Country of Origin:
Black History/African Heritage
Nadine Williams, a native of St. Mary Parish, Jamaica, is a poet and author, who credits her success to humble beginnings reading under the kerosene lamplight to her family as a child, coupled with being reared by witty grandparents who spoke in parables all the time.
Currently she calls Brampton, Ontario her home. In 2008, she successfully self-published her first book of poetry, The Culmination of Marriage Between Me & My Pen, and has been actively engaged in many noteworthy events throughout the GTA ever since. The overwhelming success and demand for the book resulted in the launch of two new books, With This Pen I Do Tell, and a children’s book, Love Rocks.
In 2011, Nadine was the recipient of four awards: Community Service Award from York Regional Police, Mayoral Award as Brampton poet, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Volunteer Award, and Culture Link Community Service Award.
She has read at Queen’s Park for Black History Month, Canada Day and Emancipation Day ceremonies. She was designated as POET for Black History Month 2010, appearing on the City of Brampton’s Black History Month poster for 2011. Nadina has read at several schools as well as countless community events organized by United Achievers, City of Brampton, City of Toronto, Peel Children’s Centre, University of Toronto, York University, George Brown College, and York Regional Police. She has read at countless International Women’s Day events and facilitated workshops for MicroSkills and YWCA. She was involved in the flag raising ceremony for Jamaica’s independence with the City of Brampton, and with the Hon. Margaret Best at Queen's Park. She has been in the media several times, readings on Rogers TV, CHRY 105.5, Planet Africa TV, and CBC Radio. Nadine participated in initiatives to stop violence with MP Ruby Dhalla in Brampton. She read at the Aroni Awards, The Planet Africa Awards, The African Canadian Women Achievement Awards, The BBPA Sponsorship Appreciation Reception and Scholarship Awards, for the nurses at Sunnybrook and Women's College Hospital in commemorating Nurses Week, as well as for The City of Brampton’s United Way Campaign.
In the fall of 2008, Nadine hosted a Community Dialogue Breakfast in North York to address youth violence, which saw attendance from MPs, York Regional Police, ministers, community leaders, parents, and youths. She successfully produced two theatrical shows at Brampton’s Rose Theatre entitled Mono-Linguistics with a Twist.
Her poem LOVE was mounted at the School of Makeup Art in Yorkville, her tribute poem for Haydain Neale hangs on the walls of Mount Sinai Hospital and her poem THE IMMIGRANT CHILD sits on a wall in Senator Don Meredith’s office on Parliament Hill. Several copies of her poster poems are mounted on the walls of various schools and community organizations throughout the GTA. Various school boards throughout Ontario have become the main platform for her work through workshops, readings and poster displays.
She continues to be involved with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, reading her poem THE IMMIGRANT CHILD, singing the national anthem, and welcoming new Canadians by gifting them with the Canadian flag.