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Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016, packed with information that's lively and fresh about Winnipeg and surrounding communities of African/Caribbean as well as alternative news about what people are doing in the Nonprofit sector

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  1. 1. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016 1 gggggloballoballoballoballobal eeeeeyyyyyesesesesesManitobaAfrican and Caribbean Quarterly Magazine 3rd QUARTER October 2016 Red Carpet Style for Guyana’s Jubilee celebrations
  2. 2. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016 2 Reflection Black Lives Matter campaign around the world has generated mixed reactions from the informed and uninformed and those who do not nor care to be informed. Some have even suggested that ‘the campaign is inciting violence. Of course all lives matter. Some privileged folks appear to suggest a dog‘s life matter more than a human life. In the USA Black lives have historically never equalled to white lives and this ideology continues today. Fortunately social media and new technology have made it easy for people to record and transmit what they see including police brutality against Blacks. Hence the overwhelming statistics of the flippant ways black lives are disposed on by some police. This ought to concern everyone with a sense of justice. Today it is black folks and tomorrow it might be another group. ‘No one is free until we all are free‘ said Harriet Tubman and therefore there can be no justice until there is justice for everyone. Judges in the US have been sentenced to jail for selling mostly black bodies (prisoners) to a privatized jail system for millions. These incidents do not occur in a vacuum there is a context – a racialized, imperialised and patriarchal system that places blacks at the bottom of the societal totempole. White folks who perpetuate this system rightly feel they can get away with these injustices with impunity. This is modern day slavery and lynching. As the Iconic musician Prince stated in lyrics in one of his songs “I was born on a slave plantation, in the United States of the red, white and blue, and we live in a place now, that feels just about like a plantation, we’re all indentured servants, you know.” This is the effect of the persistence of racism within institutions and the structural make up ofAmerican society that teaches Black Lives do Not Matter. Last summer young black men and women in Winnipeg, under the leadership ofAlexa Potashnik University ofWinnipeg student organized solidarity Black Lives Matter marches. It was heartening to see a cross section of the community out in support. All lives matter and black lives should not matter less. Alexa Potashnik, lead organizer BLACK LIVES MATTER
  3. 3. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016 3 Subscribe Today Name:_________________________________________________________ Address:________________________________________________ Postal Code_______________ Phone:_______________________ Email address:_______________________ Support Global Eyes Magazine if you think we’re doing a good job. Subscription: $15.00 per year for 4 issues. Mail cheque/Money Order to: Global Eyes Magazine (GEM) 671 Rathgar Avenue, Winnipeg, MB., R3L 1G6 Global Eyes is an independent quarterly publication devoted to promoting cultural awareness of theAfrican and Caribbean communities of Manitoba and highlighting the issues and concerns of these communities. It also aims at promoting cultural diversity and appreciation. It features articles ranging from the achievements of local, national and international personalities and general information that is of interest to theAfrican/Caribbean Diaspora. It offers editorials withAfrican/Caribbean sensibilities and letters to the editor. The Magazine is produced under a volunteer editorial committee that assists with proof-reading, publicity and distribution. IN THIS ISSUE Reflection p2 Editorial p4 Guyana’s Jubilee p5 Refugees p6 Regulars: p7 Creative Expressions p9 Winnipeg City Par Excellence p10 Winnipeg City of Multiculturalism p11 Community Jazz p12 Multicultural Tea p13 Editorial Commentary p15 Community Connection p16 Healthwise p18 Leg-up p19 Much more More Red Carpet Photos Stacey Felix, President of Guyana Cultural Organization and her husband Colleen Hayley, past President of GCO Rhonda and hubby with sister Nadia
  4. 4. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016 4 Editorial - Take One Guyana’s 50th Jubilee independence anniversary gave the entire Guyanese community an opportunity for fellowship and finding common ground and working together to promote the culture they love. The community through the 50th Jubilee IndependenceAnniversary Committee, chaired by Dr. Sandra Sukhan brought the Indo-based GuyaneseAssociation of Manitoba andAfro-based Guyanese Cultural organizations together to deliver a series of events throughout the year that celebrated all Guyanese. Each of these events proved successful and drew a number of participants from both racial groups. Except for political differences a topic one would not hear in a mixed gathering of Guyanese, these two groups got along splendidly on various other levels. Guyanese in the homeland celebrate great friendships across ethnic lines. They see neighbours as family and many Guyanese have neighbours of a different ethnic background and no problem. Most Guyanese celebrate all of the religious holidays of their compatriots - Phagwah, Christmas, Eid, and Easter. They attend each other’s weddings, birthdays, funerals and other cultural events. When it comes to politics most Guyanese still vote with their race and that does not many anyone right or wrong. According to various research people hardwired o trust those with similar values and who look like them. This sharing of mutual cultural events for this year has been a healthy one for the Winnipeg Guyanese community, it brought out the best in everyone and especially setting a good example for the younger generation. While politics and religions can be divisive, our common humanity, thing we share in common – food, language, shared customs, national holidays, dance, music can bridge differences. This did not happen in a vacuum, it took work. Credit goes to the dynamic Guyanese honorary consul who appears to have the knack for building bridges and smoothing out differences. Bravo to all Guyanese for the efforts you have shown to make this possible. Mike Pagtakhan and his wife at the Guyanese 50thAnniversary Gala banquet at the Canad Inns, Polo Park. These Guyanese show their pride during the the flag raising ceremony at the Winnipeg City Hall.
