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Global eyes october 2010 pdf
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  • 1. Celebrating Women global eyesvolume 5 no. 3 Magazine
  • 2. 2 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 Inside Global Eyes Magazine aims at promoting cultural diversity with particular focus on Black and Caribbean cultural identities to create greater understanding between these cultures and the larger cultural communities. Global Eyes Magazine is published four times a year by Global Eyes Publishing , 671 RathgarAvenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3L 1G6, Canada. It is prepared under the direction of an Editorial Committee. Subscription is available for $15.00 a year. Each issue will be delivered to your door. Global Eyes Magazine welcomes news, letters, art and freelance articles of interest. Payments can be made in either Canadian orAmerican funds payable to Global Eyes Magazine 671 RathgarAvenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L1G6 email: globaleyes@mts.net GLOBAL EYES MAGAZINE SubscriptionForm: Name: Address: Postal Code: Telephone: ($___________) Email: ThankYou. Editor: BeatriceWatson Contributors: NeilPitumbar,CaribbeanShield Robin Dwarka, Community Vibes Lara Badmus, LLB Buddy Small Carmen Nembhard Beatrice Watson Publisher:GlobalEyesPublishing Since 1990 Global Eyes Star Columnists - in service to the community NeilPitamber RobinDwarka LaraBadmus,LLB Flight Thiscaptivebird longs to soar and heal her wounds ... to spread her wings o’re the powdered blue skies ...sundrenchedrainbows a kaleidoscope of colors long forgotten toguideherwaytonewbeginnings and ease the pain of endings She longs to soar beyondthemediocrityoftoday and feel the expectation of tomorrow. (EleanorLaPlante) Eleanor is a receptionist at Lion’s Manor where Ruthy lived and wanted to dedicate this poem to Ruthy. GEM extends it to Senhit and her Caribbean friend who were victims of a drunk driver. Watch for these articles in the nextissue: TruthandReconciliation ArtistasanIntellectual GloriaSteineminBrandon
  • 3. Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 3 Editorial - Take One All across Canada women gather to celebrate Person’s Day to mark the anniversary of the day women were recognized as legal persons in the courts of law. Looking back it seems ridiculous but such was the time. Women got the vote albeit in stages. Theykeptthefightupandkeeponfightingforwhatisright for women and the world. InWinnipegtherearemanywomenwhohaveworkedfor and contributed to the betterment of our society. Many women from the Black and Caribbean communities have steppeduptotheplateandmadetheirmarkinthecontinued fight for women’s equality and human rights. Women like Dr.JuneJames,whosawthefruitionofHarambeehousing, Dr. Beryle Jones who was instrumental of in helping many organizationsoffthegroundincludingIWAMandCOBW, NormaWalker, who was the first black woman to run for a provincialoffice,DianeDwarkawhohasworkedwithinthe Caribbean and larger community, CCOM and LegalAid Manitoba, Betty Hopkins who has worked tirelessly for women’sequalitythroughLEAFManitoba.ThankstoLEAF intervention,MuslimwomenareallowedtoweartheirNiqab in court, Leslie Spillett, a strong advocate forAboriginal women’s rights and who has accomplished a lot for Aboriginal women and society in general, Mary Scott who has worked at the local and international level to provide a voice for women at these fora, BoseAgbayewa who has madeavaliantmarkintheNigerian/Africancommunity, Lois Pattersonhasvaliantlyworkedtoprovidebetteropportunities foryouthsinourcommunitythroughannualscholarshipsand MonicaSinghwhosepassioniswithimmigrantandrefugee women. I think it is fitting to acknowledge the continuing work of women in our community who has left their mark and others are following in them. Behind all these women aremanyordinarywomendoingthegrungejobstomakeit happen.Theyarenolessimportant.Wethankthesewomen and grateful that they care enough to dedicate a chunk of theirtimetoserviceinthecommunity Ruthyburstintomylifelikeabreathoffreshairandassoon as I caught a whiff of that air I knew I was hooked. She was suchasweet,caring,intelligentandjustawonderfulhuman being. Ihavenevermetsomeonequitelikeher. Shewasfull ofenergy,fullofplans,optimism,warm,articulate,alwayswith abigtoothysmile,acuteintelligenceandjustlikethattheLord calledherbacktopost.Shewasgonelikeawhirlwind. DaughterofHaitianparentsRuthyleftaprivilegedlifeinMiami andarrivedinManitobawithhersuitcase.Shewaswelcomed byfriendsinSelkirk,KarenThomas’familyandothersshemet outthere.Havinggonetohermemorialwhichwassponsored bytheUniversityofWinnipeg’sMennoSimon’scollegewhere shetaughtacouplesessionalcoursesinconflictresolution,I heardalmosteveryoneattesttothesameeffectRuthyhadon themasshehadonme. Ruthyhadastrongspiritualbaseandan understandingthatmakesmefeelshewaspreparedforwhatever comes. She was an angel that dwelled amongst us and I feel privilegedthatIgottoknowher. I spoke to Ruthy on the Thursday evening making plans for her to do a workshop onTapping for the Congress of Black Women on the Sunday 17th October. On the Friday 15th I went on Facebook to send her a message to let her know what timeIwillpickherup.Iwasshockedbythenumberof condolencesIfoundonherpage.Ruthywasgoneatthetender ageof37.Thisjustgoestoremindusthatwehavetobeinthe moment.Wehavetoalwaysliveeachdayasifitwereourlast butenjoyeachdayasifitwilllastforever. Inspiteofthesadness Ifelt,Iwaselatedbyalltheprofoundstatementspeoplearound theworldweremakingaboutRuthythatconfirmedmyfeelings thatshewasnotanordinaryperson.Shewasspecial.Shedid whatshecametodo.Lifeislikethat.Iencourageyoutolive eachdayasifitwereyourlast,dothethingsyouneedtodobut enjoyitasthoughitwilllastforever. “No one has the right to make you feel less than.” A community member’s memory of Ruthy’s wisdom that changed her life. R.C. Remembering Ruthy Charlot If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress. Barack Obama Quotable Quotes I bring the pretty and think life is too short for bad food. RC
  • 4. 4 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 Global Briefs FormerChileanPresident,Michelle Bachelet, was recently appointed as the Under-SecretaryGeneralforGender EqualityandtheEmpowermentofWomen fortheUnitedNationsbyUnitedNations Secretary-GeneralBanKi-moon. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon recently appointed Ms. MichelleBachelet,formerPresidentof Chile, as the head of UN Women, the newly created UN EntityforGenderEqualityandtheEmpowermentofWomen, established on 2 July by the GeneralAssembly. Ms. Bachelet bringstothiscriticalpositionahistoryofdynamicglobal leadership,highlyhonedpoliticalskillsanduncommonability to create consensus and focus among UN agencies and many partners in both the public and private sector. Ms. Bachelet served as the first female President of Chile from 2006 to 2010. Along-time champion of women’s rights, Ms Bachelet advocated for gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout her career. One of her major successes was her decision to save billions of dollars in revenues to spend on pension reform, which guaranteed a programmeofsocialprotectionsforwomenandchildren, despitethefinancialcrisis. Thisincludedtriplingthenumber offreeearlychild-carecentresforlow-incomefamiliesand the completion of some 3,500 child-care centres around the country. Brazilhaselectedits firstwomanpresident, Dilma Rousseff in its recent general elections. The former Marxist guerrilla won by a narrow margin in a run off vote by 56 percent against her centrist rival Jose Serra In a 25-minute victory speech to jubilant supporters in Brasilia, Youssef said that her first promise was to “honour the women” of Brazil and that she hoped her win would allow “fathers and mothers to look their daughters in the eyes and say, ‘Yes, a woman can.”’ Known for her tough and serious demeanour, Youssef only betrayed emotion when she spoke about President Luis Ignacio Lula ad Silva, Brazil’s hugely popular leader the last eight years who chose her as his party’s candidate to succeed him and used all his political will to get her elected. “The joy I feel with this victory today is mixed with the emotion of his farewell. I know that a leader like Lula will never be away from his people,” she said, using the president’s nickname as her eyes welled with tears and her voice cracked. “I will always be able to knock on his door and I’m sure that it will always will be open.” TheBarbadianandCaribbeancommunityatlargepaid their respects in various forms and com- munity events, observing silences to mark the passing of the popular Prime Minister of Barbados The Hon. David Thompson at the age 48 of pancreatic cancer. He leaves to mourn his wife Mara, daughters Misha, Oya and Osa. Mrs. Thompson thanked Barbadians for their support, as she and her family mourn the loss of “the person who was central to all we did”. “Barbados has lost its loyal son and faithful servant before hehadthetimetorealisehislifetimedreams,”MaraThompson said. “We enjoyed and endured his public service experiences. He was always indebted to the people and the party for affording him the opportunity to see the mountain top. Our longvigilthisyearwaslightenedbytheprayersandsupport ofBarbadians,”sheadded. “We are deeply grateful for all your considerations as we seek to reflect asafamilyinmourning.” Winnipeg community we mourn the loss of two young bright stars from the African and Sri Lankan communities at the hands of a drunk 17 year old driver who drove her car into the one carrying SenhitYohanes and her friends. Heartfelt condolences go out to Birikti Bahta and the Subramanian families for this tragic loss. We wish the Ghanian youth a speedy recovery. May those who drink and drive learn from this terrible situation. Community mourns the loss of two rising stars The Winnipeg Bajan Community Mourns the loss of the Prime Minister of Barbados - Hon David Thompson
