The JCA’s celebrates 60 years with gala and awards

Marcia Brown

Over the past 60 years, the Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) has celebrated its Anniversary and Jamaica’s Independence with its annual gala.

On Saturday, August 13th, the JCA will celebrate in person after being virtual for two years under the theme Celebrating 60 years of Greatness.

JCA President David Betty states “As we celebrate 60 years of greatness let us take the time to acknowledge how far we have come. Whether it is the ownership of our own cultural space at 65 Dawes Road, which we purchased at the end of March 1971, less than 10 years into existence, or 1621 Dupont Street in 1985 or our current Cultural Centre at 995 Arrow Road, or the electing of Kamala-Jean Gopie in 1978 as our first female president or the creation of our own credit union in 1963, the JCA has demonstrated great leadership within the Caribbean/West Indian communities.

“We have led and continue to lead on several social issues, in the areas of housing, education, employment and social justice. Therefore, while we recognize that there is much more to be done to realize our vision of Social and economic equity for all members of the communities we serve, let us take the time to recognize the many giants on whose shoulders we stand.”

We invite participants to join us for an evening of good food, fun and entertainment to mark this significant milestone. This year our evening will be hosted by the dynamic Marcia Brown, with entertainment from the Arsenals Ska Band and DJ Soul2Soul. All this while enjoying a fully catered meal.

The awards will be presented to the 2022 recipients.

This year’s recipients for the community award are individuals who are committed to steadily growing a community focused on excellence. Volunteers continue to drive the success of our organization and we recognize those that have gone above and beyond this year as well as those that have dedicated years in service to the JCA.