  5. 5. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016 5 The Guyanese community and friends in Winnipeg were treated to a Red Carpet Gala celebration of Guyana’s jubilee anniversary of Independence at the Canada Inns in Polo Park in May this year. Organized by the Guyana Jubilee Committee chaired by Dr. Sandra Sukhan, Guyana Consul in Winnipeg, the event attracted a record number of people to this sold out event of more than 500 participants Guest speaker, Guyana Ambassador to Canada Her Excellency Clarissa Riehl presented a message of hope urging Guyanese to consider how they can use their expertise to help build a better Guyana. Accompanied by Ms Marsha Caddett, Guyana’s Counsellor, she said the government is willing to help people relocate. However relocating permanently is an option but there are many ways one can contribute to the Guyana’s development. It can be from returning in the summer months, to sponsoring Guyanese scholars overseas to be trained in needed skills, it can be helping to organize community development projects in partnership with local communities, the government is open for business. Awards were given to the oldest Guyanese living inWinnipeg including. Mr. Richard Bristol, Mrs. Chitrawati (Tara) Dabee, Mrs. Doris Kitt and Mr. Ragonnath Sukhan The event was the talk of the town for quite some time as Guyanese felt the pride and privilege of calling this small English speaking SouthAmerican country steeped in Caribbean culture their home. “It was nice that we came together to celebrate” Indo and Afro Guyanese were saying which harkens back to the days when Guyanese people viewed their neighbours as family and can bun a gaff and laugh at tall tales together. Everyone was in their Sunday best and was photographed by eminent Guyanese photographer Corey Parsons. Dr. Sukhan thanked her Committee members, MohamedAli, Shondell Babb, Dorothy Barrett, Stacy Felix, Kim Greaves, Colleen Haley, Bebi James, Winston Johnson, Dave Persaud, Claudette Roberts and Robin Sukhan and admitted that it took many hours of volunteer work to pull off this event at such a high level. The Guyanese Manager at Canad Inns left nothing unturned to deliver the best for this occasion and he was thanked profusely by the organizers. Guyanese Red Carpet JubileeAniversary Celebrations L to R The Garett Family, Mrs. Dorothy Kitt accompanied by her granddaughter, Mr. Richard Bristol, Mr. Rod Sukhan and Joan Lloyd flanked by two handsome Guyanese men. Top: H.C. Clarissa Riehl, Dr. Sandra Sukhan, Ms Marsha Cadett. Ms Kavita Mulchand and Stacy Felix
  6. 6. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016 6 GLOBAL EYES MAGAZINE Editor: Beatrice Watson Distributed to local businesses, and in Winnipeg and via email to individuals in Manitoba and former Manitobans in various parts of the world. To receive Global Eyes by mail please send a cheque for $15.00 to: Global Eyes Magazine 671 RathgarAvenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L1G6 Phone: 204-477-1588 globaleyesmagazine@gmail.com All contents are (c) 2014 and may not be reprinted without the express or written consent of the author or Editor. Refugees and Immigrants share their stories The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Passages Canada recently sponsored a storytelling event at the Museum giving a platform for three refugees to share their stories. Their stories were interspersed with video presentations of refugees around the world. Well attended there were representations form the community, government officials and schools. The Panellists were: Journalist and human rights activist Maysoun Darweesh, newcomer settlement worker Jaime Chinchilla and University of Winnipeg student Hazim Ismail and moderator was Dr. Régine King of the University of Manitoba. Kamta Roy Singh owner of four Tim Hortons Restaurants gave a message of hope by sharing his experience. He came with $26, 27 years ago. Passages Canada is a national storytelling program of Historica Canada that invites newcomers and established Canadians to share their personal experiences of identity, heritage, and immigration with groups of all ages. Passages Canada is generously funded by TD Bank Group and the Government of Canada. l to r Hazim Ismail, Dr. Regine, King, Jaime Chinchilla & Maysoun Darweesh R - Kamta R Singh Dark Ages Racism still burning in people souls, We all bleed same colour, All same inside, Human race one race 2015 we still haven’t learn, Treat women as maids Women more power as one, Without us been no humans Different colour, different faith, We all still believe in one God, If we love with our hearts, Not hate with our thoughts. SamanthaDuncan B Watson with MHRC Banner and information, Norma Walker, Dr. Ertrice Eddy at Torch of Dignity event
  7. 7. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016 7 Briefs On July 23rd, 2016 Manitobans for Human Rights Inc. (MHRI)`made Winnipeg one of ten cities around the world to host the first annual Torch of Dignity Relay to spread the message of human rights and human dignity. Valerie Thompson, President of The MHRI said the organization was very excited to bring the Winnipeg Human Rights community together and to greatly increase human rights awareness and understanding not only in Winnipeg but also throughout other parts of the world. The Torch of dignity coincided with the Olympics games though they were not connected. Several community organizations elected to have a torch bearer to take the torch a step of the way to its final destination atAssiniboine Park where there were entertainment, information booths including the MHRC booth and speeches by notable individuals like Justice now senator Murray Sinclair who gave a Coles note version of the residential school system and its impact on First Nations people. He reinforced the idea of education needed to change hearts and renewed a call to makeAboriginal history mandatory in our institutions of learning. The MHRI is guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. “We are a very hard working volunteer based organization, and are very pleased to have the good advice and guidance of Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, Stuart Murray and other excellent people as members of our Board of Directors.” She added that Manitobans for Human Rights is a non- profit, non-partisanAssociation that has two goals in mind. According to Thompson the organization’s two broad goals are to promote Human Rights learning throughout the Province of Manitoba, and secondly to work towards the goal of having Winnipeg designated as a Human Rights City Congratulations to the first Black Female Superintendent of Police Guyanese born, Ingrid Berkeley- Brown became the first Black female police officer to rise to the rank of Superintendent of Police in Canada. In June she became Superintendent of Peel Region in Ontario.As commander at 21 Division in Brampton, her current responsibilities include directing the daily operation of the division, made up of about 300 personnel, civilian and sworn. She works in collaboration with two inspectors. Manitoba’s female trailblazer law enforcement officers took the stage for Women’s History Month at the Legislature to be recognized for their contribution to police work in Winnipeg and for breaking barriers for other women to follow. Sponsored by the Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council three panellists agreed that the most challenging aspect to ther job was accessible childcare especially when they had to work a 20 hour shift. Thanks to Beth Ulrich, Executive Director of the Manitoba Women`sAdvisory Council for organizing a fabulous event with treats of fried and baked bannock with unadulterated berry jams. Nadia Kidwa of the CBC Manitoba was the panel moderator. Senator Murray Sinclair, MHRI volunteers, Torch of Dignity final stop at Assiniboine Park Dr. Ramona Goodmansingh,MC, Patrol Sergeant Shelly Glover – Winnipeg Police Service. Constable Kerri McKee – Royal Canadian Mounted PoliceConstable Shanna Bird – Brandon Police Service - the three panellists. Women`s History Month Celebrations at the Legislature