  • 5. Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 5 Regulars Letter to my Daughter Global Counsellor My dear daughter, Women’s history month celebrates women and girls ‘rights in the world. In Canada women and girls enjoy a reasonable degree of rights. However, rights are not static – they come and they go to the extent that people are vigilant. Only a few months ago, many young people in Toronto were shocked out of their complaisance when hundred were corralled and locked up in jail for exercising their democratic rights. Rights are not god-given; they are demanded and hard fought for by men and women. Because of that rights must always be guarded like a precious stone. Women have indeed come a long way from the dungeons of justice but there is still a lot more to be done. Fortunately for you living in Canada you are assured a decent education, able to attend any school or study to become whatever you want but for girls in many parts of the world going to school could be a matter of life and death. Why am I telling you all this. It is to encourage you to be vigilant not only to protect rights of women and girls but the rights of Canadians and peoples throughout the world. In Manitoba there are many role models for young girls to emulate. The women who are at the forefront of contributing to community development and social justice issues are many and they come from various social, cultural and religious backgrounds. They see a need and they try to fill it for the betterment of those less fortunate. If there is one thing to learn from all this is that community work is one of the most rewarding works and benefits all. Indeed according to the greatest thinkers in the world, being of service is mankind’s highest calling. Love, mom Dear globalcounselor, I am from the Caribbean of East Indian background. My 18 year old grand daughter lives with me and she is different from the way I know. She goes out and comes in whenever she likes and my son, her dad, says nothing. It is as if he is helpless. She goes out to party, does not go to the Hindu Temple, in fact she ridicules our religious beliefs as superstition. Last month she threw a bombshell on us by informing us she is pregnant. The father is a refugee from some country in Africa I never heard of before Eritrea. My first instinct was to encourage her to have an abortion and get on with her life. They cannot raise a child. He is still in school and she is doing some small time job that aint paying no money to raise children. I am so fed up with this child. She has brought shame and disgrace on the family. I want to disown her and I tell my son to put his foot down and let her know he is her father. He said he cannot do that and I should get used to living in Canada. Imagine that. How can I convince her to get rid of the baby and get on with her life? Her future is at stake! Troubled granny Dear troubled granny: Having an abortion is not like extracting a tooth. It is a decision that a person has to make for herself. This is life altering. I think you have to respect that your granddaughter knows what is best for her. She has to do what she can live with. Imagine what it could be like for her in ten years time wants to have a child and could not conceive. She would blame you. Sometimes having a baby is the best thing to straighten up a wayward child. Just let it be. All you need to do and all she needs from you right now is your unconditional love. There is no shame in having a child. Having a child is a gift from God. When you change the way you look at things the things you look at change. “Simply be open and present and you’ll fall into the arms of God. But resist even for a moment and you will get caught in a needless tangle of your own making. When the heart opens, it is filled with love.And its ability to give and receive is now longer based on anything external. Be willing. Participate. Touch and be touched. Feel everything. Open your arms to life and let your heart be touched, that is why you are here.” ~ Paul Ferrini Quotable Quote
  • 6. 6 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 In Your Back Yard CommunityVibesispartneringwithSt.John’sHigh School to bring a new after hours concept to the St. John’s/Luxton neighbourhood. The CVSports program willincludephysicaltraining,tutoringandmentoringand educationalsessionsonnutritionandsportspsychology. PresidentofCommunityVibes,TroyOsiname,says“this is more than just a drop in for youth. This is a fresh new wayoflookingatafterschoolprogramming.” CommunityVibes created this program to address some of the issues faced by these neighbourhoods such as gang involvementandcrimeandalackofwholesomeafter schoolactivitiesforyouthinthecommunity. The program hopes to provide a presence in the area to assist youth in structured activity and to allow them access to positive role models. The training is not onlyphysicalbutwillworktoincreaseyouthsknowledge relatedtonutritionandsportpsychologyaswell. Education is another focal point of this program. CV Sportswillbringintutorswhocanassistyouthsinbetter understandingtheirschoolmaterial. Eventually,CV Sports hopes to recruit tutors in all subject areas of the Manitobamiddleyearsandhighschoolcurriculum. Specialworkshopsduringtheyearwillteachyouth valuablelifeskillstoaidwiththeirpsychosocial developmentandhealth. OsinamewantsCommunity Vibes to use its “resources to give youth options that lead topositivechange.” This is an ambitious project. In addition to working withSt.John’sHighSchool,CommunityVibeswillbe partnering with a local grocery store to contribute some of therefreshmentsfortheyouthwhileteachingthemhowto makegoodnutritionalchoices. The program is geared to all youth aged 13-17. The program is slated to begin this October. The cost of the 8-month program is $150. For more information, check outCommunityVibeswebsiteat www.communityvibes.ca. Local Organization Brings Sports, Tutoring to the Community - Robin Dwarka The evening started off with fiddling by Emille Chartier a young fiddler who had the crowd toe tapping followed by Slava Ukrainian Contemporary Dancers under the directorship of Laryssa Semchyshyn Congress of Black Women, the Orlan Ukrainian folk ensemble and the Jamaican Folk Ensemble followed by a sumptuous multicultural meal of perogys, jerk chicken, portiere and rice pilaf plus ample sides that made the Congress of Black Women 12th Annual Unity Dinner something to write home about. The Canada Inn Pembina Highway venue was pack to capacity and DJ big John delivered the sounds to make the evening worth dressing up and being out of the house. Three deserving young women received scholarship dollars to help further their education at the university level. Therecipientswere:NatalieReynolds,TrishaDavis,Esperance MugosaandEmemUkpong President Lisa Hackett gave a rousing welcome carefully acknowledging all the organizations that are making a difference in women’s lives here in Manitoba and all around the world. If you have been going to these events as long as I have, you would notice one thing has changed people leave shortly after supper and the formalities. There is a dire need for the younger generation to be encouraged to attend formal community events to fill the generation gap at these events. Congress of Black Women Celebrates Unity Dinner
  • 7. Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 7 Shining Examples Manyethniccommunitiesaretryingto findwaystoengageyouthandgetthem involvedinthecommunity. Oneperson who is trying to get youth involved is TroyOsiname. Heandtheorganization hefounded,CommunityVibes,isfiring thingsupandcreatingnewinterestfor youth in the Caribbean and African communitiesinWinnipeg. TroyOsinamewasbornandraisedin Winnipegand,thoughheisofJamaican and Nigerian heritage, he considers himself a “realWesterner. I’mWest Indian,WestAfrican and born in the west.” He is a deeply spiritual person and a skilled conversationalist. Troy’sseven-yearolddaughterisoneofthe manyreasonsheisgettingmoreinvolvedwithcommunitylife– tomakealifeforherthatisrichwithallofthewonderfulcultures thatmakeWinnipegauniqueplace. ThroughobservationshemadegrowingupintheCentral ParkneighbourhoodandinEastKildonan,Troybecameaware thatthenaturalenergythatyoungpeoplehavewasmissingfrom the community. “I realized that there is a real need for young people in all areas and aspects of life... church, community activisim,governmentandprofessions”. One of the reasons for the lack of youth being active in the community is that their needs and that of their immigrant parentsaredifferent. Manyimmigrantshadtomakesacrifices whentheycametoCanadatomakeabetterlifeforthemselves andtheirfamiliesoftenbecausetheirforeignearnedcredentials werenotrecognizedhere. ManyCanadianbornyoungpeople don’thavethosechallengesorthesameneedstocometogether, for example, language. Yet, some of the existing community organizationsseemfocusedongoals,ritualsandstructuresthat areimportanttofirstgenerationCanadiansbutdon’treallyspeak tothegenerationsthatcomeafterthem. Troyishopingtobridge the divide and get more youth and young professionals involvedintheCaribbeanandAfricancommunitiesandby doingso,“energizecommunitiesandcreatepositiveaction, activityandleadership.” Troy exhibits that same energy he is looking for in others. Withinayear,CommunityVibeshasgonefromthe germofanideatoafullyfunctioningorganizationpropelled by a small group of relatively young professionals. Troy feels that “anyone who has a love for helping people and gifts they’d like to display can do that here. This is a movement - a collective that applies creativity to creative opportunity.” The key to Community Vibes’success is partnerships with local groups. According to Troy “partnerships are what makes Community Vibes so intriguing...Wewelcomeit.Bothgrassrootsandcorporate. I believe it’s important for any organization to build on relationships.It’swhatkeepsventuresfreshandexciting.” Events such as the Black History Month production, Through My Father’s Eyes, and the Help Haiti fundraiser toassistvictimsoftheearthquakesharethatvision. Troy hopes that the first old-fashion cookout at Central Park will become the flag ship annual event for Community Vibes. Its mandate is to shine a light on a neighbourhood diverse and rich in culture and expression. “It’sawesometoseeAsian,AfricanandAboriginalpeoples allmakinguponecommunity.It’smulticulturismatitsfinest - the very thing that makes Manitoba”, sayTroy. What’s on the horizon? Community Vibes is set to launch its after school program this October at St. John’s High School and plans are already under way for the 2011 BlackHistoryMonthproduction. Formoreinformationor togetinvolvedwithCommunityVibesvisittheirwebsiteat www.communityvibes.ca or contact Troy at communityvibes@gmail.com. Troy Osiname - Community Champion - Robin Dwarka The Nigerian Association of Manitoba, Inc. celebrated Nigeria’s 50th Anniversary of Independence with a banquet and dance at the Winnipeg Convention Centre on Saturday October 23, 2010. The Nigerian community showed off their traditional dress and highlife dances. Nigerian Association of Manitoba Celebrates Nigeria’s 50th Independence Anniversary Nigerian community members show off their cultural attires MinisterAndrew Swan
