BBPA announces honourees at 37th annual Harry Jerome Awards

Eight of the BBPA Harry Jerome Award Recipients for 2019

Film-maker Frances-Ann Solomon and  reggae artist Exco Levi  will be among more than a dozen persons who will be  honoured at the 37th annual Harry Jerome Awards to be held at the International Centre, 6900 Airport Road in Toronto on April 27.

Solomon will receive the culture award and Exco Levi will be presented with the entertainment award.

The Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) announced the 2019 honorees at a media launch reception on Tuesday hosted by Rogers Media

Established in 1983 in memory of the late Harry Jerome, a Canadian Olympian and Social Advocate, the Harry Jerome awards recognizes and honors achievements within the Canadian Black community.

The Award is a fundraiser that supports the BBPA’s work in promoting the professional business advancement of African Canadians. The BBPA conducts programming in the areas of economic and entrepreneurial development and young professional training.

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The  full list of honorees is as follows:

Ross Simmonds (Youth Entrepreneur Award)

Paulette Senior (Trailblazer Award)

Leslyn Lewis (Professional Excellence Award)

Grace Foods Canada Inc. (Business Award)

Wendy Beckles (Leadership Award)

Exco Levi (Entertainment Award)

Ray Williams (President Award)

Shaquille Smith (Athletics Award)

Traci Melchor (Media Award)

Karen Burke (Arts Award)

Dr. Dominick Shelton (Health Science Award)

Frances-Anne Solomon (Culture Award)

Gezahgn Wordofa (Community Service Award)

to be presented by the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) and TD Bank at a  media launch reception hosted by Rogers Media on February 19.