1. Youth Basketball League: May -June 2024
  2. Dr. Kirk Stewart and Schmerya Samuels speak at our 2023 AGM
  3. Photo booth fun at our 2023 AGM
  4. 2nd Annual Rose Walk
  5. Register for March Break Camp!

Board of Directors

Monique Webley


About me: I played for ETBA during my elementary and high school basketball career. I was able to receive an athletic scholarship and completed my undergraduate education at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. Since then I’ve been able to attain my Masters degree in Social Work at York University in Toronto. I’ve worked as a Family Service Worker for the Catholic Children’s Aid Society. Currently, I work for the Toronto Catholic District School Board as an Education Assistant and I am in my second year of Teachers College at York University in Toronto. I love working with children, youth and families in various capacities. I have a passion for community work and have been on the ETBA Board for over 10 years.

MSW, BSW, BEd (currently) 

Tashawna Higgins

Vice President

Tashawna is an ETBA alumni who became a part of the same organization that once helped her as a Youth. Tashawna brings 10 + years of expertise and experiences as a fitness professional to the ETBA community. She is a Personal Trainer and Nutritional Coach, and will consult on physical fitness/training, and positive nutritional habit changes. Tashawna is an OUA basketball official in Toronto and plans to guide Youth on ways to become a basketball official in Ontario. Tashawna took her basketball journey to the highest level possible as she played professionally in Iceland, France and Spain. Also, her determination and hard work allowed her to play for the Jamaican National Team in 2018 at the CBC games held in in Barranquilla, Colombia. Tashawna is looking forward to paying it forward and guiding tomorrows youth to success.

Norfolk State University ’09 B.A. in Sociology

Cleveland Clunis


Cleveland Clunis, a dedicated leader with a passion for basketball and youth development, founded and led the ETBA organization for 25 years. Under his guidance, ETBA became a beacon of excellence, blending sportsmanship with valuable life lessons. Clunis’s visionary approach not only honed athletic skills but also instilled leadership qualities and fostered a sense of community among the youth. His enduring commitment to nurturing both talent and character has left an indelible mark on generations of young athletes, shaping a legacy of empowerment and success.

Renée Wallace


Renée has over 8 years experience working with children, youth, and families within vulnerable communities across Toronto. Renée graduated with her Bachelor of Social Work from Lakehead University, B.A in Human Services, and she is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work. She uses her education, skills and lived experience while working with diverse populations. She is passionate about supporting others going through challenges. When Renée sees there is a need, she is there to help problem solve and create innovative ideas that benefit the community. In the pas she has implemented a summer breakfast program for children experiencing food security issues. With this breakfast program, children were able to learn how to make their own meals that promote health and wellness.

Renée enjoys the outdoors, bike riding, travelling, and cooking. She is continuously seeking to gain more knowledge and skills and broaden her education.

Bachelor of Social Work, Lakehead University, B.A in Human Services

Najah Dowdie


Najah Dowdie has worked in creative services for just over 17 years. She has held the role of in-house designer/art director for companies like SiriusXM and Bell Mobility. Prior to her career in creative services, Najah attended, volunteered and worked for BGC East Scarborough in child & youth after school programs, leaders in training and dance. Najah has a history of community involvement and is dedicated to continued support of such initiatives.

Graphic Design Diploma, George Brown College
Digital Media Certificate, OCAD