Psi Delta Omega Chapter
Psi Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. originated as a goal of dedicated African Canadian women involved in Black Pearls Community Services, Incorporated, a Toronto-based not-for-profit organization.
In November 2003, the founding members of Black Pearls, led by Renee Rawlins, and along with Sabrina Chang, Leona Earlington, Nicolette Steward and Kimberley Tull, became members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Pi Upsilon Omega Chapter in Freeport, Grand Bahamas. The Black Pearls expressed interest in chartering the first Canadian chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in the province of Ontario.
During the 2006 Boule in Detroit, an idea was born and shared with Norie Knight McKinney to enlist Detroit area Sorors and interested women in Windsor to support the Black Pearls of Toronto. Detroit area Sorors, provided support in various capacities to charter the new Canadian chapter. Barbara K. Hughes Smith was appointed to establish the first Interest Group Meeting, held on November 2, 2006. Sorors enthusiastically volunteered their time and talents. Terri Barnett Coleman formed and led a team to complete corporate documents; and Roberta Hughes Wright hosted an orientation, with charitable giving as the focus.
Outreach efforts were made to enlist eligible women in the Detroit/Windsor area to join the charge to charter a new International chapter in Ontario Canada. Sorors from Toronto and the Detroit/Windsor area combined to form Black Pearls of Ontario interest group to charter the first chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in Canada.
On the weekend culminating in March 18, 2007, Psi Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was chartered in Toronto, Ontario.
Initially, service activities were provided to communities in Toronto, London and Windsor. For the last several years, Psi Delta Omega has focused its efforts on providing service to residents of Windsor and Essex County, especially vulnerable populations. A broad cross section of the community has been served through the chapter’s positive partnerships with organizations including but not limited to the United Way Centraide Windsor-Essex County, the Windsor Downtown Mission, Women’s
Enterprise Skills Training, Inc., Sandwich Teen Action Group, the Coalition for Justice, Unity, and Equity, the Greater Essex County District School Board, the Windsor Youth Centre, the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the University of Windsor Annual African Diaspora Youth Conference, and Ronald McDonald House Windsor.
PSI DELTA OMEGA CHAPTER
“Psi Delta Omega’s mission is to grow and develop our membership through recruitment and professional development, encourage ethical standards, foster sisterly bonds of friendship and unity while serving the needs of the communities in the Province of Ontario and to be of “Service to All Mankind”..”