  8. 8. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016 8 Global Counsellor Dear Globalcounselor, I am a black man and I am very sensitive to black women but I want a white girlfriend. I have it in my head that white girls are more fun even though I know that is not true. I feel that if I have a white girlfriend, I would be more respected and people will accept me and even get a better chance in life. I don’t feel that black girls will do that for me. I also feel that black girls are not as cool as white girls and I know deep down that is all baloney but I can’t get over this thinking. Sometimes I feel so depressed just thinking about it but I cannot get the idea out of my head that black girls may be fun, but I should marry a white girl and give my children with her a better shot at life. This racism is killing me and I don’t know how to make these thoughts get out of my head and to see girls for who they are and not look at these superficial things like colour and hair. How do I know that I love my white girlfriend because of who she is as a human being and not because of the colour of her skin and the texture of her hair. Please help me. I am ashamed to talk about this to anyone black or white because I feel like such a loser. Confused. Dear Confused, Okay, don’t be so hard on yourself. You have identified your problem which is internalized racism or oppression and that is when racialized people believe and adopt the stereotypes imposed upon them which tells them they are inferior to whites. This is being told to racialized people especially black women in so many ways – their hair, needs to straightened, their skin needs to be lighter and they need to be thin and flat bottomed. This is not who a black woman is and will never be no matter how much make up or hair extensions they use. The media and other institutions – the state for instance all support this idea of beauty and superiority and you are caught in it. How do you get out of this kind of thinking, this belief. It takes work and courage and a desire to change the way you look at things, because when you do, the things you look at change. That’s a fact. I cringe when I hear people calling for the “good” old days? Those good old days were good for whom? This is the Golden age. There is more freedom, democracy and human rights, there is more equity and diversity everywhere; you can attend school and have access to university education. Pregnant women can work. Men can be single parents. Anyone can travel in a plane if they have a ticket. Those good old days were for the privileged few but for the majority of us black or poor folks it was mostly a living hell. There were no good old days for anyone but with privilege. I was having lunch with an Irish friend recently and she said she’s got a story for me. She asked if I knew that Irish people were shipped as slaves to the Caribbean solely to interbreed withAfrican slaves to produce “mulatto” children. Really? I was surprised. We joked about fair skinned people in the Caribbean not being progenies of slave owners but of Irish and black slaves. I did some research and there is plenty of information about “white slaves.” According to Wikipedia, Irish prisoners were sold as slaves to the New World by a proclamation in 1625 of King James I. By 1652 there were over 300,000 Irish male slaves in the Caribbean and since the men could not take their wives the British found a nifty solution to the problem by auctioning them off on the market. There is reference in these records that the more expensive African slaves were treated better than their Irish counterpart. The settlers began to breed Irish women and girls with African men to produce lighterskinslavesforsaleatahigherprice. This practice lasted for several decades before it was abolished in 1681. I am sure this has left its mark on the Irish people. However, Irish today fare a lot better than Blacks because the colour of our skin always gives us away. For us the struggle for acceptance and equality still continues. But we must remember we do not have a monopoly on injustice. Lovemom Regulars: My dear children, Letter to my Children
  9. 9. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016 9 CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS APRINCESS STORY So we’ve come to sleigh The round bellied dragon In the land of whispers Over mountains of solid clouds And trails lined with coniferous And we eat away dehydrated fish And we roast anything with devils’ horns And dry their tendons for rawhide And sew up their hides to keep us warm We bathe our bodies under waterfalls Slighshot from cliffs where peregrine glide And bait our breaths in awe of squalls From a land slide we’ll just narrowly avoid... Digital red numbers in the sky Tell us how long we’ve left to die I don’t know what’s meant to happen But as long as I’m with you I could care less about those dragons... (I’ve got my eyes on that wooden bridge With a little love and good brokerage We may have something here...) (for annie) AUTUMN DRIFT There is no ‘go’ in goal-setting Nothing long without the terms No ‘soul’ in desolation Everyday is just a re-write of The previously learned... I enviously grudge what others earn I peversely covet A good moral standing Yeah, I need a change of slogan I could use logo re-branding Methusala’s rings are sitting just Under my eyes And Medusa tends to her garden Trim stony petals And here upon my ceiling Content has me hypnotized A private universe of dust And chalky stucco It’s not pathetic fallacy It’s really just the fall of ‘me’ The Fall OfAll I See... Poems by Neil Pitamber Gaffin wid Buddy Lats to talk about. Tap on the list is the love-in dat’s going on between GCO and GAM. Tanks to the glue Sandra Sukhan who is mekking it happen. Let’s see wha guh happen next year. Man leh we be fair, everbady want powa and de aint enough powa to goh round wid wan arganization. Isn’t dat mek the Carribbean pavilion come about. Small Islands wasn’t getting in de limelight so de create an folklorama pavilion to put dem powa hungry bannas in like to shake hands wid dignitaries and to pretend de got strings to get dese people free food and so an. GAM and GCO are fine de way de are, dey can choose to come togeda and choose to do de own ting. We gatta respect differences. Jus because de colonials kept us together bound in oppression doesn’t mean we are de same people. Black people have no roots in de Caribbean – de know de come from Africa and dat’s bout it. De Indians got de religion, de food, de language and de know wheh de come from. De do tings differently and dat’s okay. It’s nat like it was any different in Guyana. It was de same but da na mek we did not respect wan anada. We doan have to be de same man, difference is good an we have to see it in a good way. Doan get yuh knickers all tangled up come next year an tings go back do de old ways. In Canada, we are encouraged to celebrate owa unique ways. And dat’s just de way it is man. They came,we gave they took bodies indank darkships days in a daze rolledintonights danced in a maze Across the oceans To foreign shoes Shores with doors Door of no return Return no more Doorsslammedshut strappedinstupor tied in strait jacket no room for racket Don’t look back Look ahead dark reveals more dark lockedinshipshold When our eyes locked the abyss intowhichwefell centuriesupon centuries we looked ahead And you say hell is somewhere out there It is here. Welivedit Stilllivingit Powered with ashes of our charred existence they stick to our bodies for all to scorn even we scorn We look ahead always skinregenerate intonewpolishedtones windowsarecrackingopen into narrow doors we squeeze in where we can We have to Faced with the Door of No Return We are now here with you. Our Journey to this LandOur Journey to this LandOur Journey to this LandOur Journey to this LandOur Journey to this Land (C) 2005 BAW
