Tiffany Callender is a community worker who has developed various community based programs, particularly for the black community of Montreal. Her field of studies in Human Relations led her naturally into the non-profit sector, where she has worked over the last 14 years. Her passion is to bring new energy and innovative ideas to essential programming, particularly for youth and families at risk.
Her past positions include working as a Community Liaison worker and as project manager of a provincially funded entrepreneurship project, the Ujamaa Initiative for Black Entrepreneurship (UIBE) at the Cote des Neiges Black Community Association (CDNBCA). In 2013, she ascended to lead CDNCBA as the Executive Director, becoming the youngest black woman to lead one of the longest running black community organization in Montreal.
In 2016, she developed a pilot community-based triage system to assist English-speaking families to access health and social services, inspired by the successful completion of a multi-year funding project with the federal government under her stewardship. The triage system, the Community Access Support service, was funded in 2018 for $2.85M over 5 years. This project has expanded across Montreal and has gained active partnerships with public institutions in a short time.
In recent years, she was a signatory for Montréal’s public consultation on systemic discrimination and racism in 2019. This year, she was present her intervention work to the Special Commission on the Rights of the Child and Youth Protection on the overrepresentation of Black children in the youth protection system in Québec. She is an analyst and contributor on Bell Media’s talk radio station CJAD 800.
Tiffany’s career is inspired by her personal life as she is a proud mother of three.