The Pickering Anti-Black Racism Taskforce (PABRT) is a committee of Council appointees who work in partnership with the Pickering community, Durham-based organizations, businesses, and the City of Pickering to:

  • Enhance the shared experience and opportunities of Black residents;
  • Implement tangible and sustainable actions to support the prevention, reduction and response to systemic and institutional anti-Black racism in Pickering for all community members;
  • Foster transparency and accountability in identifying and addressing systemic and institutional anti-Black racism within Pickering;
  • Identify and coordinate opportunities for community engagement;
  • Celebrate, conserve, and promote the Black community and Black culture, heritage, and history.

Terms of Reference

View the Pickering Anti-Black Racism Taskforce (PABRT) Terms of Reference

Meet the Taskforce 

Taskforce Executives
Odessa Grignon, Chair
Denise David, Vice-Chair  
Sharleen Macsoll, Treasurer


Taskforce Subcommittee Chairs
CC Canzius, Chair, Marketing and Promotions
Andrew Fraser, Chair, Community Partnerships
Kenisha Hanson, Chair, Consultation Initiative


Taskforce Members
Donovan Dill 
Zakkiyya Donaldson 
Bethina Loiseau 
Paul Martin
Keisha Petrolo
Chantelle Russell 
Veronica Shaw

Meeting Schedule

The Taskforce will meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm EST.

Agendas, Minutes and Video

Tell us your thoughts

The City of Pickering is a growing community, rich in diversity, and we must recognize the importance of ensuring that the needs of our community are understood and supported. Please share your thoughts as to how the Pickering Anti-Black Racism Taskforce can better support the community.

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Events and Initiatives

Visit Let's Talk Pickering for details.

Questions or comments?