BBPA names 2009 Harry Jerome winners

The Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) has announced the 2009 winners for the 27th Annual BBPA Harry Jerome Awards.

“The selection process is becoming more of a challenge, as the African-Canadian community works hard throughout the year to achieve success, set the example and become the image of excellence,” BBPA’s Harry Jerome Awards Chair, Karlyn Percil, said at a reception to announce the winners. “There is no greater feeling than being part of the initiative that is to recognize and honour the quality and calibre of the winners that were selected.”

The 13 winners for this year are:

Academics – Regine Debrosse

Athletics – Pernell-Karl Subban

Arts, Media & Entertainment – Trey Anthony

Business – Wayne Isaacs

Community Service – Christopher Harris

Health Sciences – Dr. Sheila McKenzie

Leadership – Cameron Semple

Lifetime Achievement – Oliver Jones

President’s Award – Michael “Pinball” Clemons

Professional Excellence – Judge Corinne Sparks

Technology & Innovation – Leesa Barnes

Trailblazer – Rosemary Sadlier

Young Entrepreneur – Mekielia Nembhard

The BBPA Harry Jerome Awards is recognized as the premier national award gala in the African Canadian community and a coveted symbol of achievement.

Established in the memory of Harry Jerome, an outstanding African Canadian Olympic athlete, scholar and social advocate, the BBPA Harry Jerome Awards is an annual celebration of African Canadian achievement that pays tribute to outstanding role models.

Founded in 1983, the BBPA is a charitable organization, whose mission is “to advance Canada’s Black community by facilitating the delivery of programs that support business and professional excellence, higher education and economic development”.

The 27th Annual BBPA Harry Jerome Awards will be held on Saturday April 25, 2009 at the Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Road, Toronto.

Tickets are $150.each. To order, call (416) 504-4097 or purchase online at

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