Posts Tagged ‘Carleton University’

W.E.B. DuBois Celebration in New York

In Beauty, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Music, Opinion, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on June 5, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Heading down to New York with some old friends of mine from undergrad, we discovered that there was a lot more to black history than we knew about before:

Example of a Demotape

In Beauty, book reviews, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Events, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on June 3, 2017 at 3:00 AM

This is an old demotape that I used to use after I graduated from Carleton University. My book Radio and Television Announcing covers more information about broadcast work. Journalism Stories Collection will introduce you to more published work. You can buy it at:

Kiddie Card Whiz (Originally Aired on CJOH-TV)

In Business, Creative Writing, Education, Living, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on January 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM

This story aired back in 1993 with CJOH-TV in Ottawa, Canada while I was doing my undergraduate work in journalism at Carleton University. I was on internship there and found out about a 7-year-old at the time who had his own business:

Black Women Share Career Experiences (Originally Published in the Charlatan Newspaper)

In Culture, Writing (all kinds) on November 22, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Nov. 6 presented a rare opportunity for five black women professionals to share their personal experiences, success strategies and encouragement with Carleton’s black community.

“It’s good to see someone there in the image of yourself succeeding,” said Kathy Wilkinson, a member of Perspectives.

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Donna’s Video Work

In Uncategorized, Video Work on March 31, 2015 at 3:00 AM

This is a rough demo tape of video work I have done for the Discovery Channel, CJOH-TV, a really old story from Carleton University featuring the late Princess Diana and a public service announcement I did throughout Ontario back in 2003. Take a look and enjoy.

Bayshore – March 26, 1993

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on July 12, 2014 at 3:00 AM

In Culture, Education, Writing (all kinds) on April 25, 2009 at 07:54

Sitting on a couch in her living room, 10-year-old Michelle Lucien points to a bruise on her left ankle. Her crutches sit in a corner of the room.

“My ankle got sprained when this boy at school kicked me and me trip,” says Michelle. “He called me a black bitch.”

Michelle is a grade 5 student at Bayshore Public School. Her mother, Girlsen Lucien, says Michelle has experienced racial discrimination at school for over two years. Read the rest of this entry »

CanUgan News

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on December 4, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Dear friends and supporters,


I am pleased to attach the latest issue of our newsletter, CanUgan News. In this issue, you will find information about CanUgan’s activities and events, including our collaborative project involving four students from Carleton University, vocational training of persons with disabilities in Kasese, our 2012 Annual Review, and an early note about our upcoming brunch in April.   Read the rest of this entry »

Linking With Former Students

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on March 19, 2011 at 6:00 AM

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I just heard some terrific news last night. One of my former students from Seneca College will be doing his Ph.D. in political science at Carleton University. He is also receiving full funding to do this degree over four years.

This is some of the most satisfying news I can hear from a former student. I have another former student of mine from the University of Guelph-Humber that told me earlier this year that he had bought a house and was still be considered for continued work at CTV. I have former students working at CTV, MTV Canada, CBC, who have worked with the Toronto Star and the Toronto Sun and are also writing columns for the Metro in Toronto to name a few places. This kind of news brings me a lot of joy and makes the teaching that I do all worthwhile.

If you are a former student of mine and you have good news to share about how you are doing, please drop me a line at Plus, you can also comment on this magazine.

Becoming an Educator: Teaching the next generation of journalists and media Professionals (Published on

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Writing (all kinds) on March 18, 2011 at 6:00 AM

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It took me five years to teach in Toronto. My first teaching experience was at Carleton University in Ottawa as a Television Teaching Assistant. I later went on to teach in Kampala, Uganda at Makerere University (the oldest African university) and while I was a graduate student at Concordia University.

I had grown up in Toronto, however, once I reached the age of 18, due to work and school, I spent time outside of the city. I returned to Toronto for my longest stay in any one city since the age of 18 in 2001. I returned to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), as well as worked with, Young People’s Press, the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, freelance talent work, Media Research Institute, Share Newspaper, Pride Newsmagazine and New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine to name a few. I really wanted to make the transition to teaching, and 40-year veteran of journalism Robert Payne helped me to make that transition.

I went to him for career coaching and he let me know in 2005 that there was a job opening in teaching at Centennial College. I applied for the full-time job and although I did not get it, it opened the door for me to teach my first course in Toronto at Centennial in Magazine Journalism that started January 2006.

