Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine July 2016 - Page 129

What are some of the events the GCABC undertakes to raise awareness of Grenada in Vancouver? What else are you passionate about? In the past we showcased Grenada by performing our dances and supplying tourism information to organizations such as Girls Guides of Canada, City of Burnaby and City of Coquitlam. We continue to showcase Grenada by performing and volunteering in the yearly Caribbean Days Festival which is held under the auspices of the Trinidad and Tobago Society. Our yearly Independence Banquet, which is held in February, is second to none. Our members and volunteers perform plays based on Grenadian folklore and we raise awareness of our Tri-Island State by focusing on our national colours, our food, music and most of all our tourism. Canada Day celebration is used to merge our Canadian and Grenadian Cultures. I am especially proud of our past collaboration with Pumpkinhead Production, which made a short film “The Maroon Spirit”. This film was used to show the resilience of Grenadians after Hurricane Ivan. Funds from the sale of DVDs were used to assist our charities in Grenada such as BOCA Secondary School. Are you personally involved with any other organizations? I am very passionate about working with people. I have spent many years working with youth. For several years, as President of the Congress of Black Women, I worked with my colleagues to provide a Saturday School for Students from Grade 2 to Grade 12. Most of our students were given remedial classes and are now very successful adults. I am very passionate about learning and teaching. I had the great fortune of working on a Caricom project with some of the Caribbean Islands in 2013 and 2014. It was one of my most exciting few months. Working with professionals and para-professionals from the Islands, learning from them and teaching them was exhilarating. What’s your favou