  10. 10. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016 10 Winnipeg is a City par excellence said Rt. Honourable Adrienne Clarkson and “Room forAll” a new book she was promoting at the West End Cultural Centre, will resonate with you. The former Governor General of Canada said, to come from a country where your context is taken away and have to start all over again is a challenge for some 250, 000 immigrants/refugees who come to Canada each year.. “We’re a kind of a special country in the world. We’re not likeAmericans. We understand them more than they understand us. About 80% of the people who come here each year become Canadian citizens. It is important for us to realize that we are different from the Europeans and Americans. Europeans do not choose their immigrants to become immigrants we choose based upon this criteria. Europeans go to countries and North America in order to find people who will occupy their low paying jobs. The immigrants in these countries have no rights and cannot vote. That’s how the Europeans like it. They’re talking about using people on assembly lines not people to build themselves. “We want our immigrants to be part of Canada to participate. Wilfred Laurier’s speech in 1905 and in 1848 Louis La Fontaine welcomed people from every part of the globe to Canada`` she said added they knew we needed immigrants in order to thrive. History is made up of individual stories and everybody’s story is different.`` “I am always interested in people’s stories. When you hear individual stories then you get to know people. All the different people who come and live here make up this beautiful prism.`` We are capable of change and that’s what makes us an interesting country. We have democracy, justice, freedom of expression, freedom of association. Citizenship in European countries is looked upon as a socially based territorial based right. “We’re Canadians now. I do not believe there are certain cultures who want to stick to their own kind. This will only happen if they are excluded.`` “No one comes here with nothing. They come here with everything. You have to be able to accommodate to what is”Adrienne Clarkson In Ontario you have to join a lottery to get into a French Immersion school, because people want advantages. “We are all human beings and none of us is more equal or more human than others. There is an evolutionary pull to save the race.” The most important thing people say they like about Canada is freedom. “We save total strangers. We believe in the humanity of others.” Most people who come here, came for a better life, they come from nothing. Canada is a place of hope, a place to regroup your dreams after the trauma and despair we leave behind. You can continue you can make your life that someone believed that you did not deserve to have she said. Canada is not perfect, however good it is, and admitted there is systemic and other discriminations people face. However, a country cannot legislate the heart of darkness in people but a good society, however, makes it unacceptable to express itself in an uncivilized manner. “Do not pull up the ladder after you get on the life board. Never blame people for their circumstance.Always give them the benefit of the doubt,`` she urged the audience When we come, we want to give our children everything they need to make them successful, to make them big shots. Often parents think the best thing is to send their children to private school paying $30,000 a year thus undermining the public school system. “I am willing to pay my taxes for public institutions. It’s part of being Canadian i.e. to keep up the values. Public education is nourished by public school teachers who look at our children as whole people.” Winnipeg is a City parExcellence “Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day.” —Author Unknown
  11. 11. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016 11 Beside mosquitoes’ overabundance in summer, the wicked wind chill in winter; the first thing that struck me upon coming to Winnipeg was its diversity.As a newcomer, I was blessed by its inhabitants’ generosity. I noticed as well that people work joyfully hard to promote their culture to the larger community.According to Cambridge dictionary, Multiculturalism “is the belief that different cultures within a society should all be given importance.” That is definitively the case in Winnipeg. For instance, the Festival du voyageur taught me about the French settlers in Canada. I contemplated breathtaking ice sculptures, wonderful artifacts, souvenirs and historical portraits, too. I enjoyed visiting the Gibraltar Fort. I also tasted the delicious poutine and the maple syrup candy, which are traditional recipes from Quebec (French Canada). I definitively had a good time. Numerous children were thrilled with funny winter activities. Inside huge white tents, many concerts entertained a cosmopolite crowd. Summer’s festivities performed almost every day.As you could guess Folklorama was my favorite. With the Caribbean pavilion, I toured superb islands - Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana - I ate the yummy roti and I admired the amazing lingo. Obviously, Winnipeg is the best setting to become an open-minded person. Unfortunately, I was a victim of a racial slur few months ago. This incident shocked me deeply. Winnipeg’s dark side frightened me. Recollection of my daily life in Paris (France). The “romantic” city that furiously rejects its cosmopolite heritage. There, racial discrimination inhibits potentials causing death of sweet dreams. Qualified, colourful people like me, leave “the city of love” for a better future. Paris is not so romantic after all! Its hypocrisy can’t hide anymore. The arrogant Eiffel Tower lost its prestige. But I still have hope for a bright future. That one day, Paris will embrace, with an open arm and tearful eyes, all its kaleidoscopic children. In a nutshell, meeting new people, discovering foreign traditions; testing exotic food and admiring bright clothing, were such a rewarding experience. Multiculturalism is definitively the heartbeat of Winnipeg’s communities. Follow me on my blog http:// benebralive.blogspot.ca/ and https://twitter.com/BenebrouCa. Bénédicte Brou Winnipeg - City of Multiculturalism In the cozy office of Success Skills Centre in Downtown Winnipeg three bright and courageous young women shared their thoughts about many issues on various topics on human rights, war, violence against women. They spoke with conviction and determination to make a difference wherever they are. The information/ discussion group was jointly sponsored by MATCH and Success Skills Centre. There were about 20 sea- soned activists and young women in attendance. This was an intimate gathering where the young women could let their hair down and speak from their hearts. Moderated by Joan Butcher, the question and answer session was lively and interesting. Thanks to Helen Whettles, MATCH Chairperson and her Com- mittee for making this possible. Nuala Nazarko, MATCH Fundraiser, provided a brief back- ground information about MATCH`s work around the work helping to empower women. Human Rights defenders from Iran, Columbia, Burma and Syria Joan Butcher Nuala Nazarko Some members of the audience Young Human Rights Activists Share their Passion
  12. 12. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016 12 In-home child caregiver needed for private home in Wpg, MB, for boys 15 yrs. old & 10 yrs. old. Two yr. contract, F/T @ 12.25 p/ hr, for care/supervision, cooking, light hskpg, and laundry. Needs high school, exc. English, min. six months exp. Shona lang. an asset. Two wks. vac p/yr & 2 days off p/wk. Optional accommodation available at no charge on a live-in basis. Note: This is NOT a condition of employment. Send resume to : doraveronica@yahoo.ca You can reply here or you can call me at 204 944 7911 Dora Job Immigration LegalAssistant to: TeruelA. Carrasco, LL.B. Barrister and Solicitor ImmigrationLaw McRoberts Law Office LLP 200-1630 Ness Avenue Winnipeg, MB Canada R3J 3X1 WANTED CHILD CAREGIVER It was “belly hut” laugh at the Caribbean Comedy show held at the Caribbean Cultural Centre on where Trinidad born Marc Trinidad and Lorial Todd dished out some laugh out loud eruptions. Trinidad’s jokes were Caribbean based starting with his white exterior and black interior, he joked about Jamaican’s unique enunciation of e.g. ave you any eineken beer from olland…meh heye bad. He was very funny Local “girl” Lorial, who has been around the Caribbean community for a long time also had some, and came out as a Comedian with her debut stand up event also had a few Caribbean jokes, wanting to know when she would get her Caribbean ID to get breaks at events. She was awesome, a bit nervous at the first but that is expected but once she picked up speed she was rocking. Guyanese attending Guyana’s 50th Red Carpet Event Congress of Black Woment’s sponsored fashion show at it’sAnnual banquet. These youngwomen strutted their stuff in style and class. Hurla Garrett And daughter Olney came home to Winnipeg for the big 50 of Guyanese independence anniver- sary looking as fabulous as ever. Here she is with fellow Guyanese Jagat James. Community Jazz Proud Guyanese at Wpg City Council`s Flag-raising ceremony.
