for your contributions in our community

Entreveu avec ONFR+ :

Élue au conseil municipal de London à l’automne dernier, Arielle Kayabaga espère paver la voie pour les autres femmes qui, comme elle, souhaitent percer dans le monde politique. Cette réfugiée burundaise revient sur les hauts et les bas qui accompagnent le fait d’être la première femme noire élue à London.

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers especially the ones who didn’t get to go home with their babies. On this day, I celebrate you.

Happy Mother’s Day also to my beautiful and strong mama. You are not thanked enough for all the sacrifices you continually make to make our lives better. My son and I are very thankful for your love and presence in our lives. You are proof of what love is really about 

 

 

 

 

At McDonald’s on 151 Dundas Street in Ward 13 collecting donations for #McHappyDay2019 and so far we’ve raised $1,431 donations.The staff were amazing; thank you for having me. I am also dedicating this day to my colleague Elizabeth Peloza, thank you for sharing your story.

Ramadan Mubarak to all those who celebrate!

 

 

Thanks to Lord Roberts French Immersion Public School’s grade 7 and 8 students for visiting us as part of their London Arts Council Culture City program. cc: @Ed Holder

Our City of London, Ontario is… 
…the first city in Canada to have ranked ballot
…the first city in Canada to provide free menstrual products across the city

And we have now joined other cities in the declaring of a climate change emergency.

Happy Easter to all of you who celebrate!

Thank you to Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes and RBC for contributing in our youth and investing in training & finding meaningful work for the youth. 

Just wrapped my first town hall for Ward 13!

I would like to extend my gratitude to staff for the support and information they shared to our community. I would also like to thank the community for showing up and asking important questions!

Have more questions? Email us at akayabaga@london.ca

Thank you Derek for allowing me to tag along while you do your work. Derek was kind and showed me the work that he does on a day to day basis. His work consists of enforcing The Yard & Lot maintenance by-law PW9.

Today is World Autism Awareness Day. Let us continue to educate ourselves and work to create a more understanding, equitable and inclusive world for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

April 7th marks the beginning of 100 days of mourning when we remember the victims of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against Tutsis. I’ll also be remembering the 1993 Burundian Genocide! #Kwibuka

Repost from Operation Black Vote Canada

We have a few first here! First Black woman elected to federal parliament Hon. Dr. Jean Augustine , first woman prime minister Kim Campbell and first Black woman city councillor of London Arielle Kayabaga, all at Equal Voice 
#DaughtersoftheVote #representationmatters

Thank you to the Labatt Brewery London team for the tour and information on your many & great contributions in our community!


What a day! Hearing Dr. Jill Andrew deliver a keynote speech, receiving an award delivered by Mitzie Hunter and being on a panel with the amazing Tiffany Ford and Felicia Samuel is a perfect way to enjoy a Saturday!

So excited to be at this International Women’s Day 2019 event organized by Western USC by amazing women in the women studies council. And I got flowers!

Happy International Women’s Day. Following the theme of balance, let us commit to gender equity, calling out discrimination in all its forms and celebrating the many women who have achieved so much.

 

 

“I raise up my voice — not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” 
Malala Yousafzai
Activist

I was honored to be part of the speakers’ panel today at an event hosted by the Middlesex-London Health Unit. This event gave an update to the local response on the opioid crisis and presented data on opioid-related deaths in 2018.It takes a village to solve a crisis and these numbers show that together, we can do just that. Once again, thank you to all the community partners involved.

 

“The local strategy to respond to the opioid crisis has been built on the four pillars of prevention, treatment, harm reduction and enforcement. Each of the partners that has collaborated in this response has been able to provide services and support that align with this model that has been shown to reduce the potentially deadly outcomes associated with addiction to opioid drugs. While the results so far are encouraging, much remains to be done.”

Middlesex-London Health Unit

Thank you to everyone who made it out to the ward meeting last night despite the weather.