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Golden Anniversary Celebrations

The Jamaican Canadian Association’s Annual Boonoonoonos Brunch kicks off their Golden Anniversary Celebrations

Toronto, Canada, February 13, 2012…. The Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) kicked off the celebration of the organization’s 50th anniversary year with a triple celebration at their annual Boonoonoonos Brunch.

The spectacular Golden anniversary event – held Sunday, February 12, 2012 – not only launched the celebration of the JCA’s 50th Anniversary, but also Jamaica’s 50th year of Independence from Britain and Black History Month celebrations.

The JCA is one of the largest and best organized community groups in Canada serving the African Canadian and Caribbean communities for half century and counting.
According to the more than 200 guests who attended, the event was spectacular and left them wanting more.

The keynote speaker at the brunch was the Honourable Arnaldo Brown, Jamaica’s Minister of State with responsibility for the Diaspora and Trade in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

The Minister is one of the young vibrant and dynamic politicians who were elected to Parliament in Jamaica’s December 29 (2011) General Election.

In his address, the Minister spoke of the incredible impact Jamaican migrants have made on Canada and the rest of the World. “We are leaders of the world, an island that delivers in excellence things that are positive.” He encouraged those present to become investors in Jamaica and to reap the rewards of those investments in a progressive, dynamic country. “Jamaica is open to business,” he said.

Jamaica’s High Commissioner in Canada, Her Excellency Sheila Sealy Monteith spoke of the planned celebrations in Canada for Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of Independence and the 50th anniversary of Canada’s Bi-lateral Relations with an independent Jamaica. Canada was one of the first nations with whom such diplomatic ties were made following Independence on August 6, 1962.

The High Commissioner also spoke of the significant contributions made by Jamaican’s living in Canada to their native country. She specifically mentioned education and the Jamaican-Canadian community’s response to relief efforts during natural disasters.

Former president of the JCA Valarie Steele highlighted three 50th Golden Celebrations which are: Diplomatic relations between Canada and Jamaica on August 2, 1962, Jamaica’s Independence August 6,1962 and the JCA establishment since September 1962.

The event also celebrated the appointment of Jamaican Canadian Justice Aston Hall to the bench in Ontario. He will sit in the Scarborough Provincial Court.

JCA President Audrey Campbell later said “the event was an absolute success and a grand kick-off for our Golden Anniversary year. “The Minister impressed us with his forthrightness and made no bones about the fact that the Jamaican Diaspora is absolutely part of the nation, regardless of the miles that separate Canada and Jamaica.” She also stated that “Aston Hall’s appointment to the Ontario Court of Justice is a
sense of pride for all Jamaicans” Given his humble beginnings his achievements are a shining example of overcoming obstacles with excellence.”

The audience was entertained by Arsenals Ska Band with Dizzy and Comfort, Elite Dancers, Nadine Williams, Miss Jambana 2011, Miss Yorkgate Idol 2011, and Ti-Shauna. MCs Marcia Brown of Marcia Brown Productions and Danae Peart of CHRY were a crowd favourite.

The Jamaican Canadian Association is a Social Service and Membership Organization serving the African Canadian and Caribbean communities in Canada since 1962.