  13. 13. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016 13 Ismaila Alfa, emcee, Multicultural Tea Festival sponsored by the Islamic Social Services Agency at Franco Manitoban Cultural Centre. The third annual Multicultural Tea Festival sponsored by the Islamic Association of Manitoba, Inc. did not disappoint but lived up to the excite- ment of drinking tea from various cultures around the world and sam- People walking around sampling teas and goodies. Ethiopian tea ceremony above. Children posing for pictures pling their goodies in an atmospher of friendship, excitment and just plain fun. Enter the Franco Manitoban Cultural Centre where the event was held, and like you’re entering the world where vibrant colours, scents and smiling faces wash over you like warm water on a cold day. It has the feel of entering a Morrocan bazaar where everything is for the taklng. For a $10 entrance feel one could literally eat as much as you want and everyone is so eager to share their offerings with you. It is a tremendously fun multicultural event that you might not want to miss next year. Multicultural Tea Festival a Big Hit Fisher Branch & Sisler High School students at the Passages event at CMHRMs Yaye gave away copies of her books to everyone at the banquet
  14. 14. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016 14 Even in the culture of the internet, the daily newspaper is still very popular and almost no one misses the 6:00 pm news. It would be fair to say that we start and end the day with the news. This should emphasize how much the media dominates our lives. There was a time when the reporter and the newscaster were important in getting the news out and they could be relied upon. Those days are sadly behind us. Today we are inundated with “Social Media” on the one hand and corporate media on the other. Social Media is described by Wickipedia as “Computer-mediated technologies that allow individuals, companies etc. to view, create and share information, ideas, career interests and other forms of expression......” Corporate media looks out for the needs of “the corporation.” The smart phone, together with organizations like Facebook, Google andYoutube, bring events that would normally not be seen by the public to us virally in real time. Because of the hold that the media has on our lives, it is very easy for us to be controlled. Facebook recently admitted to manipulating the newsfeeds of millions of its users to influence the turnout of the 2012 presidential elections. There can be no doubt about the power of the media. Anyone can be made or destroyed by the media and examples can be found everywhere, especially in politics. Whether inAmerica, Canada or on the world scene, the media is so manipulative that we seldom know whether we are coming or going, yet we try to never miss broadcasts on our favourite network. Today the media is still rife with theories of what happened from the Kennedy assignation to 9/11. The media can bury damning information about one candidate while overplaying trivial information about another candidate, and the public is none the wiser. Despite what we say or think, the media, impotent though it is, is still the most popular way to disseminate information and reach millions. One can only imagine why so many accuse them of being in the pockets of unscrupulous businessmen and politicians, both of whom trample on the small man and use greed as a way of life. So Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States of America and there are many people who are upset by the democratic process and feel Trump should not have won. Many also feel neither Hilary Clinton nor Donald Trump are Presidential material. While I can understand why Donald Trump may be ill equipped for the most powerful job in the world, I am still hard pressed to know why Hilary Clinton is not fit. She has been in Public Service long enough to make mistakes. She has held many powerful positions and had to make difficult decisions which in hindsight many not have been the best but we do what we have to do with the information we have at the time. Whatever the mistakes may have been I believe she had the best interest of the American people at heart. My gut feeling in all this is the continuing misogyny and sexism that plagueAmericans at every level of the society. Women are just not seen as equal to men. Patriarchy is alive and guess what the biggest issue about this election for the Christians was? To limit women’s control of their bodies, to make it illegal for women to have abortions. Women have gone too far and need reigning in and Donald Trump, the guy who boasts about taking his liberties with women with impunity because he is rich and powerful, is the man to do that. So notwithstanding the issue of his connection with the KKK, the Nationalist Party and the ideology of makingAmerican WhiteAgain, he is still seen as the better Candidate, notwithstanding the fact that he may have never held a public office, has no experience of the inner workings of government notwithstanding all of that he is elected. What’s the message – this is a man’s job and the glass ceiling must remain intact. The systems of government and economic are broken and are being patched up to function. It is bound to give way; how far more can capitalism take us. It is a problem when there is more money floating around than gold to support it. What an illusion. The new commanding voice for this age “Baha’u’llah said clearly that unless discrimination is abolished and the equality of men and women are accepted and implemented fully, as species we will not realize the dream of success, we will not climb the heights of possibilities that is available to us when we act as one people. Our President Donald Trump is the man at the helm and that’s the way it’s going to be for the next 4 years at least. Many might be praying for him to fail but that would be foolish. It’s like the AfricanAmerican guy said in his Facebook page, we have to pray for Donald Trump to succeed because we are all in this together. He likened it to flying in a plane and hoping for the plane to crash. With that kind of optic, we’d Victor Vaughn Reflects on the Media Aftermath of the United States Elections cont’d from p15
