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Delores Lawrence

Entrepreneur, Mentor, Philanthropist

David Taylor

A David Taylor is a proud husband, father, and grandfather. He is a Management Accountant and is currently President of Barvid Financial Services Inc.  He spent his working years in Jamaica with Coopers & Lybrand (now part of PricewaterhouseCoopers), and subsequently joined the Toronto office when he emigrated to Canada in 1980.  

Taylor established Barvid Financial Services Inc. ("BFSI") in 1995.  The firm services a niche market, handling the business affairs of professional services firms. In this regard, BFSI has been, and continues to be, involved in the establishment of some of the premier legal boutiques in the City of Toronto.  Additionally, BFSI believes strongly in social justice, and in giving back to the communities to which it belongs. To this end, the firm has used its financial management skills to assist a number of organizations which benefit both the Canadian and Jamaican communities.

He also currently serves as President of Ecuhome Corporation: a non-profit housing corporation that provides quality affordable housing and support for people who have experienced homelessness. Ecuhome operates 58 shared houses, an historic 60-room rooming house, and 5 apartment buildings throughout Toronto.

Taylor has served on various boards and committees in the past. He is a past President of the Jamaica College Old Boys' Association of Canada; a former Chair of the Social Justice and Advocacy Board of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto; a former Treasurer and Director of Project Work, a charity which provides training to, and obtains jobs for, young adults with intellectual disabilities; a former member of the Town of Markham's Achievement and Civic Recognition Awards Committee; a former member of Council of The Anglican Diocese of Toronto; and a delegate from the Diocese to The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada. He currently sits on the Allocations Committee of FaithWorks, the arm of the Diocese of Toronto that provides annual funding of over $1.2 Million to various charities and Ministries in the Episcopal Area.
On January 1, 2014, Taylor will be presented with the Order of the Diocese of Toronto at the inaugural awards presentation by the Archbishop of Toronto. This award recognizes significant contributions made by lay persons to making a difference in the life of the church, and people in their communities.

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The Rt. Rev. Peter Fenty

Delores is the founder; President & CEO of NHI Nursing & Homemakers Incorporated since 1985.  A company that offers health care staffing and home care services. She impacts the Canadian economy with over 1000 employees comprising of temporary, permanent, casual and contract workers.  Over 50 different languages spoken throughout the organizations also as employees a significant amount of employees from Caribbean background. With her leadership NHI is committed to continuous quality improvement and in March 2013 the organization had a organizational review and scored a 98.3% overall rating by Accreditation Canada, this is an organization that measures NHI's standard of practice against national standards. NHI is the recipient of four consecutive years of Consumers' Choice Award for Excellence in Nurse Services.  A member of various business, professional and community organizations.

Over the past six years Delores thru NHI has provided several students from Tropicana job placements and mentoring for summer programs and has also hired graduates into the organizations as employees. She has organized shipment of variety of medical equipment and supplies to various hospitals an infirmaries in Jamaica and have facilitated visits by politicians and medical students from Jamaica to hospitals and long term care facilities in Canada.

Delores has received many awards and recognitions.  She was appointed to the Anglican Church Diocese of Toronto Executive and Diocesan Council in 2006 to present.  Was the co-chair of the Diocese's recent successful $50 million fundraising campaign.   2004-2010 she was the chair of Operation Vote Canada, a non-profit organization formed to educate, motivate, promote and support Canadian's participation in all levels of government.

She is the recipient of many awards and honours; appointed as delegate of the Canadian Government to the First Canadian business women trade mission to the USA ( 1997), University of the West Indies Graduate Nurses Alumni Award  ( 2002), African Canadian Achievement Award - Business (2003),  Recipient of the Order of Ontario ( 2004),- Ontario;s highest honour for a civilian. 2013  the Queen's Jubilee  Medal. Province of Ontario Volunteer Award , Black Nurses Network Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2007), Jamaica Canadian Association Community Award, Planet Africa Award- Enterprise (2009) Harry Jerome Award  (2010) In 2012 for the 9th. Consecutive year she has made the Canada's top 100 Women Entrepreneurs Canada list.

Appointed  to the Ontario Judicial Council in 2010, Board Member and Chair of  Seneca College Board of Governors. Member of the Board  and  Chair of Academic & Patient Care Committee of Sunnybrook & Women's Hospital , Board  Member of the Toronto International Film Festival Group Capital Campaign.  Her philantrophy initiatives have opened many doors in various communities in Canada and internationally.

Delores is a Registered Nurse  with the College of Nurses of Ontario. A graduate of York University, MBA from University of New Hampshire, Diploma in Business Management from Harvard Business School, Graduate of University of Toronto/Rotman's Institute of Corporate Governance Program and a graduate in Lay Ministry from Wycliffe College- University of Toronto.