Recipients of African Canadian Achievement Awards of Excellence announced

By Admin Wednesday February 05 2014 in News
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The selection committee of the African Canadian Achievement Awards of Excellence (ACAA) has announced its 2014 award recipients.


The ACAA, which was founded and established in 1985, recognizes and honours exemplary, high-achieving African Canadians, who have excelled in a diverse array of vocations and professions, during Black History Month. During its 28-year history, the ACAA has paid tribute to over 350 prominent African Canadians, who provide excellent role models for the community’s youth.


Organized by Pride news magazine, the ACAA has evolved into one of the most anticipated and prestigious events in the African-Canadian community. The awardees for 2014 are:

Excellence in Arts/Entertainment: Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Excellence in Business: Steve Kirton is the President of the Barbados Ball Canada Aid (BBCA) and the former Vice President of Credit Risk Management & Strategic Initiatives at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

Excellence in Community Service: Itah Sadu is an award-winning children’s author, entrepreneur and community volunteer.

Excellence in Education: Dr. Elizabeth Sinclair-Artwell is a superintendent of Education with Peel Region.

Excellence in Law: Justice Kofi Barnes is an Ontario Superior Court judge.

Excellence in Media: Nick Davis is the Manager of program development for CBC Radio.

Excellence in Medicine: Camille Orridge is the Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Central (TC) Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

Excellence in Parenting: John and Avril Mills are successful parents of Emily, Courtney and Adrine.

Excellence in Politics: Sheila White, President of WORDS Media & Communications Inc., is a former advisor to the NDP’s Howard Hampton and Andrea Horwath and Mel Lastman, when he was mayor of the former city of North York.

Excellence in Religion: Bishop Peter Fenty, is the first Bishop of African descent within the Anglican Church of Canada.

Excellence in Science: Patrice Smith PhD is a professor and neuroscientist, specializing in research in molecular mechanisms mediating repair of the damaged central nervous system.

Excellence in Sports: Dr. Ivan Joseph is the Director of Athletics at Ryerson University.

Youth Achievement Award: Yahaya Baruwa, 25, is a psychology student and author.

Founder’s Award: Gordon Cressy is the President of the George Brown College Foundation and former CEO of the United Way.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. B. George Blake, a retired clinical psychologist, is also a storyteller and former Buddhist monk.


The 2014 ACAA recipients will be presented with their awards at a gala on Saturday, February 22 at the Jane Mallett Theatre, inside the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front Street East.

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