Dorothy Williams

As Strategic Development Director of Collective Community Services located at Montréal, Dr. Williams supports programming and governance functions in order to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness.  Historian and educator, Dr. Williams gives oral presentations, lectures and workshops.  She is often consulted on matters of importance to the Montréal Black community in response to the need for documented history of Montreal’s Blacks.  Dr. Williams authored 2 books related to the history and demographics of residents there.  As an entrepreneur, Dr. Williams runs Blacbiblio.com, Inc. to develop African-Canadian pedagogical materials for classrooms across the country.   

Published works

  • Blacks in Montreal: 1628-1986 An Urban Demography
  • The Road to Now: A History of Blacks in Montreal, a chronological study of Blacks on the island of Montreal.

Awards and recognition

  • In 2016 Dr. Williams was recognized as one of the top 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women in Canada
  • Hommage pour la contribution à la préservation du patrimoine historique des communautés noires de Montréal, Bottin Magazine, Montréal, Québec. (2007)
  • Historian of Renown, Centre R.I.R.E. et Ville de Québec (2003)
  • Quebec Laureate, The Anne Greenup Prize: Le Prix québécois de la citoyenneté 2002, pour la lutte contre le racisme et la promotion de la participation civique (2002)
  • History of the Book in Canada/Histoire du livre et de l’imprimé au Canada Ph.D. Fellowship, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and Faculty of Arts, McGill University (2002-2003)
  • E.J. Josey Scholarship, Black Caucus of the American Library Association (2000-2001)
  • Black History Month Honour, Featured on 1995-1996 Black History Month Calendar, Ville de Montréal, Table de concertation (1995)
  • The Mathieu da Costa Award, Black Coalition of Quebec (1993)

Notable Board involvement

  • Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network, Board member (3 years)
  • Business and Professional Women of Montreal, Board Member (5 years)
  • Black Studies Centre, Board Member (9 years)