February 22, 2023 | Vision Newspaper |
The Afroglobal Television presentation of the annual Black History Month showcase is on Thursday, February 23rd, 2023 at Bellagio Boutique Event Venue. In association with the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario, The Painters’ Union, The Plumbers’ Union and other partners, the theme of the event is Honouring The Past, Inventing The Future. Afroglobal Television, Silvertrust Media and the Transformation Institute for Leadership and Innovation are the principal project development and implementation partners.
The sold-out event will celebrate the No. 2 Construction Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force of World War 1, the largest segregated unit in the history of Canada. Following an official apology by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in July, 2022, several commemorative events and programs including a special Royal Canadian Mint coin was released this February. This will be an evening of celebration, entertainment, networking and hearing from some of our esteemed leaders and community partners, about the brilliance and resilience of the Black community here at home in Canada and worldwide. The keynote speaker is Hon. Dr. Jean Augustine.
The Carpenters Union, Painters’ and Allied Trade Unions, Afroglobal Television and other partners seek to unveil a special coin presentation at the event as these were fellow comrades in the construction field. Entertainment will be by Baba Williams, Patricia Shirley-Okujene and Ngoma. A scholarship endowment of $100,000 will be made to George Brown College to assist youth pursuing training certification, diploma or degree studies in the construction industry or labour studies, spearheaded by Chris Campbell of the Carpenter’s Union.The scholarship is titled the Perseverance Award. “33 years ago, I was fortunate to walk through the doors of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBCJA) to start a career as a first-year apprentice at the 64 Signet Drive office. This is an opportunity to give back. It’s another chance to ‘walk the talk’ of making a difference for many years to come for the local communities,” says Chris about why the scholarship is necessary. The scholarship will be launched at the Afroglobal Black History Showcase in February 2023.
Sponsors include: Cassels, Ernst & Young (EY), Carpenters & Allied Union Workers, IBEW, York Police, Painters & Allied Trades International Union, Neighbourhood Development Careers, Silvertrust media, United Association of Plumbers, Transformation Institute, Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Toronto Community Benefits, Central Ontario Building Trades and Lisa Lucas.
The Black History Showcase will be featured on the Afroglobal Television network, which is on Rogers 708, Bell 2472, Eastlink 886, Ignite 884, Telus 2701 across Canada. The broadcast special will also be on OMNI Television, courtesy of Rogers Media. It will be subsequently available on demand on various platforms. In addition, it will also be published in Excellence Magazine.