Dominican living abroad in Canada makes Government of Canada Black History Month list celebrating Black Canadian Women
Frances DelSol is the Government of Dominica Representative for Canada and the Trade & Investment Commissioner for Dominica.
She is a member of the Commonwealth of Dominica Ontario Association (CDOA), a non-profit that seeks to support the goals and objectives of Ontarians that come from the Commonwealth of Dominica, a small island in the Caribbean. DelSol was previously the Associate Director for Bell Canada for 35 years (until 2016), and currently is the Communications Co-Chair for the Black Business and Professional Association.
As an organization existing since 1970 with diverse members, the, CDOA seeks to sponsor: literary; musical; and other educational and cultural events; festivals; pageants; and conventions for the preservation and perpetuation of the Dominica residents of Ontario.
The organization also provides aid for its members, most recently by collecting aid and money through donations and fundraising events for Hurricane Maria relief. Hurricane Maria was the worst natural disaster on record in Dominica’s history. DelSol’s contributed through media and press events, and spoke publicly many times to highlight Dominica’s needs, working tirelessly to help.
DelSol was voted one of Canada’s top 100 Black Women to Watch in 2016 (CIBWE). In December 2017 she was awarded the Honoris Causa with a medal in Community Service by the Premier of Ontario, Hon. Kathleen Wynne.
DelSol was granted the award for her distinguished services to: arts; to letters; to science; to industry; to public services; to media; to community and to the Canadian society by promoting: equality; respect to human values; the human rights; co-operation and understanding among the members of the various cultural groups of the Canadian society.
This award was her latest in addition to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Afro-Global TV’s Volunteer of the Year, Black Business and Professional Woman of Honour, and many others.