Telling Our Stories with Dr. Makaziwe Mandela

December 2, 2021
Dr. Mandela headshot

The Town of Collingwood is honoured to have Dr. Makaziwe Mandela lead a discussion on the importance of equity, the power of cultural diversity, and opportunities for social change. Community members are invited to participate in this powerful learning opportunity.

Dr. Mandela will deliver a virtual presentation followed by a brief question and answer period on Monday, December 13th beginning at 2:00 p.m. 

Dr. Mandela is the eldest daughter of Evelyn Mase and the late President, Nelson Mandela. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa she grew up in Soweto. She received a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship and Fulbright Distinguished Fellowship Award to study at the University of Massachusetts for a Masters in Sociology and Doctorate in Anthropology. This was preceded by a BA degree in Social Work (Fort Hare University) and an Honours degree in Sociology (University in Natal). 

Her studies, career and advocacy work have taken her around the world. Dr. Mandela is currently Chairperson of the House of Mandela a business she started with her daughter Tukwini Mandela and is the director of the House of Mandela Family Foundation. The Foundation works to improve the livelihoods of poor communities and globally advocate for social issues that affect African communities mainly social justice, advocacy, HIV and AIDS, education, health, agriculture, women empowerment and promoting alternate energy sectors. 

We are fortunate to have Nova Browning Rutherford, a member of the Unity Collective join the Town in introducing Dr. Mandela. Nova is a professional speaker and leadership development facilitator who speaks to the importance of mental health, social and emotional intelligence across sectors. Nova is passionate about social justice and community building.

Providing opportunities for learning and cultural awareness training has been an important focus for Town Council and staff to support equity and diversity, fundamental values for building inclusive services and community. Collectively, we all play a role in promoting respect and creating an inclusive environment which celebrates our diversity and nurtures belonging.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Mandela. We invite you to attend this discussion by reserving a ticket at: Eventbrite link. This is a free event open to the community however booking is essential.

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Parker
Community Well-being & Inclusion
T. 705-445-2500 ext. 3260

Christa Carter
Manager, Public Relations & Communications
T. 705-445-1030 Ext. 3274