  • 8. 8 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 AnInterviewwithKamtaRoySingh,CaptainofLionsCricketClub,President of the Guyanese Association of Manitoba, Community Leader, and Entrepreneur Neil: There are many questions I feel compelled to ask but let’s begin with your community involvement: Roy: I am involved with the Guyanese Association of Manitoba, Inc., Lions Sports Club, WIICCOM, the India School of Dance and Maple Community Centre. Then there is my business community involvement throughTim Horton’s. which allows me to do a lot of volunteer work especially with children. I am always willing to assist wherever I can. In the past I have assisted organizations such as GCO, the Pakistani Association with the recent flooding, fundraising for Haiti, the Caribbean and greater community at large. N: Have you found ways to incorporate Tim Horton’s, a Canadian business entity, into your mode of operation? R: Definitely. As an entrepreneur the community benefits from my ownership through sponsorships, employment opportunities, the Tim Horton’s Children camp, as well as sponsoring Timbits Soccer and Timbits Hockey. Also as an entrepreneur I have some input in recommending community centers that could send six children to Tim’s Camp. We rotate the selection every year. N: You have been a driving force to institutionalize cricket into the mainstream phys-ed. R: We started a grassroots cricket program for GAM in the year 1999. The interest in the sport has kept on growing. With co-operation from Burton Cummings Community Centre we were able to open that pitch in 2007. Being an executive member of Maples Community centre I was instrumental in doing the same for Elwick. We transformed Elwick an abandoned to a functioning community centre that is open seven days a week and serves as a drop-in centre for children. The hockey rink is restored and the cricket ground is being used by 18 middle schools from the Maples area - and it’s going to be bigger and better. N: What ultimately motivates Kamta Roy Singh? R: Giving back to the community. I have reached a stage in my life where I am able to give back; where I am able to do something for the community and make a difference to benefit today’s and future generations. N: How do you manage to keep cricket in the juggle of your hectic schedule? R: Cricket is a sport that’s in my blood. It helps me to be who I am. It helps me to make new friends, be competitive, strive to be better, but as a sport it also keeps you fit. I find time because I love the game, I love the sport and it makes a difference in my life. I must say though, anything I do I always take a positive mind into it. I never do community work for personal gains. Twenty years ago Lions was just a group of guys getting together with their families to play cricket and now it’s teaching youths about our and sharing this passion with the larger community. N: The Guyanese Association of Manitoba, Inc. of which you are currently its president, and the Guyanese Cultural Organization of Winnipeg, Inc. put on a successful joint Independence Day Celebration in 2008. There are those who would like to see these two organizations become one, what do you say to that? R: The idea behind it was to unite the two organizations as one. However because of Guyana’s political history brought here by some members of both, it created a severe challenge. But the joint event was a huge step towards the dream of making it one organization. We have to take baby steps. One of the positives that came out of that event is the strong relationship we have developed. My idea was to have the same joint celebration every 2 years - if we do that that’s one way of uniting and seeing what the people are doing. We made a profit of $3000 that was split equally between the two organizations. One of the privileges was to bring the high comminiser of Guyana, the honourable Rajnarine Singh, to witness the event. N: Does it bother you that there appears to be a decline in cultural consciousness in the generations coming up? R: Yes, it bothers me a lot. It’s one of the better reasons we need to unite as one. N: Do you think there are enough qualities between the GCO and GAM that will always warrant two organizations? R: In a sense, you can say yes. There are some differences between the Indo and Afro Guyanese cultures. However, the passion, the dream of one people under on flag, one umbrella is reason enough to unite in spite of that. N: Speaking of Folklorama it seems that GAM no longer exercises an active role in the Indo-Tropical Paradise Pavilion. Why is that? R: I believe in unity and I prefer that all organizations, associations, temples, such as GAM, T&T, should all be united together to be part of Folklorama. N: Why is GAM not a part of the Council of Caribbean Organizations of Manitoba, Inc.? R: That particular issue predates my run as President, but I will say that we should be involved one way or the other with CCOM. N: Alright - I understand that you also pen articles for the Indo- Canadian Telegram - what is the nature of the content, and why do you believe it needs to be expressed? R: The nature of the content was a life history about why I came to Canada and how I got started as an immigrant, became an entrepreneur and have been successful. I think the reason they did this story is because there are only few individuals who have been able to achieve that kind of success in such a short period of time. Eventually the story became very motivational to many immigrants in Manitoba, whereas CBC radio and television did an interview to Cricket in the Juggle - Kamta Roy Singh cont’d on p9
  • 9. Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 9 New Member of the Manitoba Arts Council Former Winnipegger, FemiAgabyewa, Director of Production, Real Livin Films has just completed another film “Shakara” a hilarious romantic short comedy about a young Nigerian couple attempting to get married against their parents’ wishes which is very different from his first feature film God’s Own Country. The latter was about African immigrants trying to succeed in America against all odds. Born in Ibadan Nigeria, Femi grew up inWinnipeg and is the son of Bose Agbayewa a respected memberofthecommunitywhoheadsadepartmentatVictoriaHospital. Femi Agbayewa’s film odyssey began in 2000 with the autobiographical short Pieces of a Man followed by his highly successful feature film God’s own country which he wrote and directed. God’s Own Country also has the distinction of being the first African film to release a mixtape/soundtrack featuring US-based artists alongsideAfrica-based artists. Mr. Agbayewa is currently in development on several projects including a feature film set in Sub-SaharanAfrica that he will write and direct. The film will also be shot on location in Sub- Saharan Africa in 2010. Graduate of a BA and MA degree from Concordia University in CommunicationsAgbayewa says this new film is very much like the Hollywood movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”Not everything about Africans has to be Hotel Rwanda or Blood Diamond or even God’s Own Country. There are a billion stories that Nollywood USA can tell,” he states. tell the same story. The Canadian Immigration Dept. did an interview and an article in the Canadian Immigrant newspaper that was published nationally, and presently the CBC Public Immigration Relation Dept is doing a 5 hour interview to be taped to show immigrants how they can be successful in life. I have also gone to schools and universities and given interviews about my experiences. N: Your father was recently diagnosed with cancer and is fighting valiantly through it. How has that affected you? R: First of all, it was a very difficult time no doubt about it. It was challenging but because of his illness we realize that no matter how many difficulties you have, you can come out of it. He had proven that no matter how down you are you can rise to the occasion. As the eldest son we have always been like two friends. But more so he is a living example of what life is - I have lived and I have see that he is always been a very strong community leader, always very motivational to anyone, particularly elders and youth and those are values that I learned from him - that even make a difference in my life. So in retrospect when he was ill, I was ill myself because he was a friend. N: You have achieved and done a lot but you remain one of the humblest persons I know. How do you maintain that humility? R: I guess it’s a genetic thing, N: Anything you would like to say to Global Eyes readers? R: I came to know about the magazine three years when it published an article about the GAM and GCO Independence Day event. Since then I have been reading Global Eyes. It’s the only magazine that covers anyprogramoranyissueorany news within the general Caribbeancommunity. N: And that - is a sentiment, I am sure Buddy will agree with. Roy Kamta Singh,ACAM Rep H. Irving., the Hon. Rajnarine Singh, Former GCO Pres. Winston Johnson, Caribbean Shield Owner Peter Pitamber Kamta continued from p8 Congratulations toYisaAkinbolaji, who has recently been appointedBoardmemberoftheManitoba ArtsCouncil. An artist himself,Yisa professional background is that of an arts teacher. He recently completed his Masters of Fine Arts Degree from the University of North Dakota. Yisa is often described as theAfrican Picasso. He has exhibitedhis works widely in Canada and the United States.Yisa has received numerous awards from his home country Nigeria where he has been asked to paint the portraits of important political figures. Yisawillbringanimmigrantsensibilityalongwithastrong professional perspective to his role on the council. The ManitobaArts Council is an arm’s-length agency of the Province of Manitoba, estab- lished in 1965 “to promote the study, enjoyment, production and perform- ance of works in the arts.” The Council makes awards to professional arts organizationsandindividualsinallart formsincludingartseducation,literary arts, performing arts, and visual arts. The Council uses a peer assessment process in making awards. The main criterion used to assess application is artisticexcellence. Nollywood - Africa’s Answer to Hollywood
