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Making Strides: Tiffany Callender Accepted into Forbes Business Council

Tiffany Callender has been accepted as a member of the Forbes Business Council!

The Forbes Business Council is not your run-of-the-mill networking hub; it is a nexus of extraordinary minds and as a distinguished council member, Tiffany is poised to infuse her insights into thought-provoking articles through her dedication, impact, and unwavering efforts to cultivate generational wealth for the Canadian Black community.

This journey, however, goes beyond the pages—it is about building connections and propelling change. The Forbes Business Council offers Tiffany a stage to collaborate with fellow trailblazers who are igniting innovation on a global scale. It is a space where ideas flow, learning thrives, and progress is ignited alongside leaders who are shaping our shared future.

In Tiffany’s words, “Being part of this esteemed council will allow me to learn from other exceptional leaders and share insights that can contribute to our collective success.” This sentiment captures the crux of it all—our shared victory. Tiffany’s achievement is not a solitary win; it is a milestone we are all actively contributing to.

Here are three key tips inspired by Tiffany’s accomplishment that you can apply to inspire your own journey towards achieving your dreams:

1.      Define Your Purpose and Persist: Just as Tiffany found her purpose in creating generational wealth for her community, take the time to define what truly drives you. Discover your passion and align it with a meaningful purpose. Once you have identified your purpose, persistently pursue it, even when challenges arise. Your unwavering commitment will fuel your journey towards success.

2.      Embrace Collaboration and Networking: Tiffany’s membership in the Forbes Business Council highlights the power of collaboration and networking. Surround yourself with individuals who share your aspirations and values. Engage in meaningful connections, both online and offline, to exchange ideas, gain insights, and open doors to new opportunities. The collective wisdom of a network can propel you forward faster than going it alone.

3.      Celebrate Small Wins and Shared Victories: Tiffany’s achievements are not just her own; they represent shared victories for her community. Similarly, acknowledge and celebrate your own small wins along the way. Recognize that every step forward, no matter how small, brings you closer to your goal. These victories will keep you motivated and remind you of the progress you are making on your journey.

Remember, your journey is unique, but these tips can serve as guiding principles to help you stay focused on your dreams, create meaningful change, and find success just like Tiffany Callender.

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Rob G.C. Sobey

Board Member

Rob G.C. Sobey is a corporate director. Mr. Sobey was the President & Chief Executive Officer of Lawton’s Drug Stores Limited from 2006 until his retirement in 2014 after 25 years with Sobeys. He serves as a director of SeaFort Capital and the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mr. Sobey is Chair of the Sobey Art Foundation, a member of the Queen’s Smith School of Business Advisory Board and serves on several foundation and not-for-profit boards. For his work as an Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Army, Mr. Sobey received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He holds an undergraduate from Queen’s University, a Master of Business Administration from Babson College, and the ICD.D designation.

Denburk Reid

Board Member

Denburk Reid is the founder of Montreal Community Care Foundation (MCCF). Its mission is to empower youth by developing their leadership skills by using programs, workshops, and events, and by building bridges between communities. As the founder of MCCF, he beliefs that the youth hold the key to Montreal’s future and over the past eight (8) years, its programs have helped hundreds of Montreal youth stay on track, perform community services as well as set and achieve academic and life goals. The organization seeks to empower youth to become engaged citizens and leaders in their homes, schools, and communities. For the past five (5) years, MCCF celebrates and promotes community engagement across Montreal through the Montreal Community Cares Awards.

Along with his role as the founder of MCCF, Mr. Reid is the Founder of Red Rush Basketball & Red Rush Basketball Leadership. He has a passion for empowering youth and meeting them where they are lends to a successful outcome.

Abdikhier Ahmed​

Board Member

Mr. Ahmed is a recognized community leader in the non-profit sector with specializations in immigration and refugee resettlement, poverty reduction, and community empowerment. A dynamic, highly motivated individual with extensive experience in program development and delivery, providing strategic visioning and leadership. Over 10 years’ experience managing programs for non-profit organizations and working with communities and people from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds both locally as well as internationally. Fluently multi-lingual: speaks and writes English, Swahili, Somali and basic Arabic. This experience help guide Mr. Ahmed when he was in the role of Director of Policy at the Office of Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

Mr. Ahmed is currently the Executive Director of Aurora Family Therapy Centre. Aurora is a progressive, non-profit family therapy centre that offers family therapy on a sliding scale; sees clients through services funded by Manitoba Department of Families and Department of Justice; provides community building groups for Newcomers to Canada; hosts a Psycho-Social Settlement Needs Assessment program for incoming refugees; provides summer youth programming for many newcomer communities; supports its own staff and other agencies through vicarious trauma and resilience programming; develops supportive relationships with community partners, and engages in advocacy for accessible community-based therapy services for all. Aurora is in the process of becoming a Centre of Excellence in providing cross cultural therapy from a systemic lens with a special focus on psychological trauma & recovery and community development.