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The Iyameto of Canada, Mrs Olufunmilayo Olumade (Funmi) has celebrated this year's birthday in a grand style as friends and family encomium love to her in a big form. 

The brief biography



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ABOUT IYAMETO OF CANADA

Mrs Olufunmilayo Olumade (Funmi) is 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. She is a skilled dance leader, a comedian, Movie Actress and Executive Producer who has performed in various stage and movie productions all over the world. 

Roles & positions held
  

She has a career span of over 35 years and have for 27 years; She has devoted herself to serving her community in Toronto. Anybody who knows her will definitely attest to her experience within the Yoruba Community and the Nigerian society at large.  She has 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 

Awards
  

The various roles have earned her 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

ACTIVISM

She is 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, She coordinated the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Nigerian Canadian Youth Talent Show from 2006 to 2008 organized by the Yoruba Community Association (YCA). She 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 . She was 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, She was awarded O’dua Award of Recognition and In 2000, Community Service Award by Miss Nigeria-Canada Pageant.   In 2004, As a result of her active involvement in organizing many community events, the honorary title of “Iya-Meto of Canada” was formally bestowed upon her by YCA. In 2006 and 2008, she 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

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