President, Telcam Training Inc., Mississauga. Born: St. Thomas, Jamaica.
For over 30 years, Norma has been serving the Black Canadian community on various professional Boards. She is a former Board member of the Canadian Society of Training and Development, an advisory Board member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals, Ontario Chapter, and a member of the Toronto Board of Trade.
The first Black person elected to serve as an Executive to the Ontario Liberal Party, Norma served as Vice-President of Policy from 1988 to 1991. She’s conducted sessions for women seeking political office; additionally she has chaired or co-chaired several major leadership campaigns, and has worked closely with Premiers and Government ministers on policy issues.
A graduate of York University with a degree in Business, Norma was recently appointed as a member of the Ontario Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.
Favourite book? The Power of Positive Thinking by Vincent Norman Peale. The book focuses on positive principles and captures stories of people who have overcome obstacles and succeeded.
Favourite quotes? 1) “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” – Plutarch (1st century A.D.; Greek historian and biographer) 2) “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Run for political office.
Who or what inspires you? Martin Luther King, Jr. Helping people.
Why do you do what you do? I am motivated to help people.