He has covered the African-Canadian community, mainly with his camera, for the past three decades. Last week, Eddie Grant was rewarded for his extensive and dedicated service with a Milestone Award at the inaugural Canadian African Caribbean Unsung Heroes (CACUH) event.
Grant migrated to England from Jamaica in 1960 and honed his photography skills while working in a department store’s photography section. He later took photography courses at Clapham & Balham Institute in south London and covered community events for the Jamaica Gleaner Overseas edition before relocating to the Greater Toronto Area in 1974.
Grant picked up where he left off here, photographing functions in the community for Share, the now defunct Islander, Dawn and Contrast newspapers and the Jamaica Gleaner. In 1994, the Gleaner recognized him with a 25-year Service Award.
CACUH committee member Allan Jones said Grant deserves the recognition.
“In 1985, Jones & Jones put on a play – Dukunu – at the JCA centre when it was located on Dupont Street and I will never forget the Share headline that read Dukunu Was a Big Hit,” Jones recalled. “Eddie covered that event and the headline and coverage gave me impetus and energized me personally. He has been a fixture on the reggae scene and he has captured a lot of the cultural history of the community through his lens.”
JCA vice-president Sylvanus Thompson received the Health Award. A graduate of Clarendon College, the West Indies School of Public Health, Ryerson University, the University of Guelph, Berkley and York University’s Schulich School of Business, Thompson has nearly 30 years of environmental health management experience. He played a major role in the implementation of the Toronto Food Inspection and Disclosure System – DineSafe – that posts inspection results for Toronto eateries online and in their front windows. He is a Canadian Health Service Research Foundation Fellow and a member of the Toronto Public Health Professional Practice Student Preceptor program, the Canadian Public Health Association, the Association of Supervisors of Public Health Inspectors of Ontario and the American Society for Quality.
Other award recipients included vocalist Jay Douglas, community worker and poet Kofi Sankofa and Guyana Ex-Soldiers Association of Canada secretary and Alliance of Guyanese Canadian Organizations past president, Ingrid King.