  • 10. 10 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 HEALTHWISE Ingredients 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 lb total) For coating: 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup olive oil 2 cups of whole-wheat bread crumbs 1/2 cup chopped, seedless, green and black olives 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (for top of chicken just before going into oven) 1 dash garlic powder 1 dash coarsely-ground sea salt to taste Fresh herbs for garnish (curly parsley, sage, rosemary-any or combined) Mango salsa: 1/4 cup chopped red onion 1/4 cup chopped cucumber 1/2-1 cup chopped ripe mango 2 tbsp lemon juice Directions The first step is to make the olive coating. Make a mixture of whole wheat bread crumbs and black and green olives with a pinch of garlic powder. Pound the chicken and flatten it. Dip it in a combined mixture of olive oil and lemon juice. Spread the coating on the chicken breast. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 400 ° F. Add mango salsa garnish. Serve with 1 cup of whole wheat couscous, cooked in low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth, and grilled asparagus. Diets are a dime a dozen and they all do the same thing, make you lose weight and then you double your losses the next time around. Anyway, though I am not a big fan of diets, here is a neat one from Dr. Oz developed by a dietitian Dr. Bovena Brock who did not look as though she was starving. It’s called the Just 10 Diet. On this diet you eat 4 servings of protein; 3 serving complex carbo- hydrate, s 3 serving of fats and unlimited vegetables. You get a servingofdessertevery other day. Aservingofmeatshouldfitin the palm of your hands. A servingofcheezeshouldbe the size of 2 dice. Aservingoffat;Aservingof dessertshouldbesmallerthan thepalmofyourhand; 5 Rules To Weight Loss 1. Cut out the sugary sodas 2.You won’t eat past 8:00 P.M. 3. Move 10 minutes a day 4.Trackyourweightdaily 5.You will not eat snacks largerthanyourfist Just 10 Mango Chicken Happy 2nd Birthday to Kenny Daodu and her twin sister Taiwo Olajumoke Oladele who travelled from London England to celebrate this birthday. Their birthday was celebrated at the Immanuel Church and was part of the Thanksgiving service. After the service the party retreated to the lower floor for a traditional Nigerian meal, singing the birthday song and cutting the cake. It was a truly delightful event of laughter, papparazi and fun. Bernadette Ferreira surprised the twin by launching into the birthday song specially dedicated to twins which are often sung by community elders. The song touched Kenny and Taiwo especially because it was sung by a sister from the Caribbean. The song was beautiful and could have been sung better by a native Nigerian and that brought the party to a fitting end. Birthday Twins Kenny Daodu and sister Taiwo O. Oladele Pastor Deborah Olukoju prays for the Twins Kenny and Taiwo pose with some of their friends Double Double Birthday greetings for the Twins
  • 11. Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 11 Can’t find a salon to do justice to your hair? Look no more! Les Touche Salon will send you satisfied everytime 4-555 BalmoralAve Hours: Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m - 7:00 p.m. Phone: 947-5830 Moving in the diversity direction - Two history-making wins Congratulations to Derek Dabee (r) and Devi Sharma for stepping up into the public arena to work on behalf ofWinnipeggers in the area of their choice. Dabee a long time community activist fighting for the rights of the underdog won a seat on the Seven Oaks School Division’sWard 2 Board ofTrustees. Dabee, originally from Guyana is the first Caribbean person to be elected as a school trustee. Devi Sharma, publisher of Indo-CanadianTelegram, and the first staff to work with the ManitobaEthnoculturalAdvocacyandAdvisorycouncilsucceededher formerbossCouncillorMikeO’ShaughnessybywinningtheCityCouncil positioninOldKildonan. Sharma worked well with a cross section of the cultural community as MEAAC Staffer and did a great job. Devi is believed to be the first Indo-Canadian to join CityCouncil. We wish Dabee and Sharma success in their new endeavour and like every otherpoliticianwehavetoholdthemaccountabletofulfiltheirmandateintheir respective NICCOM celebrated Nigeria’s 50th Independence Anniversary at the Best Western Hotel with plenty of food, drinks and entertainment. The organization honoured two immigrant serving agencies and one government department for doing a fantastic job with helping immigrants to settle and integrate into the Canadian society. The organizations honoured were: Success Skills Centre, Employment Projects of Winnipeg and the Department of Labour and Immigration. Dr. Sunday Olukoju, NICCOM President also launched his book “Hope on the Horizon: From Celebration of Stupidity to Celebration of Excellence”, as well as the dedication of a debut documentary titled “The 50 Golden Voices.” Nigeria Canada Congress Organization of Manitoba Celebrates Independence Beatrice Watson, presented the award to Ms Marilyn Brick, MLA, St. Norbert for the Department of Immigration Success Skills Staff poses with Sunday Olukoju Lisa Hackett, presented award to Monica Fiest for success Skills Centre Deborah Olukoju chats up some of the guests
  • 12. 12 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 D’bi Young one of the head acts at Sarsvati 2010 Femfest, delivered a skilfully engaging performance of “She” the first in a labyrinth trilogy which critically comments on the womben’s status today through a gender lens of exploitation and expectation. Originally from Jamaica, Young came to Canada in 1993 and has been a force in Canadian Theatre ever since. Founder and artistic director of anitafrika dub theatre in Toronto Young has appeared in many plays and television shows. She won the best actress award for her performance as Staceyann in Da Kink in my Hair In She Young started off with the character of a young girl with dreams of being a dancer, dreams her mother who worked as a domestic in Canada told her she could have. Young was awesome in this role. She somersaulted stealthily happy in her world of dreams. Young seamlessly morphed from one character to the other. Her only prop a roll of white paper which she intermittently scribbled on. The three female characters in “She” were true to real life characters you would meet in the Caribbean context. The stories were real. Young vowed to speak truth no matter how horrible it may be. She acts truth and the audience cannot escape it in all its rhythms. Young is an engaging, charismatic performer. You are drawn in by this tiny, larger than life wombman as she claims the space on the stage as her own. She speaks to her audience like old friends. How can you not be engage when her smile is a mile wide open. I wanted more. This work is worth making time to see. Congratulations to the Watson sisters and Garfield Williams It seems that this is the providence has smiled on them. Their hard work has paid some dividends. Maiko “Sweet Vibration” won her a Western Canada Music Award for the best UrbanAlbum of the Year, in Kelowna BC. Bahia was cast as Beneatha the self-confident but vulnerable 20-year-old student and most educated of the Younger family, in Lorraine Hansberry’s classic Ä raisin in the sun” which is currently being staged by Soulpepper Theatre Company at the Young Performing Arts Centre. The play whose title was taken from a line in one of Langston Hugh’s poems “Harlem“ 1951 “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” The play tells the story of a black family who lived in Chicago southside who wanted a better life. The family dynamics began when the Patriarch for the family died and accidentally and all his family had was the $10,000 insurance money to forge ahead with the dream. There were severe competing interests in how best to spend the money. Through their struggles, the three generation of black American family discover, love, dignity and courage to do the right thing in spite of the racial injustice they faced. It is a strong, seasoned cast. Directed by Weyni Mengesha, the play featured Alison Sealy Smith, Charles Officer,Abena Malika, Kofi Payton, BahiaWatson,AwaovieyiAgie, Barbara Barnes- Hopkins, Dion Johnstone, Matthew Kabwe, Diego Matamoros. The original cast featured Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee and has become a classic. It was the first play by black playwright to D’bi Young Storyteller Extraordinaire Mesmerizes Audience at FemFest Winnipeggers are Shining all over Canada GarfieldWilliams flanked by his brother (l) and good friend (r) Maiko Watson Lto r Charles Officer ( Walter, son),Abena Malika (Walter’s wife), Allison sealy Smith (Lena - Walter & Beneatha’s mother) Bahia Watson (Beneatha, Lena’s daughter) Cont’d on p13
