The Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) will celebrate Black History Month with a tribute to Nelson Mandela at its 14th annual Boonoonoonos Brunch this weekend.
In honour of the late activist, hero and statesman, the theme is “Nelson Mandela: Gone but not Forgotten”. During the event, a representative of the South African government will be presented with a book of condolences from the JCA and the wider community.
Also being recognized at the brunch are six individuals for their contributions to Jamaica and the Jamaican Diaspora in Canada.
Those to be honoured are Lloyd Seivright and Philip Mascoll, who were awarded the Order of Distinction (O.D.) in Jamaica’s 2013 National Honours; Sam Billich JP, who was awarded a Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service in the same list; Justice Donald McLeod, who was recently appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice; new Deputy Chief of the Toronto Police Service Mark Saunders; and new Deputy Chief of the York Region Police, Andre Crawford.
Audrey Campbell, President of the Jamaican Canadian Association, said the death of Nelson Mandela just over a month ago was a huge loss to the Jamaican community, along with all people of African descent.
“We are duty bound to salute Nelson Mandela and we are proud to do so,” she said.
Campbell also stated that the contributions and community service of people associated with Jamaica who reside in Canada were to be lauded.
“Each one of these honorees has contributed greatly to the Jamaican and Black communities,” she said. “We are proud, as their peers, to recognize them, as no praise is as worthy as that of the people you serve.”
The Boonoonoonos Brunch will be held on Sunday, February 9, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the JCA, 995 Arrow Road. Tickets to the event are $50, which includes a buffet meal and entertainment, prizes, surprises and more.
For more information, call 416-746-5772 or visit www.jcaontario.org.