  15. 15. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016 15 In Global Eyes Magazine Summer IssueVictorVaughn introduced Dr. Sebi. Alfredo Bowman, aka Dr. Sebi creator ofAfrican bio-mineral balance and with applied knowledge in botany and horticulture was Honduran. In his 30’s he faced health issues e.g. mental illness, obesity, diabetes and impotence which conventional medicine could not cure but stumbled upon a Mexican herbalist who cured him and shared a non-traditional path to healing with food and herbs. His healing experience changed his life’s trajectory from a steam engineer to an herbalist, a path that took him all over the world and especially to Africa. He taught folks to avoid GMO foods and hybrid varieties. His life was about educating people on how to be healthy. Dr. Sebi had criticized the traditional medical model for not curing anything while he has claimed to cure diseases such as AIDS, diabetes, cancer, sick-cell anemia through theAfrican bio-mineral balance which although based on the african gene structure is effective with Caucasian and Mexican populations as well who have benefitted from cures for lupus, diseases of the central nervous system and diabetes. Dr. Sebi’s foundational theory is that disease can only develop and thrive in an acidic environment hence his focus on natural plants which is alkaline based in all of his bio-mineral balance compounds. “We have been conditioned to ingest so-call foods that create an acidic environment in the body...”These foods include corn, wheat, rice, beans, potatoes, millet, cassava, palm oil, carrots, hogs, goats, lambs, cows, chickens, eggs, dairy products etc. Of Black people be wrote “we are so far removed from what our genetic constitution requires to be nutritionally sound, it is remarkable we have survived through the generations.We have no idea what our ancestors ate before coming of the European colonial. Starch, milk, animal flesh and hybrid plants have never been part of our indigenous diet because these artificial toxic substances are incompatible with our genetic constitution. Father of 13, including an 8 years daughter, Dr. Sebi was purportedly jailed in Mexico on money laundering charges in June and died of pneumoniainAugust. Update: The Honduran govern- ment has recently cleared Dr. Sebi of money laundering. Unfortu- nately, he is one of the mysterious deaths of people who try to en- lighten the world about the state of our food in the hands of capitalists. all better pray that he succeeds. The people have spoken and they have that right and in a democracy we respect that right but beyond that, we have to be philosophical about this get out our Christian, Buddhist, NewAge, Hindu Islamic, Baha’i hearts and send love to the new administration. Love is the only vibration that can save this planet. There is no other way. Love is the way. Dr. Sebi’s work and legacy - Part I Election Aftermath cont’d from p14 Leonard Cohen has left us a body of work to enjoy and even though his physical body has detached from his spirit, he will live on in our hearts through his soul stirring music for generations to come.Atruly Canadian success story. One of my favourites is Hallelujah and Suzanne. His songs are so ordinary and simple yet with depth and clarity. Truly an artist. Leonard Cohen winged his flight to new worlds “Anything God made is on the Alkaline side. Why? Because the molecular structure is complete.Anything man made has to use starch. Starch is a binder..” Dr. Sebi
  16. 16. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016 16 Winnipeg is a dynamic, bustling community bursting at the seam with diversity and multiculturalism promotion in all areas of community life3. The African/Caribbean community is rocking. There is never a dull moment. NICCOM’s mini Folklore in June and Canada Day picnic, were well attended and introduced many cultural groups to the community, there was free Wolof rice and chicken at both events plus roast corn and other Nigerian delights at the picnic atAssiniboine Park. The GuyaneseAssociation of Manitoba’s (GAM) annual picnic at Crescent Park brought the two large cultural groups of Guyanese in Manitoba – The Indo and Afro Guyanese to celebrate and compete in the duck curry GAM’s annual competition. In spite of the rainy day it was a fun event. A lot of whining up and sharing of Guyanese humour and foods including Dahl and rice, roti and the duck curry. In addition there several summer picnics sponsored by various cultural organizations that invite members of the public to participate in their annual picnic and other activities. Community Connections Thanks to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeggers were treated to a free viewing of Ninth Floor, a film produced by Trinidadian born Selwyn Jacobs, class mate of Joan Lloyd past President of the Congress of Black Women. The film is an important part of Black History in Canada. Set in the late 60s it speaks about the biggest student uprising in Canada’s history that erupted at Sir George William University now known as Concordia. Faced with unresponsive university management to institutional racism the students took matters into their own hands. It did not end very well. Mr. Jacobs was present at the screening at the CMHR which was fol- lowed by a Question and an- swer period. If you have not seen this film, watch it on Netflix or wher- ever it is avail- able. It is worth your time. Later Mr. Jacobs joined Ms Lloyd and some Congress of Black Women`s mem- bers for dinner at the Forks. Ninth Floor Producer Selwyn Jacobs Visits Winnipeg Indigenous Hoop Dancer at the NICCOM Mini Folklorama and Nigerian Traditional dance Jennifer Altemeyer one of the loyal volunteers at West Broadway community garden, is a project close to her heart. Even though she is alone on this day, there are many others who volunteer their time to keep the garden going. However there are those who would rather see the plot used for more condos or other housing units. Jennifer said that spaces such as these are signs of a healthy community. She said the garden is also a habitat for birds and other small animals in the area. That it is very important. West Broadway Community Garden Mr. & Mrs. Joseph at CBW Gala
  17. 17. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016 17 Congratulations to the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Association of Winnipeg Inc. which had the twin celebration of the 37thAnniversary of Independence of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the 40th birthday of the Association in Winnipeg. A special message from the Consul General of SVG, Fitzgerald Huggins was read. John Jack gave a brief history of the heyday of the Association and said it was the go to organization for the other cultural associations that were being formed after. However these days, bickering amongst community members and lack of unity are hampering progress but they hope to fix that soon and return theAssociation to its glory days. Held at the Truth and Life Worship Centre, a church service was followed by free food and drinks. There was also singing and drumming and special guests Reverend and Mrs. Phillis, two pillars of the community who were recognized with an Award of service for their invaluable contribu- tions. St. Vincent Celebrates TwinAnniversary Top - John Jack Founding President of the St. Vincent and Grenadines Association. Pastor and Mrs. Jackie Phills who received the outstanding service award. Ms Margaret Lewis-John with the drum singing led the audience in some folk and gospel music. Participants at the CBW Government House Reception Kim Hamilton, Benedicte Brou and Jackie St. Hill having a good time at the CBW gala banquet
