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.
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 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.
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.