Present yourself with respect and dignity – Tonya Williams

Canada is celebrating the first-ever annual Gender Equality Week from September 23 – 29, 2018. At Namaste Newsline, we take pride in supporting women’s causes and empowering women. As part of our initiatives, we had an opportunity to speak with one of Toronto’s very successful woman entrepreneur, who has been making a huge impact in the society for over a decade.

Tonya Williams, Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of ‘ReelWorld Film Festival’, says that Gender Equality is something she grew up with, everyday of her life. She calls out to all women to take this week to reflect on what they have accomplished and not to think that they are disempowered. Especially, with regards to sexual harassment issues that came forth last year, Tonya says that how women present themselves confidently and professionally will contribute hugely towards their success.

A WIFT-T Crystal Award recipient, Tonya Williams has established herself as a force to be reckoned with. Always fearless, in 1979 she was one of the first black actresses to break into mainstream Canadian television. She is best known for her twenty year starring role as “Dr. Olivia Barber Winters” on the popular daytime drama The Young and The Restless which airs in over 60 countries and has garnered her two Emmy Nominations and numerous national and international awards, including two NAACP Image Awards and an ACTRA award of excellence.

With over forty years in the entertainment industry, she has worked in front and behind the cameras. Through her production company, Wilbo Entertainment, she has been both producer and director, and for five years Tonya sat on the Toronto Film Board where she worked tirelessly at creating more opportunities for emerging talent. Tonya Williams is a passionate, tenacious advocate for filmmakers of colour around the world. Continue reading “Present yourself with respect and dignity – Tonya Williams”