A long-lasting marriage is built by two individuals who believe in and live by the solemn promise they made.
George and Amy Henry, who have two children, can attest to that.
Married since 1976, they were the recipients of the Powerhouse Couple Award presented at the inaugural Canada Black Marriage Day celebration in Scarborough last Sunday.
“There will be challenges in any marriage, but we took our vows very seriously,” said Amy Henry. “We are happy to be honoured with this award.”
Ryan Singh and his wife of five years, Cheryl Nelson-Singh, were presented with the 2013 Generation Y Award.
“As a young couple, we are just happy to be at the start of what we expect will be a long journey together,” said the couple who have twins.
The young father filmed the final few months of his wife’s pregnancy and turned it into a short documentary – Mom – that was screened at last year’s Reel World Film Festival in Toronto.
This year’s Generation Y Award winners were drummer Larnell Lewis and his wife Joy Lapps who is an accomplished steel pan player. They were unable to attend the event because of previous commitments.
Created by Washington D.C.-based Wedded Bliss Foundation’s executive director Nisa Muhammad to strengthen Black families, Black Marriage Day is celebrated every fourth Sunday of March. Starting in 2003 with 30 cities, the celebration has grown to over 300 communities across the United States.
Last Sunday’s event was the first time Black Marriage Day was observed in Canada.
“I am excited to be part of a movement celebrating marriages in our community,” said national co-ordinator Dessie Fanfair who tied the nuptial knot 29 years ago. “The response here has been overwhelming and we hope to build on that as we move forward.”
Jan Morgan, a trumpeter with Ossie Gurley and the Truth band, and vocalist Natrisha Wilkinson provided musical entertainment at the celebration.