  • 13. Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 13 Lynette Joseph Bani’s personal 12- year quest for answers about her ancestryhasculminatedintothebook JourneyofSlavery. Bani’s core research came from one of the oldest books on the planet - the Holy Bible. This book tells the story of a family thatbeganinancientMesopotamia about 5000 BCE, whose descendants are scattered to several nations, some of whom reside in theAmericas.TheBiblicalJourneyofSlaverytakesthe reader through thousands of years to show who were this familyandtheircurrentdilemmaofidentityintheWestern world.Membersofthisfamilyare referredtoasAfricansoftheDiaspora. Investigation on the characters of scripturewillleadtotheancientcities of Mesopotamia/Middle East, and revealthattheearlyBiblePatriarchs fromMesopotamia,manyoftheir descendants are found in remote villagesofAfricannationsandlinked toAfricans of theWestern Diaspora Lynette Joseph-Bani was born in Guyana South America, she migrated to Canada 1962. Sunday, December 12 at 1:00 p.m. – CBW Annual Kwanzaa Place: Wolseley Family Place,691 Wolseley Ave ( north side across from the Misericordia Health Centre) Phone: 788-8052 Traditional observances, food, fun and fellowship Children especially welcome Please call 775- 4378 before Dec. 1st, 2010, with your name and the number of people attending CBW2nd Annual CulturalAwareness Workshop Tuesday, February 22, 2011 ViscountGortHotel 1670 PortageAvenue,Winnipeg, MB 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 pm Fee: $60.00 or (students and seniors* $30) Lunchandrefreshments/breaksincluded Please register on or before January 30th, 2011, by emailingusat:cobw@mymts.net.Theworkshopisfor those who wish to understand Black culture. November 19 - 1:00 p.m. Open House of Men’s Re- source Centre - program of Laurel Centre 200-321 McDermotAvenue.You are also invited to celebrateInternationalMen’sDay. RSVP 415-6797. 2nd Floor Forks Market, Keeping you in the Mix be featured on Broadway, the first to be director by a black person and the first play that delved into the lives of Blacks during that era. With the current cast, the play is as fresh as they get and moves you all the way to a place deep inside. Congratulations to Garfield Williams, GRANDANALOG who for the second time in a row won a Western Canada Music Award for the best Rep/Hip Hop Album of the Year for Metropolis is Burning Journey of Slavery by Lynnette Joseph Baniph Baniph Baniph Baniph Bani Weyni Mengesha, Director - A Raisin in the SunBahia, Kofi, Maiko Beatrice with cast members of Raisin in the Sun
  • 14. 14 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 CARICOM Arts and Crafts Inc. held its 2nd Annual Fundraising Tea in September, 2010 at the Caribbean CulturalCentre.Theeventattractedafair numberofpeoplefromwithinandoutside oftheCaribbeancommunity. There were delicious goodies and snacks, entertainment and lots of networkingandfun. Jamaica Honorary Consul, Carmen Nembhard was the guestspeaker. She encouraged participants to continue to support events such as this. “I congratulate the players of Caricom Arts and Crafts Inc. in pursuing a very important goal. It is thegoaltorejuvenateandmaintaintheculturalbackground of all of us whether we’re from the Caribbean or not.To do thisrequiresprovidingateachingmediumforYouthandall the way up to the Elders to create various arts & crafts such as singing & dance, music, poetry in dialect form, knitting, c r o c h e t i n g , e m b r o i d e r y, basketry, doll m a k i n g , s k e t c h i n g , drawing,painting, j e w e l l e r y creations,baking,andequally,scholarshipsandothermeans ofofferingassistanceforeducationalopportunities.Andthen, there’s the underlying desire to get our youth to value their culturalheritage,theirrootswithallthe unique aspects of our background and upbringing.Wewantthemtoenjoyour great ethnic dishes without turning up their noses and then making a bee line offtotheGoldenArchestosatisfytheir appetites. “In short, Caricom Arts & Crafts wishes to overcome obstacles by providing opportunities to revive and refocusinterestintheculturalpartofour heritage regardless of whether we have roots in the Caribbean or not. “Let’sexpandourpresentcraftsandbakesaleuntilCaricom Arts & Crafts Inc. will become a household name that everyone knows and supports”. President of CaricomArts and Crafts, Mary Barzey said she hopes to ecourage more cultural engagement next year. ConstituencyOffice: 957 Main Street Phone: (204) 944-8379 Room 244 LegislativeBuilding Phone: (204) 945-4323 Residence phone: (204) 255-4325 George Hickes MLAforPointDouglas Mohamed Ismath, President, Folklorama pours tea Troy Osiname, Peter Koroma and Kwabena Osei-Bonsu Bake sale table Charming guests CARICON ARTS AND CRAFTS PROMOTES CARIBBEAN CULTURE
  • 15. Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 15 The style of commentary/editorial writing allows one a great range of license, and as I am not one much for research I do not aim to expose or isolate any person or thing, strive for accuracy, or believe that I am above a retraction if I have offended anyone. The mention of names is strictly for anecdotal purposes and I do not consider my articles to be an overall academic study of Winnipeg, the Caribbean culture within it, or am I giving personal credence to the theories I inject into those subjects: I am cursed or blessed, maybe, with a good memory, as particular as to the scent and touch of a summer afternoon if it had meant anything to me. I want to thank Beatrice Watson for granting me this opportunity, send my best wishes to Mrs. Lara Badmus for answering the call, and encourage all of you, once again, to activate subscriptions so that we may give volume to our voice: to the graduating and the mature, the new and the faithful, Global Eyes is a powerful recording of our history - so tune in and turn it up loud. As Fidel Castro once said of Marxism, ‘It was like being lost in the forest and finding a compass’, I think many of us should feel something similar toward this same publication. Lara is very generous to share from her wealth of experience, and I hope we can show her our unequivocal support. It raises an interesting question to me though, that when someone makes a conscious decision to do something that is in complement of this community, whether it is for the sake of serving or being of service to those members - why is it, generally, expected that they must do so freely, that they must not be ‘in it’ for personal gain, that they must be dogmatically aligned with the concepts of the selfless likes of Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela?; why should they, in turn, run with the pretense that they are not acting for the prominence and monetary advantages, that the road they are trying to commute is not a labour of the ‘job’ but a time-kill, rather an outcome that is so deeply desired that only its completion will bring them a true sense of satisfaction? Why can it not be a bit of both worlds, and be free from criticism? Is it too naive to believe that when we are honest enough about our intentions, we stand a better chance of success? I can only imagine how many friendships would have remained trusted and true, would not have led to failed marriages, estrangement and ill-fated partnerships; how many opportunities would have been fulfilled without the sacrifice of heart and home, had it not been for the beam in our neighbour’s eye - which even the tool of time has been unable to remove; how many functions could have met their financial target had they not been tempted, like fresh meat, to an angry siren, how few closets and jewellery boxes would have collected such layers of dust that, like tree rings, one could have made a good average of their age - had reproach and jealousy been more inhibitive and less exhibitive in our churches and socials? If we had learned a way to slow down the flashpoint of our tempers, to relax our accusatory finger, to squint our eyes but a little less on the cutting edge side, to flex our muscles in a less offensive mode! I know we have some people in this community who can keep their tongues coiled, and others who are as easy to set off as a trip switch. Bottom- line: if we are going to spend so much of our youth, our time, and our resources educating, re-educating, edifying, re- edifying, editing, re-editing and prostrating ourselves almost to a flaw, we should be allowed the freedom to earn as much. Our Black community has professionals in every kind of profession; they are the products of their own devices, but the benefit of all; they are the instruments of health and emancipation; so let us make it our duty, then, as a social entity that when they set themselves to perform, they are performing to our audience; that they do not have to strain to hear the sounds of our praises and applause; that they do not play merely to the heft of their own breath. We can give them that; we can empower them without powering down; we can let them have their private lives and the accruements of their toil; knowing that, for any time you hear the horn, they will be standing on guard for ‘we’. WARRIORS BEHIND THE TRUMPET - Neil Some of the participants who attended Leyroy was unsually prompt in picking up Zizi from Caribbean Spice. Her cousin Brenda teased him about keeping Canadian time when it suits him and when it doesn’t he resorts to Caribbean time which is usually about half hour to one hour late. cont’d on p16 ZIZI - the continuing saga Seniors Contributions Recognized Congrats to the followng seniors were recognized for their contribution to co munity development: JerrySampson,ElmaVictor,Inez Hayley,LouisIfill,SalomeScott Williams,CourtneyHoyte, VictoriaGraham,VashtiGreaves, GrasitaJones,NevilleDwyer, CharlesMalcolm,TitusPremdas, BrendaParker,EslynGlasgow, LeonardSampson,CybilBelton, JoePaul,CliffordAlexander, CoraSallyWilliamsandRostant RasRicoJohn.
