The Ontario Liberal Party Caucus hosted a Black History Month Reception at Queen's Park on Tuesday, February 16, and the Ontario Historical Society was invited to attend. Members of Provincial Parliament from other parties were also in attendance, as well as members and executives from a wide variety of community groups and heritage organizations. Several cabinet members were on-hand, including the Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, Michael Coteau, who was recently appointed Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism in addition to his current portfolio.
The Ontario Black History Society's (OBHS) Annual Black History Month Kick-off Brunch on Sunday January 31 was a huge success. The event was sold-out in advance to the tune of 600 tickets.
The afternoon was full of inspiring speakers, including a keynote address from the Hon. Dr. Jean Augustine, who received the Mary Matilda Winslow Award for Advocacy in Public Education. Other speakers included Kevin R. Junor, the first Black Regimental Sergeant for the Toronto Scottish Regiment of the Canadian Armed forces; Toronto Mayor, John Tory; Ontario NDP Leader, Andrea Horwath; and Dr. Akua Benjamin of Ryerson University.
Congratulations to OHS Bulletin columnists Barry Penhale and Jane Gibson
We are very pleased to announce that long-time OHS member and volunteer, John Rae, has recently received the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act’s (AODA) 10th Anniversary Champion Award. This one-time award recognizes outstanding individuals who demonstrate leadership, passion, and commitment in the promotion of accessibility and inclusiveness in their community. Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam presented John with his award during a ceremony in the Members Lounge of City Council on November 26, 2015.