Jamaican born, Nikki Clarke, holds a Diploma in Social Sciences from John Abbott College and at, McGill University, studied Film and Communications. Gifted with acquiring languages, Nikki is fluent in English, French, and Spanish. Nikki was an instructor at Sheridan College, in the Faculty of Early Childhood Education, the School of Business, and Community Development from 1999 to 2009. Nikki was elected the President of the Ontario Black History Society November 9, 2015. Nikki’s third book, Transforming Lives, One Story at a Time: Powerful Stories of Success and Inspiration, an anthology of empowering reflections was published September 22, 2017. Nikki is the founder, producer and host of the Nikki Clarke Show on HD Win Caribbean Rogers 672/673, Bell Fibe 559 /560 and Afroglobal Bell 2472. Nikki is currently studying Ministry in the Theology Program at Canada Christian College and an ordained Lay Pastor. Nikki is the NDP MPP Candidate for Mississauga Malton.
As a community worker, Nikki was the program manager for preschool programs at Brampton Neighborhood Resource Centre and Malton Community Centre ( now Ontario Early Years Centres ) working with newly immigrated families, and creating preschool activities.
In 2006, Nikki started the company, Bead 4 Health, for which she designed hand handcrafted organic jewelry for men and women.
In 2007, Nikki joined the team of the Ethnic Umbrella, Canada’s most diverse community newspaper, as a columnist and public relations manager.
In August 2008,Nikki was the recipient of the African Canadian Womens Achievement Award for her work in the community and excellence in teaching.
Nikki founded internet tv/radio show AND THE BEAT GOES ON in 2008 and the same year started her Publicity/Public Relations Company, Nikki Clarke Inc.Nikki is also publisher and author of her first design book, Bead 4 Health Collective Volume One, which was sold at various Chapters/Indigo/Coles Stores.
The Nikki Clarke Show was launched October 2012 and can be viewed on her new online tv network,www.nikkiclarkenetwork.com which was launched May 2014. The show also ran on Rogers TV Toronto in the spring of 2014.
Nikki joined forces with Canadian Music Week, March 2013 , to create an urban showcase, the first of its kind in many years, The Nikki Clarke Show CMW Urban Showcase at Rasputin Vodka Bar and hosted the second showcase May 7, 2014 at the Clave Social.
In June 2013, Nikki hosted the anniversary party of the Ontario Black History Society at Daniel Spectrum in Toronto.In July 2013, Nikki hosted the International Fuller Woman Expo at Yonge and Dundas Square. Nikki also co hosted the Ontario Black History Brunch, January 2015 at the Metro Convention Centre.
In August 2013, Nikki was profiled by the Canadian Small Business Women association as the business woman of the month. Nikki was nominated in March 2014 for Woman on Fire, Media Award. Nikki was nominated by the Black Canadian Awards for Role Model of the Year in 2014. Nikki was nominated Woman of Honor by the BBPA in April 2015 and voted 100 Black Women In Canada to Watch by CIBWE, June 2015. She was also nominated Best Media Personality June 2015, the Black Canadian Awards. February 2017, Nikki was part of CBC’s HERstory ,150 black female leaders. April 2017, Nikki was awarded Top 10 Inspirational Woman by Soulful Image Awards, and Nikki will be receiving the award for Leadership Excellence by the Nigerian Canadian Newspaper May 2018. Nikki has been nominated for the Waterfront Awards 2018 for Community Activism and Inspirational Woman of the Year 2018 by Soulful Image Awards.
Nikki created the Clarke Media Arts program in 2014 which offers production and broadcasting training for youth, 12 to 17 years old. The program launched in July 2014 at Eastview Boys and Girls Club of Toronto , the first of its kind, in an inner city community centre.
She is also a motivational speaker for a number of community events such as the Toronto Reference Library Citizenship Affirmation Ceremony, OBHS Leaders of Toronto Conference, October 2013, and Passages to Canada. She has also spoken at York Civic Centre hosted by MP Mike Sullivan, Archbishop Romero Secondary School, Eastview Public School, Westview Collegiate High School, Sir Robert Borden Business and Technical High School, the University of Toronto, MoMondays Toronto and Brampton, The International Women’s Achievement Awards, the Aroni Awards, The Celebration of Women’s Peace Conference, The International Day of the Girl Brunch in 2014,Nikki hosted the Role Model Ceremony for the Black Canadian Awards at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, CNE Grounds June 2015.
Nikki was asked to be a judge for Mayor John Tory’s Black History Month writing contest February 2016.Nikki hosted The Ignite 4 Youth Conference at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, The Pickering Town Centre, Queen’s Park, Hamilton Convention Centre, Toronto City Hall, Hamilton City Hall. Joyceville Institution, Kingston, Social Services of Ontario, Queens Park, Queen’s University, Kingston, University of Toronto, and Fort MacMurray, Alberta. Nikki joined forces with 24 black organizations to lobbied at Parliament Hill, February 6, 2017.
Nikki has created a series of self development workshops for 7 to 19 year olds called Project Youth Transformation (PYT).
Nikki has been interviewed by CBC News Tonight, CBC Radio, City TV, CP 24, Afroglobal TV, Toronto Star, Share News, Pride News, Huffington Post, Illuminessence E Magazine, SynerG E magazine, SMJ Magazin, CBC TV, Vision TV, Zoomer Radio, Soulful Images Magazine, Let’s Talk on Yes TV, and United Shades of America, CNN.