This experience springboarded into working at Seneca College, University of Guelph-Humber, Humber College, Trebas Institute, George Brown College and Ryerson University. If I did not have my master’s degree from Concordia University in Montréal, I would not be able to do this work.

The landscape for what a lot of post-secondary institutions are asking of journalism educators is changing. Mike Karapita at Humber College calls it “credentializing.” There is a movement for educators to become more educated, and this is a big reason why I am currently doing my Ph.D. in Education at OISE/University of Toronto. I started May 2010.

The next generation of journalism educators has many challenges ahead of them. It is still a competitive market that grows even more competitive because those that are untrained in the field continue to make strides. Journalism education needs more of an emphasis on how young journalists can be entrepreneurs and successfully run their own freelancing business. This is effective from a tax perspective, as well as a job security perspective. Job security is an elusive thing these days; however young journalists can stay on top of this by working for a variety of employers.

If you would like more information on this topic, you can email Donna Kakonge at dkakonge@gmail.ccom.

Black Professor Turns Negatives into Positives (Originally Published in Centretown News)

In Education, Writing (all kinds) on March 13, 2011 at 6:00 AM

In Greek, Bernice means “one who bears good news of victory.” Bernice Moreau’s life is a testament to achievement in the face of struggle.

When Moreau first came to Centretown in September 1991, she was called a “nigger” y three white youths at the corner of Bank Street and Laurier Avenue.

She walked away from the experience feeling great.

“Because I can walk as a black woman, and they have the problem. I don’t, it’s their problem, it’s not mine. It’s given me more power. They didn’t know who I am,” she says with a voice filled with the sound of the West Indies.

Black rights activist Rosa parks pose on Moreau’s walls, along with other black and white photographs of black women.

At work, Moreau wears no makeup or any visible jewelry.

She’s a natural looking woman who appears to hide nothing about her.

Moreau is the only black female lecturer at Carleton University on the tenure path. After certain specified conditions on length of service and performance, tenure will secure Moreau a permanent status in her job.

She teaches courses such as theorems of gender, race, and class and the history and philosophy of social work.

Moreau was born in Trinidad. She came to Canada to do a BA in sociology at Dalhousie University.

“When I got my first degree, I sent a picture home to Mom. She walked all through the community and showed it. It was a celebration. What I did, I did for my community,” she says pushing her glasses higher on her nose.

“Social mobility, political or any kind of mobility was more by the way of education than any other route. As a black woman, I could be the prime minister of Trinidad if I wanted to do it.

“Being a black woman wouldn’t have hindered me. Maybe in days gone by being women would have hindered me, but not being black.”

Moreau does not let being black hinder her in Canadian society. She is currently working on a Ph.D. in sociology through the University of Toronto.

“For many white students, I’m the first black female professor that they’ve had.”

She asks her class on the first day how they feel about having a black female professor.

“I deal with it head-on. I know the society in which we live; I know that colour and race are major issues. Colour of skin equals intelligence. Worse again to society, I’m a black woman.

“I say here I am, if you have problems with me that’s alright, you can talk about your problems and your difficulties. That is my way.”

One of the first things Moreau does when she gets into a community is find a “PRO-tes-TANT” church, as she pronounces it.

“Spirituality helps me with the daily pressure, particularly in this society being far away from home. It gives me community.

“I drifted across this country quite a lot. From 1976 I’ve lived in Nova Scotia, Toronto, New Brunswick and here. Finding a church gives me an immediate community. I can share what I have, and they can share what they have with me.”

She attends the Ottawa Church of God on Wellington Street, which is a mainly black church.

She teaches Sunday school, ages eight to 11. She plans to start teaching the history of black people to her class.

“When you know your history, you can stand proud.”

Moreau is proud of who and what she is.

“I’m a model for black female students. I know for sure that in this department of social work the black women are encouraged.”

Her victory as a black woman expresses good news of the victory others can also have.

Bob Phillips: Canadian

In Business, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Music, Opinion, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on September 3, 2009 at 7:54 AM

Bob Phillips was the editor of a bilingual newspaper in Aylmer, Quebec. This tells of his story of a sensitive man who tried to bridge the gap between two language communities in the place where he lived:

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