  • 16. 16 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 Zizi was amused. She was grateful that Leyroy was early because she wanted to go over all her stuff for work, her first undercover assignment. She left money with Brenda to cover the cost of the lunch for the three of them including the take out for Leyroy. Zizi told Leyroy she would prefer to go home rather than the movies which they had planned to do because she was feeling a bit nervous and maybe talking it through with him might be more useful. He was happy to oblige. “What’s going on with you?” asked Leyroy “Nothing. I had a great time but I was nervous. I kept thinking about work. I am nervous like hell, afraid I would do something stupid and would be found out as soon as I open my mouth” “That’s a sure way to fail. You think it, it happens. You have to think like a winner. It’s all up there” he tapped her head. “Yeah, yeah I know that but it hard to stay focused” “Just keep trying to see yourself bowling over those drug heads. You have the advantage of being sober”, he grimaced “I believe in you Zizi. This is a job made for you. You are a natural detective girl, don’t you know that.” “Thanks” “Remember back home, who is it that always talked the fowl thief out of hiding or dead on right when a guy is cheating on his girl and with whom. You have a knack for these things. You used to always be spying on somebody, poking your nose where it doesn’t belong. That’s who you are Zi” Zizi laughed out loud. “You make me sound like a horrible person” “It came out that way? Sorry, didn’t mean that, wink, wink” Donned in a cut off tight fighting straight bottomed blue jeans, hair flayed all over her head like a bad hair day afro, Zizi sprinted out her apartment. She felt like a loser even though she was just acting. She headed for Portage place. She carefully placed a cigarette behind her ear and held it between the tip and groove. She has fake tattoos visibly of the macabre variety all over her arms. Looking tough and like someone on a mission, Zizi scoped out the place. She is conscious that she is being watched by a security guard but her job was not to make trouble, but to work within the rules and regulations of the mall. In the distance was Leyroy sitting by himself and sipping a cup of coffee. He had her back and Zizi felt her confidence surged. zizi cont’d from p15
  • 17. Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 17 The second Barbadian wave occurred towards the end of the nineteenth century, in the midst of a protracted and disastrousslumpinthesugarmarket,whenseveral men(mainlyblack)cametoSydney,NovaScotia, in the hope of finding jobs in the mines. Their descendants are still making contributions to the developmentofthatprovince,andoneofthem,the Hon Calvin Ruck, who died in 2004, was actually elevatedtothenationalsenateafteralifeofvigorous activism in the political and social fields.Athird Barbadian exodus to Canada took place after the outbreak of the FirstWorldWar when several white ones joined the Canadian army and became military officers. There was a fourth exodus, during the SecondWorld War, when many youngmenwantedtosupporttheAlliedeffortbyservingin the Canadian Armed Forces. Two examples that come readily to mind are FrederickAdams who remained in the armyafterthewarandbecameaChiefWarrantOfficerand Owen Rowe, who spent the rest of his life in Montreal persuadingthefederalauthoritiestorecognizeCanada’sdebt totheCaribbeansoldierswhohadfoughtsovaliantlyonbehalf oftheiradoptedcountry. But the Fifth Great Migration was by far the most importantofalloftheseBarbadianmovementsbothinterms of actual numbers and in terms of impact. It followed the liberalization of Canada’s immigration policies from 1955 onwards. Forthenexttwentyyears,hundredsofBarbadians immigrated to Canada, and it is useful to remember that several Caribbean activists, including such Barbadians as Donald Moore and Edsworth Searles, played no small part inpersuadingtheCanadiangovernmenttoreviseitsprevious programmewhichhadlimitedthenumberofimmigrantsfrom non-whiteCommonwealthcountries. In 1955, when Canada faced a severe shortage of domestics and nurses, the federal government agreed to a schemewhichallowedyoungwomenfromCommonwealth countries to come to work in the homes of the wealthy and to study in Canadian Schools of Nursing to fill these voids. Bytheearly1960s,asaresult,therewasagrowingnumber ofyoungBarbadianimmigrants,themajorityofthembased in such urban centres as Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.Thepeakofthisinfluxoccurredduringthe1970s whentheImmigrationLawswerefinallyrevised. Somany Barbadiansarrivedthattheyspilledoverinsuchothercities asCalgary,Edmonton,Hamilton,London(Ontario),Regina, SaskatoonandWinnipeg. TheBarbadianimmigrants,withtheirloveofanimated debate,democraticstructuresandAnglo-Saxonparliaments, gradually established a host ofAssociations, a dozen or so in Toronto alone. Two of them arose in London and Montreal and one each in Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton,VancouverandWinnipeg. Naturally,they agreedtoestablishanationalumbrella,theNCBAC, whichwasformalizedin1984. ItsAnnualConferences provideopportunitiesforthestrengthening ofsocial networks and its workshops yield invaluable informationonavarietyofimportantsubjects. Agreeing,inamomentofsingularweakness,tohelp the High Commission compile a directory of Barbadian- Canadian skills, I have come to understand more fully the magnitudeofourcontributiontothedevelopmentofCanada. Ihavediscoveredthatthereisnofieldordisciplineinwhich Canadian life has not profited from significant Barbadian input. Agroup of us is currently producing a book on this very subject. So far, we have ferreted out information on individualswhohaveservedCanadaanditsprovincesina remarkably wide range of professions and vocations, as variedasactuarialscience,banking,medicine,entomology, dietetics,bio-medicaltechnology,journalismandlaw. The number of Barbadian-Canadian doctors, nurses and teachers who are now working in this country is almost incredible. OurBiographicalDictionarywilleventuallyfeature suchvariedprofessionalsasanarchbishop,afilmcritic,an insurance executive, a metrologist, a swimming coach, an artistic director, numerous writers in many genres, four outstanding ice-hockey players of Barbadian extraction, a champion jockey who has established a host of records at the Woodbine Race Track in Ontario, a Commonwealth champion wrestler, a world champion bodybuilder, a Canadian checkers (draughts) champion, a Canadian champion decathlete, a number of cricketers who have representedtheirrespectiveprovincesaswellasCanadain internationalcompetitionandanaward-winningquilterof nomeandistinction. Of major significance here is the willingness of professionalsinalmosteverydisciplinetoparticipatemost actively in community service. This commitment to volunteerism is evident all across Canada. Most of the BarbadianAssociationshavebecomeinvolvedincharitable causeswhichoftenprovemorebeneficialtothewiderpublic thantotheBarbadiansthemselves.Countlessindividualsof Barbadianextractionhaverecentlybeenrecipientsofsundry awards, accolades and distinctions in recognition of their keendesiretosupportthedisadvantaged. Barbadianshave alsobeentraditionallyfamousfortheircommitmenttotheir The Story of Successful Barbadian Canadians (Part II) by Dr. Keith Sandiford cont’d on p20
  • 18. 18 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 I couldn’t believe meself de adda day when ah stood up to me frien an defended a battyman.We wus raised to mek fun and to dehumanize man to man relationship. No, in fact we pretend dat it is a white man ting and doesn’t happen at all wid be black people. Yeah we bury we egg in de san like de guana andtinknobadywouldknow. LivininCanadawhich embraceallkinddadifferenceandpromotinghumanrights anall,IfeelIentgatnorighttodiscriminateagainst nobady. De ting is if I want people to respect me and my blackness and me culture and everyting who am I to tek away somebody else’s rights.That ent right man. I am confidentinmeselfandlikePierreTrudeauwegatno bisness in people’s bedrooms. Well taking bout sex, what kind a man is our guyAlex Chapmanwhorefusesalilbitsom’ting?Backhomewe’d call him an aantyman.We tink a man neva back down fram free sex but dis guy Chapman is evolved, he andastanwhatusingandcrassingboundariesanall dat. Just because he is a goodlooking dude, he no pisa meat,hewuzhighlyoffendedandfeelingrealbadand mix up with dis sexual abuse. See we can have a change a hart, man we gat to evalve wid de times and respect. It’s like defending a person’s right to speak even if you don’t agree wid he.That’s intelligence man. In de ole days slapping woman’s behind at wuk or play was jus kiddin around try it in Canada and you can be up a creek witout a paddle. Women seh dey no pisa meat and demand respect and rights as a human being. Now we look at women like a dag who had he bone drag out he mout, watching crass eye but gat to humble heself.We can see nah touch and we gat to watch how we see, star a woman down and boy she gat you wid sexual initimidation.Justkeepyuheyesdownmanifyoucan’t look neutral.That’s jus de way it is dis side of de fence. It’s anotherWomen’s Rights Event. How many times a year we celebrate women’s rights. It’s time men start celebrating someting odda dan de numba a women de knack up an get away wit it. Gaffin wid Buddy Seeking Single Women Age 30 and over..... - are you experiencing relationship challenges? - are you ready for a life changing experience? - do you want to have the committed love relationship that you long for? Join Relationship and Life Coach, Delia Veronica Joseph, for this dynamic workshop that will help you: - increase self love and self esteem - gain additional insight and perspective - release barriers and blockages that show up in the form of toxic thoughts and people - recover from heartbreak - prepare yourself for soulmate love When: November 20, 2010 9am - 12noon Where: 302-1200 Portage Avenue Why: This is your life - register today! How: Contact Delia at deliajoseph@mts.net Cost: available to you for $87 or pre-pay by November 12 and receive a early bird rate of $67 ATTENTION
