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NEXT LEVEL: Aline Nizigama named YWCA Canada CEO, Russell Grosse joins Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada

"Next Level" spotlights prominent Black Canadians who have been promoted, elevated, or honoured with a prestigious position, award, or monument. Check out Part 6 of the series.

NEXT LEVEL: Aline Nizigama named YWCA Canada CEO, Russell Grosse joins Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
YWCA Canada CEO Aline Nizigama. She will take the helm March 20. YWCA CANADA PHOTO 

YWCA Canada has announced it has appointed Aline Nizigama as its CEO. She will take the helm on March 20, according to a statement.

Nizigama joined the organization from the Centre du Francophone du Grand Toronto, where she was the director of strategic projects, partnerships, and communications.

She has held roles with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board as the manager of language accessibility, the Ontario Ministry of Health, and the Ontario Ministry of Francophone Affairs. From 2012 to 2016, she was the manager of programs and projects with YWCA Canada.

“Over the course of her career, Aline has cemented herself as an exceptional leader in advocacy within anti-racist feminist spaces, approaching her work through the lenses of human rights, equity, and racial justice. She has a strong commitment to the needed work surrounding Reconciliation, decolonization, and anti-Black racism," Dr. Delores V. Mullings, co-chair of the CEO Selection Committee, said in a statement. “This is somewhat of a homecoming for Aline. We look forward to welcoming her back to the YWCA Movement to help create and provide leadership to a bold strategic agenda aligned with the needs of a changing national and global world.”

Raine Liliefeldt, the former interim chief executive officer, will remain onboard with YWCA Canada, serving as the director of member services and development. Susan Kennard, board chair, was thanked for her contributions to the organization.

Grosse announced as head of N.S. Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada

Russell Grosse. LINKEDIN PHOTO

Canada has announced Russell Grosse as the Nova Scotia representative for the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC).

Grosse, who is from Cherry Brook, has worked at the Black Cultural Centre in Nova Scotia and has been its executive director since 2013. He’s been a champion for diversity and the promotion of Black culture, according to a statement.

“Russell Grosse brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and an important perspective to the Board. He joins a passionate group of individuals who care deeply about telling the stories of our shared past for the benefit of Canadians today and future generations,” Steven Guilbeault, minister of environment and climate change and overseer of Parks Canada, said in a statement. “Grosse's expertise on Black history and culture will further advance the important work the Board has done for over a century to commemorate the people, places and events that have shaped history in Canada.”