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My name is Olufunmilayo Olumade (Funmi) the National Coordinator of Oodua Progressive Union, Canada (OPU CANADA)a results-oriented team player with a dynamic combination of skills, experience and knowledge encompassing Customer Service, Human Resources and Office Administration augmented by over 30 years of work experience and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology.
A highly resourceful and results-oriented team player with strong negotiating, mediating and diplomacy skills together with proven ability to function productively within fast-paced environments, manage multiple tasks and meet stringent deadlines. I am an event coordinator, and Master of Ceremony for birthdays, traditional engagements, weddings and I have hosted and emceed different events in Canada, America, London and Nigeria. I am a skilled dance leader, a comedian, Movie Actress and Executive Producer who has performed in various stage and movie productions all over the world.
I have a career span of over 35 years and have for 27 years; I have devoted myself to serving my community in Toronto. Anybody who knows me will definitely attest to my experience within the Yoruba Community and the Nigerian society at large. I have served in my community, to mention but a few, in the following areas:
Vice President, Dainty Ladies Club (Lagos-Nigeria)
Social Secretary, Eko Club of Canada (twice)
Assistant General Secretary, NCA
General Secretary, NCA (twice)
Asst. General Secretary, NCA (Board of Directors)
General Secretary, NCA (Board of Directors)
Public Relations Officer, YCA
Vice President, YCA (twice)
Founding President of the Queens of Nigerian-Canadian Community
DeputyNational Coordinator, Oodua Progressive Union, OPU Canada
Financial Secretary, OPU North America Continent
Executive Coordinator, Community Outreach, Miss Nigeria Canada Pageant.
Financial Secretary, Eko Club International
Represented Women and organized Women Health Symposium
Coordinated Eko Club International First Ever”Mr. Eko Pageant”
Initiated and organized the First, Second and Third Youth Talent Show for our Nigerian Youth during my Tenure as the Vice President of the Yoruba Community Association.
Chairperson – Various Committees as well as member.
Volunteered as a Yoruba Class Teacher
Volunteered as a Moonlight Story-teller during CELAFI: Celebrating African Identity in 1992 in Toronto.
Member of “The Immigration Fairness Committee” formed by the NCA to lobby our Canadian government to ensure that Nigerians are treated more fairly when they apply for any type of Canadian visa.
Chairperson, Oodua Progressive Union, Canada (OPU)'s Constitution Drafting Committee
Secretary, OPU Launching Planning Committee
Volunteered bi-annually at Eko Club Health Care Mission of Hope to Lagos State, Nigeria
The various roles have earned me several awards and accolades which include and not limited to the following:
1998 - “Woman of the year” Award by AfriCanadian Journal
1999, O’dua Award of Excellence
2000, Community Service Award. Miss Nigeria-Canada Pageant
2004, Honorary Chieftancy title of “Iya-Meto of Canada” by the Yoruba Community Association.
2006 - YCA President Awards for my dedication to the community.
2009 - Caribana Festival - the first ever "Afribana Queen" to showcase rich culture.
2009 -Awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for showcasing our culture at Albion Neighbourhood Services for my valuable contribution and commitment to the Organisation.
2010 - Planet Africa Magazine featured my profile for my dedication to the Community.
2011 - “MC-Comedian” Award by Abedorc Productions
2014 - “Role Model” by Black Canadian Awards
2014 – First Ever “Miss Yoruba Canada Day”
2016- 2016 Nigerian Community “People's Choice” Toronto, Canada
2016 – The Womens Courage Award for Community Development
2017 – Executive Producer of “The Authoritarian Movie' by Femi David
2017 – Community Advocate Award at Canada@ 150 Nigeria-Canada Heritage Gala
2018 – Community Award by Afro Heritage Group
2018 - Professional Excellence Award by Ondo Foundation,Canada
2018 – Outstanding Community Leadership Award by Ekinmogun Cultural Association, Toronto
I am currently a Letter Carrier with Canada Post, a Union Activist and 3rd term Ontario Region Representative on the National Women’s Committee of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
For the past 26 years, I coordinated the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Nigerian Canadian Youth Talent Show from 2006 to 2008 organized by the Yoruba Community Association (YCA). I was the Executive Director, Community Liaison for Miss Nigerian-Canada Pageant for three consecutive years, a two term General Secretary for the Nigerian Canadian Association (NCA) in Toronto, two term Vice President of YCA and currently the Secretary to the NCA Board of Directors . I am the First President of the Queens of Nigerian-Canadian Community (The Queens) and past Social Secretary and General Secretary of Eko Club of Canada.
As a devoted community leader whose devotion and service to the community has been recognized by numerous awards, to mention but a few, in 1998, AfriCanadian Journal awarded me the “Woman of the year”. In 1999, I was awarded O’dua Award of Recognition and In 2000, Community Service Award by Miss Nigeria-Canada Pageant. In 2004, As a result of my active involvement in organizing many community events, the honorary title of “Iya-Meto of Canada” was formally bestowed upon me by YCA. In 2006 and 2008, I was awarded YCA President Awards. I was the first ever "Afribana Queen" in 2009 Caribana Parade when Afribana was introduced. She was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for showcasing her culture at