  • 19. Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 19 Congratulations to Adaoma Patterson, Poverty Reduction Specialist in Human Services, on her selection as one of 27 participants in the 2010 DiverseCity Fellowship program. The program is part of DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project, which aims to accelerate prosperity in the region by changing the face of leadership. Adaoma was selected because of her outstanding leadership skills, professional experience and city-building potential. She will participate in an intensive, one-year leadership program designed to help participants create and implement solutions to improve their communities. An initiative of the Toronto City Summit Alliance and Maytree Foundation, the Fellows are committed to developing into better leaders and practicing collective leadership to address issues critical to the future health and wealth of the Toronto region. “My colleagues in the 2010 Fellows program are extremely intelligent, passionate and committed individuals from the private, public and non-profit sectors. I am honoured to be part of such a dedicated group,” comments Adaoma. “Despite our differences of experiences, geography, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, I’m always learning how much we have in common. The program has challenged us to answer the question, how can we, in spite of differences, come together to make the GTA a better region.” “As part of our commitment to city building, we are working in teams to create projects that will have a lasting impact. My team’s project is Inspire, a program similar to Take Your Kids to Work Day but focusing on young people who have not participated because their parents are unemployed or in insecure employment. We are partnering with the Toronto Board of Trade, YMCA and several private and public sector organizations to create work experience and mentorship opportunities for a group of 10 -15 youth from marginalized and at- risk neighbourhoods in Peel Region and Toronto. This includes providing mentorship and internship/work experience and access to corporate and public sector leaders. Participants will attend five “Introduction to Careers” sessions at KPMG, Cisco Systems, the YMCA corporate office and a public sector organization. They will also participate in a mentorship, internship or work experience during the summer of 2011.” As a part of the Region’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee,Adaoma hopes to leverage the skills learned through the DiverseCity program, in her current role. “The program will provide me with new skills to help tackle complex issues such as poverty in our community and methods of collaborating successfully with our partners and other stakeholders,” said Adaoma. When asked what motivates her dedication to the DiverseCity program as well as volunteering in the community, Adaoma explains, “The driving factor is knowing I can help others to overcome obstacles and improve their lives.With this in mind, the time and effort spent are extremely rewarding.” Reflecting on the past year, Adaoma says, “I enjoy my work and love being involved in the community. I am blessed beyond measure and have opportunities that many in the world will never have.” Neil Pitamber And I remember every word you ever said Yeah, and I remember every word Just as clean as the lipstick you left smeared upon my lips Yeah, I remember every word of it As I spend another sleepless night in the drab again In the textured clasp of something near Redundant sheeted echoes Another shapeless night drags on and on again But I know the end is near And I remember every word you ever said Yeah, and I remember every word Justassparseastheskin-deepyouleftstaineduponmylips Yeah, I remember every word of it As I spend another helpless night in the drab again Inthelecherousclaspofsomethingnear Persistent rabid babble Another restless night drags on and on again But I know the end is near For I can hear it breathing Breathe Several seniors of Caribbean Heritage were honoured recently at the Council of Caribbean Organiza- tion’s 3rd Annual Seniors Appreciation and ScholarshipAwards banquet, which recognized the contributions seniors have made to the community life. The CCOM, GrenadianAssociation and Caricom Arts& Crafts, Barbados Association and Black Edu- cators Assoc. of MB. jointly presented scholarships to three university students - Trisha Davis, Rebecca Akong and Kelsey Howard. Mr. Clayton Stewart, Lawyer with Legal Aid Manitoba, was the guestspeaker. He encouraged youths to have a plan and to surround themselves with those who can help them achieve their goal. Kyra Geisbrecht , Caribbean dancers and two High- land dancers entertained the audience. Pix: Margaret Strachan, Mavis McLaren and Cherryln Thompson CCOM Honours Seniors and Youths cont’d on p22 FormerWinnipeggerShinesinToronto
  • 20. 20 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 Christianheritage. MostoftheoneswhoimmigratedtoCanada havejoinedalocalchurch,sunginitschoir,taughtitschildren in Sunday school and performed various other tasks in its support. And it is not only the Barbadian-Canadian community and public leaders who are subscribing to Canada’s growth and prosperity. There are literally hundreds of Bajan foot soldiers,workingasorderlies,nursingaidsandunitassistants doing as much as the doctors and registered nurses to make Canadianhospitalsrespectable. TherearealsodozensofBajan busdrivers,clerks,garmentworkers,policemen,seamstresses, securityguards,teachingassistantsandotherswhohavebeen toilingvaliantlyintheCanadianvineyard,albeitintheshadows ofCanadiansociology. Onlyoneconclusionispossible. Barbadianimmigrants andtheirCanadian-bornoffspringhavemadeanincalculable contribution to the development of modern Canada. Without thisenormousinput,Canadawouldhavebeenmuchthepoorer. Barbadiansathomeandaroundtheworldcantakemuchpride intheperformanceoftheirunofficialambassadorsinthiscountry. Barbadian cont’d from p16 Haveyoueverheardofstringtheory?Theopeningargument oflevelthreestringtheoryallegesthat,foreverychoicewe make an alternative reality, or bubble, breaks away, created to express the other choice - suggesting that there are worlds outtheretofacilitateeveryimaginableoutcome,every imaginable‘you’. Itdoesn’tsoundtoocatholic,Iknow,butitis possibleapparently,andwehaveasituationherewithinourown smallcavityofCanadiansubculturethatresemblesandexhibits thatspecificactionsomuch,thatitseemstosubstantiatethe claimofthistheory. AreyouhereforACAMorforJAM?Doyouspeakon behalfofGCOorGAM?Doyourepresenttheinterestsof the T&TSocietyortheIndo-Caribbean?Doyoulendyoursupport toBajanNightorAnEveningofAhWeKindAhFoodorthe GrenadianAnnualBanquet?DoyouserveontheDominican board?DoyouofferyourvoicetoCCOMorWiccom? It is no secret that every one of these tributaries of citizenry trickles back to a single source much like string theory, yet no one can say what has caused their evolution. I am reminded of a quote by Samuel Johnson, ‘Worth seeing?Yes; but not worth going to see’. I think this is how many of us feel when weheartheword‘unity’. ThoughtheMightySparrowfinally conceded that federating may not have been the solution to ourdisunitysinceonlyacommittedfewattemptedto shepherd the idea across the Caribbean Sea, we don’t know that it would not have worked. I can also dispel any doubt, too,thatouryouthhavelittleinterestinrearingacombined culturalmovement. If IamwrongthenCommunityVibes, Inc.,The Black History Month Committee, andAKidAt HeartFoundationwillallhavetakentheirplacesinarally, where the relay will probably be abandoned before the batons have exchanged hands. Caribbean Shield also remains non-partisan - it does beg the question, though, where we would separate our allegiances. Well, if the Caribbean was an Ocean liner, every lifeboatmightrepresentanislandandthinkingofthatsongby Gypsy, ‘Captain, the ship is sinking, Captain, the seas are rough, we gas tank almost empty, no electricity, we oil pressure reading low - do we abandon ship? Or do we stay on it?And perish slow, we don’t know, we don’t know, Captain you tell we what to do...’, I might just have to tip my headtotheindividuallegaciesofWadeWilliams,Winston Johnson,KamtaSingh,JohnnyIrving,LennoxHenry,Ray Victor,VereHarvey,DennisCupid,FitzroySmith,Marsden Edwards and Beatrice Watson; for where June Jordan has written, ‘It is a shame that this country has done its least for those who have loved it the most,’ I will replace the word ‘country’ with the word ‘culture’; to one who knows that oil- down and pepperpot and metagee and waters of every kind A CALL FOR PEACE - Neil continued on p22
  • 21. Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 21 Note: The following article is not legal or professional advice. “TABULARASA”, THE BLANK SLATE THESIS: The month of October in Canada is significant - it is women’s history month! Many countries in the world have set aside a month each year for this very purpose; in the U.S.A. it is the month of March, while the Indian version of the event is also celebrated in October. An obvious reason for Canada’s choice of October as the month in which to celebrate women seems to be the landmark “Persons Case” decided by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council on October 18, 1929. For those unfamiliar with this case, it stemmed from a controversy way back in the early 1920’s about the eligibility of women for senatorial candidacy. The Supreme Court of Canada had ruled that women could not be appointed to the Senate for the sole reason that they did not qualify as “persons” for such appointments. This decision was appealed by five brave women from the prairies, and won at the Judicial Committee. The case, without a doubt, set in motion subsequent processes for empowering women to participate actively in all aspects of public life in Canada. Acommon theme that runs through all women’s history month celebrations world wide is that it is a time to highlight and celebrate the contributions of women to significant events in society, both past and present. Now to the focus of today’s discussion, which unfortunately is not about women’s historical or contemporary achievements, but about my pre-occupation over the past couple of weeks with a Latin phrase. The phrase is tabula rasa, which in English means ‘blank slate’. What led to my musings over this phrase were some recent chats I had been having with my husband, BJ, mostly at dinner time, as this is the only time we get to unwind and recount the events of the day. These chats normally revolve around our experiences and those of others engaged in navigating the “twists and turns” of the Canadian career landscape. One day after a round of such chats, tabula rasa came to mind, followed by an inaudible question I asked myself, which is “to what extent must qualified minorities literally have their previous work experience and skills “wiped out” before they can be properly aligned with their employer’s expectations”? This question was quickly followed by a series of other questions, such as “must they literally become blank slates or tabula rasas”? Many more questions followed, and I will get to them later on. I must say upfront that I don’t claim to have the answers to these questions, and wonder that there are any clear answers to the questions. For those unfamiliar with the phrase, tabula rasa is the thesis that individuals are born without built-in mental content and that their knowledge comes from experience and perception. I first heard of this phrase some years ago when I was in a political philosophy class. To the best of my recollection, the political science professor was teaching about John Locke’s philosophical theories on empiricism, which in philosophy, is a theory of knowledge