BOTS is a non-for-profit, community led organization representing and supporting the Black and African
Community across the Waterloo Bring on the Sunshine is a grassroots community organisation based in
Waterloo Region. Created from a desire to celebrate Africa, culture, community and family we run 4 annual
programs. Our theme in 2021 is Black History is African History is World History.
The first is a one day, free festival in February, during Black History Month. A team of developing leaders of
(youth between the ages of 18 – 28yrs) learn to run the festival with community mentorship as part of the
Youth Leadership Program. Africa Camp, launched as an opportunity for young people of the African diaspora
to learn about their roots is a one week summer camp. It has also grown into a youth leadership development
program including Black and marginalized youth from many backgrounds. We also provide educational
programming within local schools across the region and pop up events in the townships.
Developing young leaders and creating communities of belonging in an ecosystem of mutual respect.
Ubuntu* (I am because we are) | Collaboration | Culture | Storytelling | Listening | Excellence |