  18. 18. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016 18 Ingredients 1 14-ounce can coconut milk ½ of a 14-ounce can coconut cream (or ½ cup coconut milk or coconut yogurt) 1 cup raw cashews (soaked) · 3 t raw pecans (and as many other pecans asdesiredfortopping) ¼ cup maple syrup 1tturmeric 1 t cinnamon ½tgroundginger · ¼ t cardamom Instructions Soak cashews in a bowl of water overnight(oruntilsoggy—aminimumof2 hours). · Once the cashews are ready, layer a standard meatloaf pan with parchment paper, allowing the ends to hang over the sides. Place in the freezer while preparing the ice cream. · Drain cashews, and add them to a blenderorfoodprocessor—alongwithallthe otheringredients. · Process on high until pecans and cashews are broken down and everything is fullycombined. · Remove the prepared pan from the freezer, and pour the ice cream mixture into the pan. · Place in the freezer overnight to harden. Be sure to place the pan on a flat surface, so it hardens evenly. · The next day, remove from the freezer. · Top with more pecans, and serve! · · Drain cashews, and add them to a blenderorfoodprocessor—alongwithallthe otheringredients. · Process on high until pecans and cashews are broken down and everything is fullycombined. · Remove the prepared pan from the freezer, and pour the ice cream mixture into the pan. Raw Strawberry Cashew Tarts Makes 4 mini tarts Crusts: 1 cup of raw almonds 1/2 cup of coconut flakes 2 tbsp of coconut oil 1/2 cup of pitted dates 1 tbsp of water 1 tsp of cinnamon Filling: 2 cups of soaked raw cashews 1/3 cup of almond milk or more if needed 1 tsp of vanilla powder 2 tbsp of coconut oil 1/3 rice malt syrup 2 cups of strawberries 1. Mix all the base ingredients together in a food processor. Add more water if needed 2. Press the base in your tart moulds and place in the freezer. 3. Mix the filling ingredients together starting with the cashews first on their own. 4. Add more almond milk or strawberries if needed. 5.Add the filling and place in the freezer or fridge to set. By @healthyfrenchwife HEALTHWISE Croissant Pudding 6 Old stale croissant, sliced or cut into pieces 4 Eggs ½ Tsp vanilla or orange or lemon extract ½ Cup sugar 1 Cup heavy cream 35% 1 Cup milk 10 Dried apricots sliced 2 Tbsp sliced or slivered almonds Grease 9x13" baking dish with butter. Slice or cut up the croissants and layer in the greased baking dish. Spread the dried apricots and sliced almonds on top of croissants. Beat eggs with vanilla/or extract if using, add sugar, cream and milk. Pour over the croissants and let it stand for about 10 minutes to soak in the mixture. Heat oven to 350F; bake croissants for 25 minutes until it is crisp & light brown. Remove from oven; let it stand for a few minutes. Serve warm with tea or coffee, delicious and simple Recipe by: Tahra K. Elias (Wpg) Ingredients 2 large bananas, barely ripe Lime or lemon juice Batter Vegetable oil for deep frying Sugar for tossing Batter 2 oz flour ¼ tsp salt 1 egg ¼ pt milk ¼ tsp baking powder Preparation Batter Sieve the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. ·Make a well in the centre, break the egg and add it to the flour. Add a small quantity of milk and stir. Continue adding the milk gradually, stirring all the while, until all the milk is added and the batter is of a smooth consistency. Beat for about 5 minutes, cover and set aside. Fritters Peel and slice the bananas diagonally into ¼ inch pieces. Coat thoroughly with batter. Heat the oil and fry the coated banana pieces until golden brown. Drain and sprinkle with lemon juice. Toss in sugar and serve hot. Banana Fritters Cashew Nut IceCream
  19. 19. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016 19 Leg Up The Honourable Janice C. Filmon Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba earlier this year sponsored a reception in commemoration of the Congress of Black Women 35th anniversary. With some 100 participants including past presidents and their partners, friends and members of the Congress had a great time. The event was marked by a power-point history presentation of the Congress, and presentation of 35th anniversary plaques to all past and current presidents. It was an uplifting event and Congress pride shone through its work and contributions to Winnipeg community with its various programs and services. Three deserving young women received post-secondary scholarship awards which were presented at the Congress of Black Women‘s Scholarship Awards Gala Banquet at the Canad Inns Polo Park. President-elect Tatenda Bwawa, Scholarship Committee chair praised the young women for their excellence and volunteer track record which were a couple of the main criteria that led to their success. Among the highlights of the evening was the vivavious guestspeaker, award-winning Harlequin romance novelist, Pamela Yaye who grew up in Winnipeg but now lives in Alberta. Her message was to believe in yourself. If she had listened to naysayers she would not have been where she is today. Scholarship Winners: Ms. Amina Amoo, Mrs. Atem Helen Mbingwai and Caroline Pires.Above Dr. Lois Stewart Archer, Mrs Betty Shields and Joan Lloyd Tatenda Bwawa, Presi- dent Elect and chair of the Scholarship Commit- tee Congress of Black Women Ms Yaye receiving a gift from CBW Her Honour, Janice Filmon and Hon. Gary Filmon CBW Reception hosts with guard
  20. 20. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016 20 Imagine running for freedom in lands so strange, barely knows the language, culture or people you will meet but you took off from Somalia head to Ethiopia then to Brazil, head down to Mexico crossed the American border, jailed and detained with the threat of being deported to the hell you left; what do you do. You pick your bundle and take off to Toronto Canada. You‘ve come too far to surrender. You come to a river, you‘re scared of crocodiles but at this point being a crocodile‘s food was a chance you‘re willing to take for freedom and safety. So Yayha Samatar, Somali refugee swam the Red River one early morning shedding all his clothing and back pack to ensure success and he arrived on the shores at Emerson.covered in mud. Keynote speaker at Manitoba Association fo Rights and Liberties (MARL) second annual Gala wine and cheese, ‘First person I saw was a guy at a hotel. I asked him where I was‘ The guy told him and phoned for the border staff to come and take him over there.. ``I felt like I was home in Somalia. These people were so nice to me. They all cried when they saw me especially one lady who could not stop crying. I was given everything I needed including a Border Patrol uniform to wear, coffee, breakfast and even a little nap.`` ``I told them home I was heading for Toronto. It was the only place I knew in Canada. I never heard of Winnipeg` Yahya said he was placed in the hands of a Refugee agency staff from Winnipeg who provided him with shoes clothes etc. and gave him a $5 calling card to let his family know he is safe. The rest of this story is history. Yahya has a job working with refugee people, his application for refugee status successful and now he is trying to get his family to the safe land of Winnipeg Canada. He has also since learned that he is a father of a son whom he is eager to see. Yahya said he could not thank the people of Manitoba and everyone who has shown him kindness. He no longer wants to go to Toronto. Friendly Manitoba is his home for now. Yahya Samatar’s Incredible Journey to Freedom Congress of Black Women`s 35th Anniversary Awards Reception at Government House L to R Norma Walker, Lisa Hackett, Joan Lloyd, Dr. June James, Antloinette Zloty, Dr. Lois Stewart-Archer and Daphne Howard. Dr. Beryle Jones, Kathy Huggin and Val Fraser were not in atten- dance Some of the participants who attended the event Michelle Falk, MARL Executive Director
