TV – Tonya Lee Williams joins the 3rd season of CBC’s The Border

tonyaleeTORONTO –  Tonya Lee Williams will play a senior U.S. Department of Homeland Security agent, in the Canadian drama about elite Canadian immigration and customs officers working with U.S. authorities to defend the Canadian-U.S. border against outside threats.
Williams best know for her starring role as Olivia Winters on The #1 daytime Soap The Young and The Restless joins the cast of The Border a Canadian drama airing on CBC Television and 20 other TV networks worldwide. The series is set in Toronto and follows agents of the fictitious Immigration and Customs Security (ICS) agency, created by the Government of Canada to deal with trans-border matters concerning Canadian national security including terrorism and smuggling. 
Williams will be recurring as Constance Meade, Director of Intelligence and Detection for the US Department of Homeland Security.  Meade is a highly-placed American government official who knows where the bodies are buried.  She operates in the murky backstage world of Beltway politics – secret meetings, political trade-offs, influence peddling, the constant maneuvering and jostling for power.  She’s a conduit to the corridors of power, able to get things done in the bureaucratic thickets of Washington, she’s tough, uncompromising, and authoritative, willing to make hard choices and see them through.  The issues in the show are drawn from issues that currently face Canada and the rest of the world such as 9/11, The Darfur Crisis, human rights violations in China and trans-national crimes such as pedophiles and international crime rings. The Border show’s the Canadian perspective in facing national security issues that would affect the country.
Ms. Williams plans to continue her role on The Young and The Restless while working on The Border. She is also Founder and Executive Director of ReelWorld Film Festival a Canadian Non-Profit Film Festival, dedicated to promoting cultural diversity in front and behind the camera, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in April 2010.
Two time Emmy Nominated Tonya Lee Williams is an established internationally actor.   She’s best known for her starring role as “Dr. Olivia Winters” on the popular daytime drama The Young and the Restless which has garnered her with two NAACP Image Awards. She has also been honoured with many other awards including; Howard University’s, The Legacy of Leadership Award; the prestigious Harry Jerome Award in 2004; the 2005 ACTRA Award of Excellence; the 2007 African Canadian Achievement Award; and the city of  Oshawa’s ‘Walk of Fame’ Award’.
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