Denham Jolly finally presented with the Order of Canada medal


Jolly was named to the Order in November 2020

Denham Jolly with Governor General Mary Simon

At the first In Person investiture ceremony since Covid, Governor General Mary Simon invested 42 appointees into the Order of Canada at Rideau Hall, Ottawa Thursday October 20, 2022.

Among them was well known Jamaican-Canadian businessman Denham Jolly.

The Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest honours and each appointee possess exceptional drive, passion and resolve, and have contributed to the betterment of Canada.

An outspoken civil rights activist and successful businessperson, author and philanthropist, Jolly was honoured for his leadership in Toronto’s Black community.  He was recognized for the establishment of FLOW 93.5, Canada’s first Black owned radio station and for showcasing the music and stories of culturally diverse communities. Also distinguished for promoting equity and opportunity for minority Canadians in business, employment and education as founder of Black Business and Professional Association and Harry Jerome Awards and founding member of Black Action Defense Committee.

On November 27, 2020, the Governor General of Canada’s office announced Mr. Jolly’s appointment to the Order of Canada, but due to the long lasting Covid lockdown, he received his medal in an Investiture Ceremony last Thursday at Rideau Hall.