Coming to Canada from Ghana with her parents in 1988 when she was just five years old, Rahel Appiagyei has made her mark in the community despite having to care for four children ranging in age from eight years to 12 months.
Appiagyei graduated from York University and the Rotman School of Business and is currently a Sheridan College professor.
The educator and youth leader was one four members of the Greater Toronto Area’s visible minority community presented with Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medals recently.
“It’s quite an honour to know that people feel that the work I do in the community is important,” said Appiagyei, the eldest of six children. “It means a lot to me.”
Former Black Business and Professional Association president, Audrey Walters, nominated Appiagyei for the medal.
“She’s ambitious and a major achiever,” said Walters who was the York West Conservative Party candidate in the 2011 federal elections. “Even before I started to recruit a campaign team, she was there with me. She’s absolutely amazing and she knows exactly where she is going in life.”
Federal Member of Parliament, Jason Kenney, presented medals to Appiagyei and York Regional Police Service Inspector and Association of Black Law Enforcers (ABLE) president, Keith Merith, at last Sunday’s Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) Black History Month launch.
“I consider myself very fortunate to be among a select group of Canadians bestowed with this honour,” said Merith, who joined the Service 27 years ago.
Council of Caribbean Associations Canada past president, Frances Del Sol, was presented with her medal last week at Queen’s Park. The Commonwealth of Dominica Ontario Association president is one of four Dominican nationals in the Greater Toronto Area to be awarded the medals to mark the ascension to the throne six decade ago of the second longest-serving monarch in British history.
The other honourees are author and recently appointed Superior Court of Justice judge, Dr. Irving Andre, who is just one of two judges in the province with a doctorate; Canadian Armed Forces Sgt. Avril Jno-Baptiste-Jones and Progress Church senior pastor, Lovelace St. John.
Ryerson University Chancellor Emeritus, Raymond Chang, was awarded his medal at a special ceremony in Mississauga. He’s a highly successful and respected entrepreneur who has donated time, money and knowledge to philanthropic pursuits.