Vincentians in Toronto to celebrate islands' independence

Ambassador Prince

St.Vincent and the Grenadines will celebrate its 34th Anniversary of Independence from Great Britain on October 27th 2013, and three main events have been organized by The St.Vincent and the Grenadines Association of Toronto Incorporated  to observe this milestone.

This year’s celebrations have been planned around the theme “Strengthening the Youth for Tomorrow”, realizing that the younger members of the Diaspora should be given more recognition and attention.

The events start with a Church Service on Sunday October 27th at 4.00pm at the Wesley Chapel Free Methodist Church at 2385 Warden Avenue in Scarborough. Pastor Raymond Burnett will deliver the message and the youth will take an active part in the service. The following Saturday November 2nd, St.Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador to the United States and the Organization of American States (OAS), Her Excellency La Celia Prince, will be the feature speaker at the Association’s Dinner and Dance at the Riviera Parque Banquet and Convention Center at 2800 Highway 7 West in Vaughan. Ambassador Prince is currently the youngest foreign Ambassador accredited and serving in Washington, D.C. The newly appointed Consul General Fitzgerald Huggins will officiate at the event which will culminate with dancing to the sounds of Julian McIntosh and the Caribbean Thunderbolts and DJ Fusion.

A Community Forum will be convened on November 3rd at the York Civic Centre at 2700 Eglington Ave West at Keele Street focusing on issues relating to Youth. A published author and a former CFL player will join the lineup of youth mentors who will give motivational talks and speak on finance and job skills. Invitations have been sent to the TDSB and the Catholic School Board to encourage their students to attend.  This is an open session which is free to the public.

The St. Vincent and Grenadines Association of Toronto Incorporated, is a not-for-profit association formally established in 1968 in Toronto. The association is committed to providing assistance and support to groups and institutions in Ontario and wherever the association deems fit.  It is committed to provide an anti bias forum for cultural, educational, social and recreational enrichment and to maintain a network of communication through information and referral.

The prime objectives of the Association is to encourage a high level of volunteerism through recruitment, training and effective utilization of skills and to organize and promote events to enrich the lives of children, youths, adults and seniors in order to strengthen their relationship and transfer information and experience among them.