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Diversity Celebrations Expand in the Valley

18 February 2008 at 02:36 | 994 views

As Abbotsford grows as a city, so does its diverse community. Residents of the city feel that the time has come for a formal recognition of Black History Month, to celebrate the culture and accomplishments of the Black/African/Caribbean/Canadian community at present and throughout history. It is part of a collective effort to bring awareness to the positive historical contributions of people of African descent.

This event is brought to you by the Social, Cultural, & Media Studies Department and the Association of History Students of the University College of the Fraser Valley. Featured performers will be Kevon ’Scruffmouth’ Cameron, spoken word artist, Mas Edmund, Jamaican-Canadian juggler/entertainer, Jenaye Denomme, dancer/performer, and multi-media presentions and photography by Gratiela Ionesco and Mike Verburgt as seen in the Vancouver Pan-African Film and Arts Festival Cabaret.

Goals of Black History Month Abbotsford 2008 are to inform and break down racial stereotypes as to the definition of Black culture in Canada. The Diversity Education and Resource Services (DEARS) program of Abbotsford Community Services will be presenting an interactive workshop on the topics of diversity and racism. Speaker Clement Apaak (BA, M.Phil, PhD Candidate, Archaeology) of Simon Fraser University will present on the topic “African/Black Contributions to Humanity.” Apaak is the coordinator of a Heritage Canada funded project called Education to Facilitate Integration.

Other presenters will include Geoff Ayi-Bonte (MA, RCC), counsellor and speaker, will speak on the topic of “Blacks in Canada: Building an Inclusive Culture”; Yoro, a drummer/performer; and Courage Eigbike, a UCFV student who seeks to promote African culture through music and storytelling. Ethical Addictions Coffeehouse will be on site providing refreshments and information about fair trade in global communities.

The free family event will occur from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Friday, February 22, 2008 in the Clearbrook Library Meeting Room [32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford]. The interactive workshop will happen between 3:30pm and 4:15pm.Teachers, students, community workers, youth, and the general public are encouraged to attend, and children are welcome. For more information call Danica Denommé at 604-859-5827 or email


Black History Month Abbotsford 2008

February 22nd, 2008

1:00pm to 5:00pm

Clearbrook Library Meeting Room

32320 George Ferguson Way Abbotsford


Danica Denommé

Event Coordinator


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