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Who We Are

History

For more than three decades Roots Community Services Inc. (RootsCS), formerly United Achievers’ Community Services Inc. has provided culturally-sensitive and culturally-enriching programs to the Black and Caribbean communities in the Region of Peel.

RootsCS has partnered with agencies of the federal and provincial governments, the Region of Peel, the City of Brampton, other community service agencies and businesses to deliver programs and services that helped individuals and families improve their livelihood, and contributed to building stronger, safer communities in the Region.

The organization was established by the United Achievers’ Club in the mid-1980s as the United Achievers’ Community Services to focus on addressing the needs identified primarily in the Black and Caribbean communities. It was incorporated in 1998 and in 2000, the organization received its charitable status, opening up the way to more funding opportunities.

The name was changed to Roots Community Services Inc. in 2019 after extensive consultation with the community, funders, clients, staff and volunteers.

The strategic focus and work of RootsCS is deeply rooted in the passion of its founders. That passion is to provide programs and services that reduce, if not eliminate, social inequities that are major barriers to the successful growth of strong families and individuals within the Black and Caribbean communities.

Over the years, RootsCS has developed unique capabilities and competencies that have given it recognition as an agency that advocates for and delivers services for improving the overall health and well-being of its target population. The organization hosts cultural, entertainment and educational events that have served to advance its progress towards being recognized as the hub for facilitating or fulfilling the needs of its client population.

Our Board of Directors / 2021 - 2022

  • Andrea Randall - President & Board Chair
  • Althea Smikle-Brown - Vice President
  • Carol Nicholson - Treasurer
  • Arvind Krishendeholl - Secretary
  • Patricia Wilson - Immediate Past President
  • Colin McClean
  • Leo Campbell
  • Akinade Oduntan
  • Douglas Carter

Staff List

Mental Health & Wellness Teams

Clinical Services

  • Rachelle, Manager, Clinical Services, Mental Health & Wellness
  • Beatrice, Counsellor, Building Healthy Families, Peel CAS
  • Henry, Akoma Wraparound Navigator, Building Healthy Families, Peel CAS
  • Jacquline, Counsellor, Building Healthy Families, Peel CAS
  • Janin, Counsellor, Fresh Start for Women
  • Joseph, Counsellor, Men's Program
  • Kailah, Client Services Navigator, Mental Health & Wellness
  • Karen, Therapist, Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) Halton
  • Kayla, Akoma Wraparound Navigator, Building Healthy Families, Peel CAS
  • Norvett, Enhanced Youth Outreach Worker
  • Rabab, Counsellor, Student Family Advocate (Halton)
  • Rasheedat, Counsellor, Student Family Advocate (Peel)
  • Taibat, Counsellor, Gender-Based Violence Prevention Program

Special Projects

  • Shauna, Manager, Special Projects, Mental Health & Wellness
  • Adria, Community Health Ambassador, HPCS
  • Andrea, Support Line Coordinator, BAC Communities Support Line, HPCS
  • Jaleesa, Social Worker, SAPACCY
  • Jamaul, Community Health Ambassador, HPCS
  • Kim, Case Manager, SAPACCY
  • Mariette, Social Worker, SAPACCY
  • Ola, Community Health Ambassador, HPCS

Social Wellbeing & Community Development Teams

  • Natasia, Manager, Programs & Services
  • Grace, Program Coordinator, Healthy, Active & Wise Seniors
  • Izzy, Assistant Coordinator, Healthy, Active & Wise Seniors
  • Nikko, Business Development Coordinator, Elevate & Black Leaders of Tomorrow
  • Rhona, Program Coordinator, ALT Children's Programs
  • Tasha, Program Coordinator, Black Leaders of Tomorrow

Administration

Executive Team

  • Angela, Executive Director
  • Shane, Associate Executive Director
  • Yvonne, Executive Assistant

Communications and Stakeholder Engagement

  • Kristin, Manager, Communications & Stakeholder Engagement

Human Resources

  • (JoAnne) Debra, Manager, HR & Operations
  • Njideka, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
  • Nyah, Office Administrator

Accreditation

To ensure we continually provide excellent and quality service to our communities, we embarked on an accreditation process in 2019. We are in the second year of the three-year process with FOCUS Accreditation, during which we are working toward meeting established standards for efficient and effective services.

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We cannot do it alone and so rely on you – our funders, donors, volunteers – to help us build a strong community that holds a brighter future for our children and youth, a peaceful place for our seniors, and a safe and clean environment for everyone. There are a few ways you can help to make a difference. Which one will you choose?

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