HAMILTON,Ont.- Israel Crooks, the founder of an art project, who has mentored at-risk youth by helping them “articulate their experience through painting,” was among more than a dozen “accomplished individuals,” who were recipients of this year’s John C.Howard Awards.
The annual Awards recognize African-Canadian achievement and contribution among youth and adults in the city of Hamilton.
On Saturday, 15 were presented with the awards at a gala ceremony at LIUNA Station.
They adult awardees were:
Israel Crooks (Jackie Washington Arts Award)
Crooks founded the impArt Project for at-risk youth in 2013.
Mark John Stewart ( Business Award)
Stewart is chairman of the advisory council of Empowerment Squared, an international organization focussed on youth development
Albert Graham ( Community Service Award)
Graham worked with the Out of the Cold Program and other community organizations.
Ken Stone (Vince Morgan AllyAward)
Stone is a political activist with the Community Coalition Against Racism.
Sandi Bell (Award of Merit)
Bell is the founder and president of EMPOWWORD Inc., a mediation, training and development firm.
Among the youth awardees were several university and high school students.
The following is the full list of youth awardees:
Tyler Williams– (Ethilda “Tilly” Johnson Bursary) Gabriela Roberts-(Evelyn Myrie Political Action Bursary)
Aba Ansa Sam– (The Girls Rock Scholarship)
Sonia Igboanugo – (Lincoln Alexander Scholarship) Salsabil Sarhan – (Marlene Thomas Scholarship)
Rebecca Matsakawo (Nelson Mandela Scholarship)
Tatyanna Burk (Raymond G. Lewis Scholarship)
Faisal Mohamed (Rev. George Horton Scholarship)
Cree Bell and Cordell James (Community Matters Award)