By Stephen Weir
Bob Marley Day was observed in Toronto yesterday with an hour-long ceremony at City Hall and the lighting up of the Jamaican colours of red, green and gold at the CN-Tower and Nathan Phillips Square.
The ceremony at City Hall started with Jamaica-born Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson reading out the city’s official proclamation. The city has commemorated Marley’s music and legacy each year since his death in 1981. The Jamaican-born singer-songwriter was responsible for numerous worldwide hits including “One Love,” and “Redemption Song.”
Bob Marley Day Committee Chair and CEO of Jamaica’s Timeless Herbal Care, Courtney Betty along with Lloyd Wilks. Consul General of Jamaica, oversaw the presentations of nine awards at the ceremony.
‘These Awards are presented annually,” said Betty “to those “who embody Marley in a humanitarian and activist manner. These are the real heroes”
The 2019 awardees were
JUSTICE MICHAEL H TULLOCH – Ontario Court Judge
DR KEVIN ROD – Pain Medicine Clinic/Medical Cannabis Specialist
GORDON CHANG, – Pharmaceutical/Nutraceutical Products Specialist
ALEX MACGREGOR – Professor, Bio Pharmaceutics Technology
DARACE ROSE –Community Activist
JAMAAL MAGLOIRE –Former NBA Player /Raptors Coach/Youth Foundation
PAT WRIGHT –Wellness Author
PAM CLARKE – Nurse/Community Health & Wellness Advocate
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD presented by the Jamaica Tourist Board to MARCIA GRIFFITHS, Reggae Artist/Vocalist