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The JCA 50th Anniversary Gala

Toronto, Canada, July 4, 2012

The Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA), one of the oldest black organizations in Canada celebrates its Golden Jubilee, 50 years of community service! To mark this momentous occasion, the JCA will be hosting an anniversary gala on Saturday, July 21 with keynote speaker, the Former Minister of National Security and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. K.D. Knight.

The Gala will be held at the JCA Centre, 995 Arrow Road, under the distinguished patronage of Jamaica’s High Commissioner to Canada, Her Excellency Sheila Sealy Monteith.

President of the JCA Ms. Audrey Campbell said “the Association is a beacon in the community and is proud to celebrate its milestone of 50 years of community service.”

“The JCA has been at the forefront in the fight for equality and justice for people of Jamaican, Caribbean and African/Canadian heritage since its inception in 1962. It is fitting that the golden anniversary of this Jamaican institution be tied to the 50th Anniversary of Independence in the land in which the Association has its roots.”

Noting that this is one of the most important and proudest years that the Jamaican community in Canada will ever celebrate, the President said she is inviting all to join “as we pay homage to the past and celebrate the future.”

The Gala will be held under the theme, “The JCA at 50…the Legacy Continues” and will be a time to not only reflect on the bridges crossed and the mountains climbed, but also to look at those experiences that have made Jamaicans who they are as a people, a nation, a community– valiant, vigilant, triumphant and proud.

The keynote speaker, Senator Knight, is a very accomplished politician and former government minister. As Minister of National Security and Justice he was instrumental in establishing the country’s first modern remand centre and piloted several pieces of legislation including The Drug Court (Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders) Act, The Corruption Prevention Act, The Money Laundering Act, and The Offensive Weapons in Public Places Act. While in the Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade portfolio, Senator Knight served as Council President in the United Nations Security Council Meeting which endorsed a plan for a political solution in Afghanistan.

Please join us at the JCA, 995 Arrow Road on Saturday, July 21, 2012 for this milestone celebration!

The Jamaican Canadian Association is a Social Service and membership organization serving the African/Caribbean communities in Canada since 1962.

For more details please contact the JCA at 416 746 5772. www.jcaontario.org.