The Most Hon. Mrs. Portia Simpson-Miller to deliver Anniversary message at
JCA 48th Anniversary and Jamaica Independence Celebrations in Toronto
Toronto, ON, June 15, 2010: The Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) will celebrate its 48th Anniversary and Jamaica’s Independence at its annual gala on Saturday, August 7, 2010 at the Jamaican Canadian Centre, 995 Arrow Road. The leader of Jamaica’s Opposition and Jamaica’s first female Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller will deliver the keynote address.
“It is a time when we celebrate the strength and tenacious courage of the Jamaican people and the pride in our home land. We also acknowledge the achievements of the Jamaican Canadian Association, 48 years of serving our community and counting.” said Audrey Campbell, President of JCA. Campbell continued to say, “It is in keeping with this view the theme of this year’s anniversary, “I Believe in Jamaica”. As we prepare ourselves to rebuild, reclaim and renew our “Jamaicaness”. We need to believe that through this vision we will achieve.”
The JCA began as a small group commemorating Jamaica’s independence with a space to engage in social activities and build a sense of community in 1962. It has grown into a formidable and influential service organization at the forefront of tackling the challenges and difficulties facing the Jamaican, Caribbean and African Canadian communities. The Organization has owned its own home since1971 and is a significant social service agency with a core of fulltime staff and a successful, committed and thriving membership.
“The road has been rocky but with perseverance, our forefathers and founders were victorious. It is in keeping with their vision that we prod ahead with a renewed vision to rebuild and reclaim the Jamaica we love and the “Jamaicaness” within each of us,” added Campbell.
The Jamaican Canadian Association, founded in August 1962, is a non-profit, charitable organization that works to improve the quality of life of the African/ Caribbean community living in Canada by addressing its rapidly expanding and diverse social needs.