Flashback to BHM Events, 2017 Black History Month Awards Banquet, Favourited.

March 4, 2017

By Shondell Orinthia Babb

February 25, 2017

The Black History Month Celebrations Committee Inc. (BHMCCI), held their Annual Community Awards Banquet at the Norwood Hotel, featuring special guest, Mayor Brian Bowman. Now in it’s 36th year, the awards banquet culminates the month’s celebrations by honouring local individuals from the black community, who have had a positive impact on other people.

“I am really happy to be with the The Black History Month Committee, to celebrate your  35th anniversary,” said Mayor Brian Bowman, 45. Mayor Bowman addressed the audience with an inspiring speech about how important diversity and eliminating racism is to him and in his civic duties.


BHM Awardees and presenters (from left to right) Front: Diane Dwarka (for Robin Dwarka), Lucinda E. Gordon, Pastor Milton Chambers, President Mavis McLaren, Dr. Cecil Grant, Mayor Brian Bowman. Center: Police Chief Danny Smyth, Andy Castello, Pastor Cynthia Frazer, Marjorie White, Dr. Leisha Strachan, Alyssa Daley, Pastor Brian Archer. Back: Roland Headley, Jacqueline Sumter, Chair Nadia Thompson, Lori Todd, Joni Phuti, Pastor Calvert Layne, Victor Vaughan.

The Black History Month Celebrations Committee Inc. awardees of the night spanned various categories, as listed below:

  • Marjorie White – Education
  • Lucinda E. Gordon – Lifetime Achievement
  • Andy Castello – Music
  • Dr. Leisha Strachan – Profession/Education
  • Alyssa Daley – Youth
  • Dr. Cecil Grant – Lifetime Achievement – Education
  • Pastor Cynthia Frazer – Religion
  • Robin Dwarka – Community

Police Chief Danny Smyth also attended the awards with his wife, Cynthia.


Keynote speaker Marjorie White inspired the crowd with a speech about education.

Keynote speaker and Educator, Marjorie White, 45 (above), uplifted the crowd about how education can improve the lives of youth and the black community in general. She encouraged the audience to get rid of negative stereotypes and to encourage each other. Ms. White also received an award for education.

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Emcee Victor Vaughan kept the crowd entertained with his comical flare. There was also lively entertainment by Rychelle Thompson-Folkes and a Caribbean cultural dance performance by New Anointing Christian Fellowship Dance Ministry.

Black History Month Winnipeg


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