Prepare to be moved and inspired by the life of an incredible woman who broke barriers and fought tirelessly for social justice. The Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine is a Canadian icon whose legacy has made a lasting impact on society. In the highly anticipated documentary film “Steadfast – The Messenger and the Message” directed by Fahim Hamid Ali, you will witness the unwavering determination of a trailblazing federal level politician, social activist, and educator.
Through captivating enactments and firsthand accounts, the film captures Dr. Augustine’s journey from her humble beginnings in Grenada, West Indies, to her numerous achievements and accolades after immigrating to Canada in 1960. Her life is a testament to the power of perseverance, courage, and the unwavering commitment to fighting for the rights of women, African-Canadians, and the socially disadvantaged.
Join us in screening and discussing "Steadfast - The Messenger and the Message" alongside the Hon. Dr. Jean Augustine and the people that made this film possible!
Hon. Dr. Jean Augustine
Hon. Dr. Jean Augustine P.C., C.M., O.Ont., C.B.E. is the first African-Canadian woman to be elected to the House of Commons. She was elected in the riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore in 1993 and sat in Parliament until 2006. During this time, she served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Minister of State and Deputy Speaker.Website
Fahim Hamid Ali
Canadian filmmaker and artist
Fahim Hamid Ali is a Canadian filmmaker and artist known for his passion for non-fiction projects showcasing the diverse pan-Canadian experience. With a career spanning three decades, Fahim's artistic journey started as a renowned painter and calligraphy artist with exhibitions held all around the world, including the Vatican, Paris, and London.
Fahim's dedication to uncovering subjects pertinent to life in Canada has resulted in two acclaimed films, Magical Milton and Maple Morning, which were screened at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. He is celebrated as one of the most active filmmakers of South Asian origin in Canada.
As an artist, Fahim's signature style is evident in his corded lines and stained glass painting effects on canvas. He works with freedom of thought and medium, resulting in visually pleasing and experimental pieces that often depict wildlife, thematic paintings, and critical periods in human history. Fahim's art has been exhibited globally, including an event organized by the Embassy of Pakistan in Paris, where he was praised for his unique angle and approach towards art. His interior design is also highly sought after, where he creates harmony through new ideas that breathe life into every corner of a home.
Overall, Fahim Hamid Ali is a highly respected figure in the Canadian artistic community, known for his passion for celebrating the diverse culture and beauty of his country through his work.
entrepreneur and writer
Majid Kazmi is an entrepreneur and writer whose experience spans various writing genres, from non-fiction to screenplays. His work gained widespread recognition in Canada and abroad, including as a contributor to The Huffington Post on a wide range of topics including business strategy, leadership, and personal growth.
One of his standout achievements is his bestselling book, "The First Dancer," which has received acclaim from renowned writers, including the likes of Robin Sharma and Brian Tracy.
Beyond his writing, Majid Kazmi is a respected figure in the area of diversity and inclusion in Canada. He has lent his expertise and leadership to the boards of several Canadian non-profit organizations, working diligently to foster a more inclusive and equitable society.
Before embarking on his writing journey, Majid enjoyed a successful career in the banking sector, where he specialized in business strategy and product innovation for nearly two decades. His impressive track record also includes founding uGen Group, an education and employment consulting firm, and serving as the CEO of Valu Ventures Inc., an early-stage start-up investor and incubator.
Presently, Majid serves as the CEO of Stralent Brand Management Inc., a distinguished marketing and brand strategy firm in Canada, where he oversees the execution of the strategic vision of the company.
As an immigrant success story and as a mentor for young Canadians, Majid has been featured in the media, including CBC television and radio. He continues to work in the areas of diversity and inclusion with a deep commitment to creating a positive impact in his community and beyond.