Founder, Director – Lee Anna Osei
Lee Anna Osei is a Ghanaian-Canadian university varsity athletic basketball coach and educator at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX). Lee Anna was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and credits basketball as the vehicle that inspired her towards educational pursuits as a first generation Canadian citizen. After a notable HS career at Eastern Commerce C.I, Lee Anna went on to play at the University of Miami, Trinity Valley C.C, and finally at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she was finished her career a a 3-time Academic All Canadian, an OUA All Star, and was the recipient of the prestigious OWL Award in 2015. She graduated with an Honours BA in 2015 and went on to complete her Masters of Arts in History at Laurier.
Lee Anna is a 2-time Team Ontario U17 Provincial Coach, and has spent countless hours volunteering as a community basketball coach, particularly as a player development coach for men’s and women’s basketball teams and players at the grassroots, high performance, and professional levels. In 2012 she founded Canletes Basketball, an organization devoted to supporting the Ontario basketball sport community, and specifically females through running showcase events, tournaments, and offering mentorship and recruitment consulting services.
In 2017 Lee Anna coached at TRC Academy (OSBA), a high performance program located in Brantford Ontario, where she led her team to the Championship title game. In 2018-2019, Coach Lee was hired as the first female Head Coach in StFX university’s athletic history. Lee Anna is the first Ghanaian – Canadian Head Coach at the Canadian University level, and the only Black female Head Coach in the history of the Maritimes. In addition, Lee Anna is a member of StFX’s Professional Teaching Staff, instructing in the skills component of the Human Kinetics Department.
Assistant Director, BFCC President- Corey Grant
Corey Grant is a former Canadian Football League football player and current varsity football coach at McMaster University. Corey Grant re-joined McMaster’s coaching staff on January 31, 2019 assuming the role of Offensive Coordinator after a 6 year tenure with the Hamilton-Tigercats.
As Offensive Coordinator Corey was able to help guide the 2019 McMaster Marauders football team to the 2019 Yates Cup championship. The Offense finished 2nd in the OUA and 3rd in USports in total passing yards. Corey helped guide the starting QB to 2nd in USports in passing yards per game and 3rd in USports in touchdown passes.
His move to McMaster in 2019 marked the end of a six-year coaching tenure for Grant with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, where he was elevated to Assistant Offensive Coordinator and Running Backs Coach on March 1, 2018. He originally joined the organization as Running Backs and Offensive Quality Control Coach on March 21, 2013, and served solely as Running Backs Coach from 2015-17.
Under Grant’s guidance, running back C.J. Gable was named an East Division All-Star twice (2013, 2016) and was named the East Division’s Most Outstanding Rookie in 2013. In 2015, the Tiger-Cats were tied for fourth in the CFL in average yards per carry (4.9) and rushing touchdowns (10) despite the team starting five different running backs throughout the season due to injury.
Prior to joining the Tiger-Cats, Grant served as McMaster University’s Wide Receivers Coach for one season (2010). His coaching career began in 2005 in the Ontario Varsity Football League while he was still playing in the CFL. He served as Offensive Coordinator of the Niagara Spears for six seasons (2005-10), and Head Coach of the Halton Cowboys for two seasons (2012-13). Grant was also the Wide Receivers Coach for the Golden Horseshoe All-Star Football Showcase in 2010.
Grant, who was selected seventh overall by Hamilton in the 1999 CFL Draft, enjoyed an 11-year CFL career with the Ticats (1999-2001, 2009), Montreal Alouettes (2002), and Saskatchewan Roughriders (2002-08). He would earn two Grey Cup rings in his playing career, his first with the Tiger-Cats in 1999 followed by another with the Kent Austin-led Roughriders in 2007. Grant was also the CFL’s East Division’s Most Outstanding Rookie in 1999.
Corey continues to be active in his community as the Co-Chair for the Hamilton Black History Council (HBHC) who organize events such as the John C. Holland Awards. The awards were established in 1996, these awards celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the community, with a particular focus on the contributions of African Canadians to the social, economic, and cultural life of our entire city. Each year the Hamilton Black History Council joins with the wider community to celebrate the achievements of youth and acknowledge the contributions of community members. These awards have become one of the premier events in the Hamilton community and a valued symbol of achievement. The purpose of the HBHC is to promote, celebrate and honour the history of People of African Descent through targeted programming, education and strategic partnerships aimed at building our capacity to strengthen our collective impact. Corey was a previous award winner in the Sports category. He also supports other associations which advocate for positive change in the community. Corey continues to reside in the Hamilton area with his wife Jennifer and their two lovely children; daughter Qiawna and son Devonn.
Black Female Coach Mentorship Manager – Marian Agyei-Gyamera
Marian graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts in 2014 and was former member of the University’s track and field team for two years. Being an athlete sparked her love for sports and storytelling and she later went on to complete her Masters of Arts-Kinesiology (Sport Management) at Western University.
She has worked with sport organization such as Canada Basketball, the University of Toronto Varsity Blues and the Sport & Social Club where she has helped fufill digital marketing and new media initiatives through creativity and innovation.
Marian founded MAGS Consults in 2017, a digital platform and community, focused on helping small businesses identify and promote their brands. She also hosts a podcast called MAGS Moments, providing a space for entrepreneurs to share their experience with listeners. www.magsconsults.com
Manager, Media and Marketing – Dashawn Stephens
A graduate of the University of Waterloo, Dashawn Stephens is the current Head of Media and Marketing for the Black Canadian Coaches Association. The Toronto-native spent 5 years at the University of Waterloo where he majored in Speech Communication and Business. He is also a former university athlete as he played 4 years of football for Waterloo and 1 year of rugby. Stephens now aims to turn his academic aspirations towards attending teachers college, in hopes of becoming an educator. Throughout his years at Waterloo, Stephens worked closely with the Toronto Inner-City Rugby Foundation, a non-profit organization that is aimed at growing the sport of rugby in Toronto by teaching the game to youth directly in schools.
In January of 2019, Stephens founded PRSVRE. PRSVRE is a sports-media platform that aims to showcase Canadian university sports. With PRSVRE, he takes on the task of leading the creation, implementation and execution of all social media strategies, as well as developing and publishing feature articles. Stephens is also a catalyst for change and hopes to one day use the PRSVRE platform as a tool for sparking social and athletic growth in low-income communities across Ontario. Stephens brings 4 years of media and brand development experience to the BCCA as well as an energetic passion for empowerment through sport.