that asserts that knowledge arises from evidence gathered through sense or sensory experience. Put simply, Locke’s main thesis is that the mind of a newborn is a white page and that all ideas are developed from experience. Relating this thesis to my musings, other questions that came to mind were “is it therefore necessary for qualified minorities (the category of persons referred to as qualified minorities in this article are educated newcomers to Canada and Canadians from minority ethnic and cultural backgrounds) to become blank slates in the sense of obliterating any knowledge, skills or other distinctive characteristics they possess in order to fit into the order of things?” Yet another question was “is it reasonably necessary for their identity, and observable cultures or beliefs to be repressed or totally changed for them to be effective employees, capable of doing very good work?” A theme that ran through the March 2010 edition of the National, the official magazine of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) was the case for diversity. On the cover of the magazine was the pretty photo of a female Toronto lawyer adorned in a colourful hijab, by the name of Zainab Somji. Ms Somji is an associate in the Toronto Firm of Egan LLP (Egan), and according to her there are few hijabs among the power suits in Toronto’s bustling financial district. I would say I haven’t seen any hijabs among the power suits in Winnipeg’s financial or commercial districts, but that is not to say they are non-existent, but could be an extreme rarity. Reading through the magazine, I noted that one of the other lawyers at Egan, also from a minority cultural background says that when he joined the profession at a Firm in Winnipeg about ten years ago, lawyers from minority backgrounds were expected to assimilate into a routine and culture dictated by the way large firms worked. If such expectations were not met, one could not get connected to co-workers or partners and as a result experience feelings of isolation in the work place. About two years ago, shortly after I came to Canada, an age-old friend, a foreign trained lawyer, was sharing some of her experiences with me. She had schooled and lived for about ten years in the U.K. and had two masters’ degrees from the U.K. in addition to her law degree prior to arriving in Canada about seven years ago. She said that after coming into Canada and getting her foreign credentials accredited, getting continued from p22
  • 22. 22 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 employed still proved to be a herculean task. She would get called for several interviews, and sometimes go through to the final interview stage but still was unable to get a job. She vividly recounted one occasion when she had scaled through to the final stage of interviews for a position. At that stage, there were only two candidates left in the competition, and they were taken to lunch by the would-be employers. To her disappointment, the lunch meeting would be the last contact with the Firm-they never got back to her after that. The questions that came to my mind after she ended her story were – “did she lose the position to the other equally qualified candidate from a majority cultural/Canadian background on the basis of failing somehow on the ratings for Canadian social and cultural etiquette”? “How broad is the definition of soft skills in the Canada, in relation to one’s employment- both in the context of securing the employment and retaining same?” Back to the Egan story in the National, the view expressed by a Partner in the Firm encapsulates some of my feelings on these questions, which is that the key thing is getting the very best people and creating an environment where they can do their very best work. And I couldn’t agree more with the equally refreshing opinion of the immediate past president of the CBA (who was the president at the time) Kevin Carroll, Q.C. It was his opinion, and I quote, that, “...if the legal profession is going to continue to thrive in the decades ahead, we need engaged, motivated professionals to lead the way. We need to tap the full potential of all our members to meet the challenges ahead. And that means expanding the parameters of conventional practice to incorporate the needs of people of diverse backgrounds. It’s good business, good practice, and it’s the right thing to do.” In line with the observations of the learned Q.C. (though his views were directed at the legal profession, I believe that the case for diversity is in relation to all professions or endeavours in Canada), the Thursday October 14, 2010 edition of the Globe and Mail contains a very interesting piece titled “Immigrants drive innovation, new study finds”. The article discusses the findings of the Conference Board of Canada based on a study done by the Board which quantifies the ways immigrants are currently making Canada a more innovative country. It cites a couple of successful immigrants who have made land mark developments in Canada, for example, Mike Lazardis, who was said to come into Canada from Turkey and who today is the founder of Research In Motion, the company that created and manufactures the BlackBerry. The study notes that Canada lagged behind other developed countries in terms of productivity and innovation, and concludes that the foreign- born population with their diverse knowledge and experience could help turn things around. However, it was also noted that many newcomers are thwarted from becoming innovators in the economy, whether from lack of recognition of international experience,orunderutilizationoftheirskills.Thearticleconcludes with the statement that by next year, all of Canada’s net labour force growth is expected to come from immigration. The concluding part of this article will be in the next issue of global eyes – stay tuned. Lara Badmus works part-time as a Human Rights Officer with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission and is a part-time Law Associate with the Firm of Rocky Kravetsky. all boil down with the same heat; to one who knows that colour of our blood is fiery red and not East Indian or Black or Oriental orAmerindian; to one who knows that our language is love and not Latin or French or Dutch or Portuguese; to one who knows that our music is reggae and calypso and soca and chutney and steel pan, with their own originsandamythologythatbelongstoallofus;thatcricket andfootball,dominoesandall-foursarenotourinheritance, butsomeofourgreatestcontributions;alongwiththemwillI secure myself to the main deck. Neil - continued from p20 Pictorial of CCOM’s Seniors Appreciation Seniors recognized Participants Mr.ClaytonStewart, guestspeaker Highland dancers Kyra Giesbrecht ScholarshipWinners DubPoet Hon. Flor Marcelino Tabula Rasa cont’d from p21 Congrats to Kelsey Howard and Trisha Davis and Rebecca Akong (not in picture) (Cont’d from p19)
  • 23. Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 23 Theotherdaymyparentsandmysisterpaidmyfamilyavisit. Thateveningweputdownapotofcurriedchickenwithpotato served with basmati rice worthy of the Iron Chef My mother and my wife got to talking about meals back home.Whileeveryhouseholdburnedadifferentpot,theywere all seasoned with a bit of love, a bit of vegetable and a bit of poverty. The Caribbean soil was nutrient rich, and not just a witches brew of potassium, potash and nitrogen (thank you to David Blake for mentoring me on this fact), the Caribbean garden was alive with herbs and ground provisions, waiting to be harvested; Grenadian nutmeg and allspice pimento were the savouryoftheGodsandthesheep’seyeofEuropeans;Antiguan pineapplehadnocomparison;andaboveallelsefowl,livestock, lamb and goat were grain-fed, free-range but out of the range of most budgets. Sundays, my mother tells me, were corned mutton or beef dinners,withchickpeasandroti;mywifesaystheyusedtoget curried potato and gravy, and the chicken was served to the adults only. I remember a friend of mine from Bloomfield, Berbice, Guyana once told me his parents and his six siblings would work through a duck in one sitting. I asked Ravi how manytheywouldhavetocooktosatisfythefamily;helaughed and squinted his eye when he said, ‘One! Two or three pieces toaman,apotspoonofriceandplentysurwa!’ Soundsfunny now,butIunderstandwhywelovefish,wildmeat,cow’smilk and fresh greens so much - they were plentiful, inexpensive if notfree,andweremainlyatthecostofprocuringthemyourself. It did not take much of a sacrifice for Hindus and Rastafarians to bevegetariansinkeepingwiththeirreligiousdictate. My grandfather used to minister to a small Presbyterian congregation on Saturdays in his back yard. They always preparedenoughfoodforeveryonetoeat. Cane,Harricane orAdeken, as he was called, was the kind of a man who treasured an inch of parchment if only a line of scripture bledfromit;Ithinkhehonestlybelievedinthe‘loafandthe self-replenishingbasketoffish. My father used to tell me about a time when fried egg and rice or salt, rice and a touch of oil were respectable cuisines.Theyreliedon thelandthatgave greenmangoes and water coconuts. They never starved. Wewereordinarypeople,livingordinarylives...’,andwe were happy; we had no use forVitamin D tablets when we had the Caribbean sun; or Vitamin C tablets when he had orangeandgrapefruit;didnotneedSanjayGuptaorDeepak Chopra to tell us that noni fruit, soursop, aloes, red kidney beans, peppermint tea and wood root of every description were some of the best health foods in the world. We did nothavetoseekhoneyfromabottlewhenwe wereenjoying it from the honeycomb itself; did not need soya, oyster or Worcestershire sauce when we hadAmerindian cassareep and Chinese sauce. Indeed, we were the gentle God-fearing settlers of flambeau country, not a recalcitrant minority that used to chasebackthosepost-independencecolonialistmosquitoes fromGuyanaPowerandLighttotown,tellingthemto‘Keep allyuh shirking and bag a gas, we already a use sugar cane fi make bagasse!’. No sir, lobster and steak sounds great, butwillalwayscomeasadistantsecondtocornbread,fried fish and bake. Nigeria Canada Community Organization of Manitoba Celebrates Nigerian Independence Sam Grande presents plaque to Lorraine Polet for Employment Projects of Winnipeg another staff member looks on There can be no Anniversary without a cake Down Memory Lane- - Neil Pitamber
  • 24. 24 Global Eyes Magazine October 2010 Celebrating FLOR MARCELINO MLA FOR WELLINGTON 788-0800 wellington.constit@shaw.ca DAVE CHOMIAK MLA FOR KILDONAN 334-5060 kildonanmla@mts.net PETER BJORNSON MLA FOR GIMLI 642-4977 gimlimla@mts.net DIANE MCGIFFORD MLA FOR LORD ROBERTS 452-4320 dianemc@mts.net MOHINDER SARAN MLA FOR THE MAPLES 632-7933 themaples@mts.net CHRIS MELNICK MLA FOR RIEL 253-5162 christinemelnick@mts.net DOUG MARTINDALE MLA FOR BURROWS 589-3769 skypilot@mts.net JENNIFER HOWARD MLA FOR FORT ROUGE 946-0272 fortrouge@mts.net Women’s History & Contributions

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