Q & A – GLB & Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment


With the imminent release of EMPOWERED, a New England Pale Ale brewed with love and support for the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment, we have put together this handy dandy Q & A for you to learn more about our wonder south Etobicoke neighbours.

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What is the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment and what do they do there?
Founded in June 2014 in the Mimico region of Etobicoke ON, the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment (J.A.C.) takes a holistic approach to empowerment by providing programs that support the mental, physical & social wellbeing of girls & young women. The Centre is committed to building the self-esteem & self-worth of young women & girls by positively influencing their outlook on life, broadening their horizons, & helping them to empower themselves through programs, camps, workshops and events.

Where is J.A.C. location in Etobicoke?
J.A.C. is located at 101 Portland Street, Etobicoke ON M8Y 1B1. This is just off Royal York Road, just south of the Queensway.

What type of programs do J.A.C. offer?
You can find out all about the wonderful programs, camps, online courses and more here.

Who is Jean Augustine?
Hon. Jean Augustine PC, CM, CBE is the first African-Canadian woman to be elected to the House of Commons. She was elected in the riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore in 1993 & sat in Parliament until 2006. During this time, she served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Minister of State & Deputy Speaker.

In 2007, Dr. Jean Augustine was nominated by the Government of Ontario as Fairness Commissioner, a position created to advocate for Canadians with foreign credentials. Dr. Augustine retired from the position of Fairness Commissioner in March 2015.

Among Dr. Augustine’s many achievements & honours includes leading the motion that allowed for the placement of the Famous Five statue on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, & the motion that created Black History Month in Canada.

Dr. Augustine has received honorary Doctor of Laws degree from seven universities & has been recognized by having the Jean Augustine Girls’ Leadership Academy, Jean Augustine Secondary School, Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment, Jean Augustine Park, & the Jean Augustine Chair in Education at York University named in her honour.

How can you help – is there a way to donate to J.A.C.?
You can make a one time donation and/or a monthly donation right on their website – here. Due to J.A.C. being a charitable group, you’ll receive a tax receipt.

Do they also have a GoFundMe page set up?
J.A.C. are in the process of trying to raise $100,000, and yes, they have a GoFundMe page – here. “Giving is not just about making a donation.  It’s about making a difference.”

What are the tasting notes for EMPOWERED?
It pours hazy golden yellow in colour with a tight white crown. Aromas of tropical fruits (slight pineapple and mango) alongside some grapefruit, peach, and pear, with a touch of floral notes. Light to medium bodied with a delicate bitterness, Empowered NE Pale Ale offers subtle notes of fresh peach, mango, grape and a hint of watermelon. A complex beer at a lower abv and all for a great cause.

How much will EMPOWERED cost and what portion of the sale will be directed to J.A.C.
Individual cans will retail here at the brewery for $3. 8 packs and 24 packs will retail for $24 and $60 respectively. $1 from each can sold will go straight to J.A.C., so if you purchase a 24’er, $24 will be donated from the $60.

Where will cans be available?
Cans will be going live on the GLB online shop on Wednesday evening at 6:30pm for Thursday home delivery / brewery curbside pick-up. There will also be lots of cans to purchase directly from our retail store beginning Thursday at 11am.


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