  21. 21. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016 21 Winnipeggers gathered at the Memorial Park on August 6, 2016 to remember the lives lost in Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombings in1945An estimated 130 000 people were killed onAugust 6, 1945 when nuclear bomb “little boy” was dropped on Hiroshima, followed by a second attack on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945 when another 70,000 people were killed by the bomb nicknamed “Fat man”. Following that victims who were not immediately killed died from radiation related diseases such as cancers, birth defects, cataracts etc. Winnipeg is one of 7114 cities in 161 countries that belongs to Mayors for Peace organization that is dedicated to work towards nuclear disarmament. Making lanterns for peace has been a Winnipeg tradition for many years as a symbol of its commitment to peace and freedom from nuclear terror. Sponsored by several organization including the NationalAssociation of Japanese Canadians, participants are invited to design lanterns representing their thoughts and ideas of peace and global concerns. A cross section of the community and representatives from various cultural and rights- based organizations participated in the event. Lantern for Peace Circles For Reconciliation AllaroundthecityofWinnipeg thereareCirclesofReconciliation conversations are taking place. The aim of Circles For Reconciliationistoestablishtrusting, meaningfulrelationshipsbetween IndigenousandNon-Indigenouspeoples as part of the 94 Calls toAction from the TruthandReconciliationCommission. The means to achieve this will be theestablishmentofsmallgrassroots gatheringsofIndigenousandNon- Indigenouspeoplesindiscussioncircles. Eachgroupwillmeetweeklyor biweekly for ten gatherings. The participantswillsitincircle,providing greateropportunitiesforconsensusand respectfuloftraditionalIndigenous values and customs. Themes are being developedforthegatherings. The vision is to establish 100 circles over a two year period. There is no cost to participate, only a common interest in working toward truth and reconciliationandequalityofopportunity forIndigenouspeople.OurGuiding Principles for these circles are for the dignityandkindnessforall. Individualsaswellasschools, collegesanduniversities,faithgroups, corporations, service clubs and others are invited to participate.For further information on how you can become involved, please email: info@circlesforreconciliation.ca Circles for Reconcilia- tion Facilitation training session Winnipeg’s FolkArts Council and the folksy community were pleased to learn that Folklorama Festival, the largest festival of its kind in North America, was named a finalist in this year’s Canadian Tourism Award in the category of Event of the Year. The results will be announced on November 30th in Gatineau Quebec. According to information stated in the FolkArts Council’s press release, Folklorama is one of the few festival s that actively market to tour operators to both coordinate and promote their visits. Fingers crossed. Folklorama made the Finals
  22. 22. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016 22 In the midst of life there is death to remind us that we are not here forever and some day it will be our turn. The Community came together to grieve the loss of Sidney Roberts and to offer support to his family most of all his children grandchildren and Siblings. Fron the Eulogy by his daughter Pauline and the various tributes from family and friends, Sidney appeared to have lived a full and God-fearing life. His family came first and he loved his grandchildren. ****** EdwinArcher originally from Guyana winged his flight recently leaving to mourn his daughters,Ann Deuwarder, Donna Humphrey and MarciaArcher and many grandchildren including Mellisa, Samantha and Naiomi plus many others in Guyana. May his soul rest in peace. **** There was a large turnout for The Nigeria Canada Congress of Manitoba, Inc’s. (NICCOM) Nigeria’s 56th independence anniversary celebrations at the South Holiday Inn where NICCOM members, representative of community organizations, friends and local politicians gave up a part of their Sunday to share in this event. The celebration was marked with a fashion show, cutting of the birthday cake and presentation of a community and scholarship a Lola Farinloye, a barrister who does volunteer work in the community received the community award. City Councillor of South Winnipeg- St. Norbert presented the award to Ms NICCOM Celebrates Nigeria’s 56th Independence Anniversary Farinloye. She thanked the organization for its good work in the community and its multicultural promotion. She also expressed gratitude for the friends she made in the Nigerian community and their friendly nature. Pastor Deborah Olukojo presented the scholarship to the studentAdaugo Ukwuegbu, who was taken by complete surprise after Pastor Deborah joked that she had to bring her to the event under false pretense. There were representatives from the Yoruba, Ebo, Hausa and Urhobo (Niger region) modelling their tribal traditional clothes. It was an enjoyable evening and NICCOM President, Dr. Sunday Olukojo, thanked everyone for their participation. Condolences/Passages Janice Lukes, Councillor St. Norbert-South St. Vital presents award to Ms Farinloye, Dr. Olukojo, President looks on Dr. D. Olukojo comforts the surprised Ms Ukwuegbu scholarship award recipient Dr. Lois- Stewart Archer had the honour cutting the birthday cake
  23. 23. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016 23 FirstAnnual Black History Month Committe Family Picnic Jacqueline Sumter and Kevin Garski Nadia Thompson & Newcomer to Winnipeg from Jamaica Mavis McLaren & Pastor Calvert Layne Jr. The Black History Month Committee (BHC) of Winnipeg has lived up to its promise of extending Black History Month activity throughout the year. The family fun day and Bar B Q was one of them. St. Vital Park was the Bar B Q venue and many community people took advantage of the beautiful weather and enjoyed a great event of food, games and camaraderie. What made the event so much sweeter is the kindness of a stranger – Kevin Garski, who saw the Committee’s advertisement of the event in the local papers and called offering to loan them his professional Barbecue equipment for free. Garski, a professional chef, said he just wanted to help. The Barbeque made a big difference in getting food in the mouths of people in an efficient manner. He is the Chef at Pollock’s Bank Note Cafetaria and loves cooking. Garski spent the day and met a lot of new friends and now is an honorary member of the Caribbean community. The event was well organized, there were games for children, lots of food and someone brought sweet freshly picked apples from their tree to share. The event drew celebrity host Bubba who had fun playing with the children. Thanks to Pastor Layne and Mavis for doing a great job barbecuing the hotdogs including vegetarian hot dogs and hamburgers
  24. 24. Global Eyes Magazine Fall 2016 24 Lucy & Josh Cummings GAM (GuyanaAssociation of Manitoba) Annual Duck Curry Competition Winners Second place First Place Third place Party Time at GAM Picnic Dr. Sukhan doing the traiditional Indian danc- Red carpet parade of fashion Anne & Samantha, Mr & Mrs Elbers, Mr. & Mrs. Sampson Mr. Dabee & friends, Ms Parsons and Wendy Hernandez

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