Steps Towards Health as JCA Walkathon and Wellness Event Unites Community

Front Row Left to Right: Carlton Darby, His Royal Highness King Nana Yaw Osam, The Queen, David Betty, Dr. Sylvanus Thompson, and Charles Gordon

Over 60 persons representing 7 groups walked for either 5 KM or 10 KM despite the rainy morning.

Seven Groups: Ardenne Alumni Association, Jamaica Foundation Hamilton (walked in Hamilton), Heritage Singers, Jamaica Ex-Soldiers Association, Clarendon College Alumni Association, Jamaican Ex-Firefighters Association, and Dinthill Alumni Association.

The event sponsors were Shontelle Dubois Fitness, Sweet DU Smoothies and Juice Bar, the Caribbean Camera and Black Creek Community Health Centre. 

Over 200 persons attended the Health and Wellness component throughout the day.  Various health and wellness services and information were available to them. These included health and wellness checks performed by staff from Black Creek Health Centre, and health and safety information from organizations such as the Walnut Foundation, Sickle Cell Association, Toronto Public Health, Alzheimer’s Society, Black Kids Health and Toronto Police Service. Other services included diabetic foot care for seniors, massage therapy, barbering and wellness activities provided by DSI Wellness Lounge. Given the importance of cultural well-being, there were popular performances by Rev Kay Morris, Elite Dancers and York Lions Steel Band.

The guest of honour was His Royal Highness King Nana Yaw Osam the 1st, King responsible for the preservation and promotion of culture at the Central Region of Ghana.  The King spoke individually with a number of the service providers and provided an inspiring speech to the audience.  He pledged the support of the Ghanian community to future events of that kind.

“The community health and wellness event, blossomed into a resounding success, fostering a vibrant atmosphere of holistic health and camaraderie. With a diverse array of services and activities, the event was aimed at empowering participants to embrace healthier lifestyles while forging stronger bonds within the community through collaborative efforts and a shared commitment to well-being”.  Dr. Sylvanus Thompson, Coordinator for the Health and Wellness component of the event.