Ten who made a difference celebrated at Bob Marley Day Awards

By Stephen Weir

As the city of Toronto geared up to celebrate Bob Marley Day on February 6th last an evening event at City Hall brought together members of the community to share their memories of the iconic musician.

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Mayor Olivia Chow, widow of the late Jack Layton, was among the attendees at the Celebrating One Love: Bob Marley Day Humanitarian Awards 2024 last Monday, Feb 5th.

Since 1991, Toronto has officially declared February 6th as Bob Marley Day, recognizing the legendary artist's enduring impact on Black culture and heritage.

The event, organized by the Bob Marley Day Committee, focused on honoring individuals and organizations that embody the spirit of Bob Marley through their outstanding humanitarian efforts. This year’s celebration recognized the contributions of ten remarkable individuals and one organization:

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1. Amber Morley (Toronto City Councillor and Deputy Mayor)

2. Tyler Downey (Secretary Treasurer SEIU Healthcare Canada)

3. Matthew Green (MP, Hamilton Centre)

4. Al Quance (Community Builder)

5. Roy Williams (The 1st Bob Marley Day Awardee in 1991)

6. Jay Douglas (Lifetime Achievement Award)

7. Black Talent Initiative (Social Impact Organization)

8. Frances Delsol (Vice-President Operations, National Partnership, Outreach Procurement, BBPA)

9. Clarence Ford (Community Builder)

10. Laura Mae Lindo (Community Builder)

The awards served as a testament to the enduring legacy of Bob Marley, recognizing individuals who continue to make a difference in their communities.

While discussing her late husband Jack Layton's connection to Bob Marley, Mayor Olivia Chow mentioned that he had a favorite song but declined to reveal which one. The air of mystery around Layton’s favorite Marley track added a unique touch to the event that sparked curiosity among attendees.