DRPS partnered with the Region of Durham and the Canadian Jamaican Club of Durham for a celebration launch of Black History Month at Regional Headquarters on January 29, 2018. The event featured a series of speakers and attendees enjoyed an International Fair on the lower level, featuring displays from local businesses and vendors and some delicious food.
Among the speakers was DRPS Chief Paul Martin who indicated how proud he was to work with all partners to celebrate the collective commitment to diversity in Durham Region. "Black History Month is a celebration and reminder of the many contributions black citizens have made here in Durham Region and beyond," he said. "As a police service we are committed to continue working with our communities on diversity issues."
Omar Wisdom, Durham President of the Canadian Jamaican Club said actions speak louder than words, and thanked DRPS and Chief Martin for ongoing work in the area of diversity both internally and outside the organization.
The keynote speaker at this year's launch was Pickering resident Alvin B. Brown. Alvin is an author, speaker, educator, and an integrated peak performance consultant and advisor to entrepreneurs, athletes, and those who wish to perform at higher levels in their lives.
Alvin is the CEO and Founder of "The Centre for Healing and Peak Performance," a multidisciplinary health and wellness centre that opened in Pickering before expanding to a second location in Toronto. He is also the author of "Journey to Personal Greatness - Mind, Body and Soul: A Blueprint for Life Balance and Self-Mastery," available at all major bookstores. Find out more about Alvin and his team at http://www.thecentreforhealingandpeakperformance.com/
He spoke to attendees about overcoming adversary in his own life and how it's always possible to change your situation if you can envision it. He said that Black History Month not only celebrates members of the black community, but celebrates all of us having the freedom to become what we want to be - and he wished that for everyone.
In a special presentation Chief Martin joined Erika Alexander, granddaughter of Lincoln Alexander, as she unveiled a stamp commemorating black history month and honouring her grandfather.
A number of other events marked the celebration, including the raising of the Pan-African flag, local dancers Afiwi Groove, and a steel drummer, and the singing of the Canadian National Anthem and the Black National Anthem by the choir from Pickering High School, The Femme Tones.
Black History Celebrations continue throughout the month of February.
Local Dancers at the Black History Month Launch in Whitby (JPG file, 390.8K bytes)
Chief Martin brings greetings (JPG file, 1,060.2K bytes)
Black History Month Celebration Attendees (JPG file, 1,437.1K bytes)
Omar Wisdom Durham President of the Canadian Jamaican Club (JPG file, 2,318.4K bytes)
Keynote Speaker Alvin Brown addresses the crowd (JPG file, 1,122.8K bytes)
Erika Alexander Unveils Commemorative Stamp in honour of her Grandfather Lincoln Alexander (JPG file, 1,454.8K bytes)
Enjoying some lunch after the celebrations (JPG file, 1,265.8K bytes)