Biography of Lorraine Delsol: Co-founder, President and Fashion Designer
In 1976, Lorraine Delsol established the House of Lorraine, a Designer boutique in the fashionable Yorkville area of Davenport and Avenue Road. She was the first West Indian designer to launch a major fashion shows in Toronto, which she produced, directed and choreographed; as a result, she was featured regularly in the Toronto Star, the Globe & Mail, Share and the now defunct Contrast.
In June of 1979 Lorraine was the subject of CBC’s Profile on the weekly documentary “The Canadians”. She created a sensation when she introduced the Plastic “See Thru” pants on the fashion scene, which led to interviews by Jeanie Becker on Chum Radio and Bob McAdory on Global TV. Besides designing, Lorraine was a contributing fashion writer for the now defunct Spear Magazine and Caribbean Corner.
For the past ten years, she has worked tirelessly as a volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society and helps whenever needed to serve meals to the less fortunate at St Vincent’s Kitchen.
Biography of Glenora Joseph:Co-founder, Producer and Marketing Director
Glenora Joseph is a Cultural Industry Professional with over 20 years experience. She has showcased her myriad talents in Toronto in coordinating various community events, e.g. Talent Shows, Music Awards, The Caribbean Children Christmas gift exchange program, Cultural Pageants and Fashion shows, organized Caribbean Tours, Excursions and Boat cruises.
Ms. Joseph is the founder of Miss Canada Plus Pageant, an Organization designed to raise self-esteem and to empower culturally diverse, curvy women in Canada. Accounts of her work have been published in various Domestic and International magazines.
Ms. Joseph is very committed to the growth and success of Madame Wob Dwiyet Canada Inc. by placing cultural events in a positive light internationally and within the community, with specific emphasis on Cultural awareness and Education in Toronto and abroad.
Biography of Vanessa Dupie: Co-founder, Event Coordinator and Choreographer.
Vanessa Dupie -Doctrove was a former member of the Wautikubuli Dance theatre in Dominica; while dancing with the group it was there that she developed the love for her culture.
In 1989 she migrated to Canada and in 2004 she was elected as Fund Raising Director for the Commonwealth of Dominica Ontario Association. Under her appointment, Vanessa helped coordinate several successful events including the 1st annual BBQ event raising $1700. Vanessa continues to focus on her love for dance and that zeal has led her to teach the young adults of Dominican Heritage in Canada “Creative Dance”which comprises of Dominican’s own creole music and cultural “Dance BelIe”.
In her eagerness to increase her knowledge Vanessa went on to earn a Diploma in Event Coordinating and Wedding Planning. The love for her country and culture led her to participate and MC many cultural events and activities. Vanessa is regularly sought after to coach contestants for cultural pageants as well as to act as dance instructor for cultural groups. Vanessa works tirelessly to promote and educate everyone about Dominica and its rich vibrant culture and breath taking beauty.
Biography Athenia Benjamin: Co-Founder, Media Relations Manager
Athenia Benjamin is an employee of the Ministry of the Attorney General, Province of Ontario – Victim Witness Assistance Program providing support and assistance to victims of crime. She is dedicated, focused, committed and often volunteers her time, skills and expertise in the service of others. Her community work is extensive. She held offices at Commonwealth of Dominica Ontario Associations as the Public Relations Officer and Vice President; as the Executive Secretary and Chair of the Youth, Education and Development Committee of the Dominica Academy of Arts and Sciences DAAS); the Canadian Coordinator of the Rosie Douglas Foundation; the lead organizer of the Wesley Reunion; President of the Parents Teachers Association of the North East Comprehensive School and President of the Wesley Tourism Committee.
Currently, Ms. Benjamin is the President of the Wesley Toronto Community group and is the Director of Records and Administration of the Peaceful World Movement.
Athenia will work with any and all Dominican groups who are team builders, inclusive, community motivators promoting our talented people, culture and country
Madame Wob Dwiyet Canada supports culture in Dominica!