Nominated for the award: Community Activism
Company: Universal Staffing Inc / Black Woman Honors and Empowerment
Position: Branch Manager / District Manager
Biography: Kimberlee Shelley-Ajibolade is a wife, author, minister, speaker, community activist and HR professional. She was The Black Canadian Queen Brampton Ambassador (2017) and is currently the District Manager of the Black Women Honors and Empowerment – Brampton Chapter. She is the recipient of several awards including: United Way of GTA Community Leadership Award (2019) BRAMPTON TOP 40 UNDER 40 (2018) Woman On Fire Community Activist Award Winner (2018) Kimberlee is also a 2019 RBC : Women Of Influence Nominee and was recognized as a Woman Of Inspiration by Soulful Image Magazine 2018. Under her leadership the Black women Honors and Empowerment – Brampton Chapter has received The Mayor’s Making Of Black History Award and certificates for community impact from the Federal & Provincial Government . Kimberlee’s educational background is in paralegal education and human resources and she has done pro-bono paralegal work for several years and she currently works in the HR field, Managing the Brampton Division of Universal Staffing. Kimberlee is a career mentor through Sheridan’s TRIEC program and has been a committed member and volunteer for her local church – New Life Kingdom Ministries for the last 15 years and she currently serves as a minister and a member of the board of directors. She also serves on Mayor’s Black African & Caribbean Advisory Council (Brampton) and Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre Board Network Prior to that Ajibolade worked on Mayor Patrick Brown’s campaign in 2018. Kimberlee is the co-author of DESIGNER’S ORIGINAL – A woman’s guide to understanding her identity and self-worth in God”. Kimberlee is passionate about giving back and empowering women and she understands firsthand the importance of community involvement from volunteering at church to serving seniors or discussing with city leaders issues facing the visible minorities, how to mitigate them and volunteering to partner with them on initiatives. Mrs Ajibolade started the “Celebrate Her” initiative in 2018. This is an annual COMMUNITY DROP-OFF for single mothers (some of which are the victims of violence and abuse) currently living at a local shelter and proceeds from the drive are put together into gift baskets and presented to all the mother’s at a shelter for mother’s day. Her leadership, work etiquette and activism has landed her in several publications both in Canada and Jamaica namely Share Newspaper, Toronto Caribbean newspaper, Snapd Newspaper, The Brampton Guardian, The Gleaner and Canadian Immigrant Magazine.