Bio of Leo Campbell
Leo Campbell (Vice-President JDCF)
Leo Campbell has been involved with community organizations for many years as a leader, youth advocate and mentor. He has served as the JD-CF’s Director/President of Future Leaders, he has also served as Director-at-Large with the Black Business and Professional Association; worked with Grenadian Prime Minister and the Minister of Tourism, Government of Grenada and in various capacities with the Jamaican Canadian Association, including Executive Vice-President and also Director of Communications.
Leo served as the Director of Future Leaders for six years; was the Future Leaders representative on the Diaspora Advisory Board and was the Coordinating Chair of the Jamaica Diaspora Future Leaders Conference in 2008 at Shortwood Teachers College and in 2009 at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. He was also Co-chair of the Future Leaders Summits held at Revivaltime Tabernacle and the Jamaican Canadian Association in Toronto in 2006 and 2008. He has also been a presenter at several conferences. He was the first Future Leaders member appointed with full voting member status on the Advisory Board.
A young man who believes that youth are being short-changed in this society, Leo was instrumental in the formation of “Young, Black & Gifted”, an annual event which showcases and inspires Black Youth enterprise, discovers new artistic talent and celebrates Toronto’s finest rising stars in our communities.
Leo is the recipient of the President’s Award from the JCA and the President’s Leadership Award from the United Negro Fund.
For the JD-CF, he would like to create a synergy in sharing information, planning, shaping of a long-term, short-term visioning for the next five to 10 years; building of relationships, partnerships and growth, in such areas as membership recruitment, engaging with Jamaicans in Canada, Jamaican Government, cross regional partners such as working with counterparts in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Looking towards the future, Leo would like to develop a Think-Tank group as a mechanism to educate Jamaicans in Canada on the issues affecting Jamaica with a clear objective to effectively providing solutions to the issues; and support the creation of an online database of skilled Jamaicans living in Canada to be used as a resource for the development of JD-CF and assistance of Jamaica.