As a young child, Kenroy Wilson relished the opportunity to meet Santa Claus at Christmastime.
Last Saturday, the roles were reversed as the married father of two played Santa at the Canadian Caribbean Cultural Association of Durham’s (CCCAD) Christmas program at J. Clarke Richardson High School in Ajax.
“Christmas has always been a special time of the year for me,” said the auto mechanic who owns Ken Co’s Car Care in Pickering. “Back in Jamaica, I looked forward to trucks coming around in the village and distributing candies and when I came to Canada, my mom took me to see the jolly old fellow. I know how most kids feel when they get the opportunity to get that big hug from Santa and receive a gift.”
Formed last April, the Durham-based CCCAD aims to unify the Black community in Durham through social, cultural, educational, economic, environmental, health and wellness initiatives.
As part of its first Christmas program, the organization solicited toys that were handed out at the event. Members placed boxes at several strategic locations in the community.
“There were three boxes at my business and they were filled with goodies in no time,” said Wilson. “The response was overwhelming here and at many of the other locations.”
Federal Member of Parliament, Chris Alexander; Ajax councillor, Renrick Ashby and Word of Truth founding pastor, Bishop Joseph Fisher, attended the event that included solo and steelpan renditions and a nativity play.
Alexander, the MP for Ajax-Pickering, used the opportunity to present Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals to CCCAD founder, Kandy Samsundar and president, Geraldine Wade-Brown.