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Toronto Mayor To Attend 2015 African Canadian Achievement Awards Gala

John Tory

Toronto Mayor To Attend 2015 African Canadian Achievement Awards Gala

Photo above courtesy of Paul-Alexander.com.

Friday, February 20, 2015


TORONTO, Ontario — Toronto Mayor John Tory has confirmed his attendance at this year’s African Canadian Achievement Awards of Excellence’ (ACAA) 30th Anniversary celebrations, being held tomorrow.

One of the most-anticipated and prestigious events in the African-Canadian community during Black History Month, the ACAA celebrates 30 years of recognizing excellence, this year. It recognises the achievements, and pays tribute to the exemplary contributions of distinguished African Canadians to their community, and the wider Canadian society.

The auspicious Black History Month event have had the cumulative effect of fostering a sense of pride and a spirit of dignity within the African Canadian community, and has also acted as a catalyst, inspiring both youth and adults alike, to pursue and attain success and excellence in their lives.

Founded by Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson, Michael Van Cooten — the Editor and Publisher of  Pride News Magazine  — in June 1985, the ACAA has paid tribute to over 400 African Canadians, including: Hon. Lincoln Alexander, former Ontario Lieutenant Governor; Ontario’s Fairness Commissioner, Jean Augustine; Canadian Jazz icon, Oscar Peterson; Award-winning author, Austin Clarke; Former Ontario two-portfolio minister and recent Order of Ontario recipient, Mary-Anne Chambers; Senator Don Meredith; Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF); Jackie Richardson, renowned R&B singer and actress; Mike “Pinball” Clemons, Vice-chair of the Toronto Argonauts football team; and world and Olympic sprint champion, Donovan Bailey.

This year, among the 13 outstanding individuals being honoured are: Matt Galloway, the host of CBC Radio’s Metro Morning; Toronto police deputy chief, Mark Saunders; and Canadian Hip Hop icon, Maestro Fresh Wes.

Canadian senator, Don Meredith, has also confirmed his intention to attend the event.

The ACAA’s 30th anniversary celebrations will be held on Saturday, February 21, at the Jane Mallett Theatre, inside the St. Lawrence for the Arts, 27 Front Street, East, in downtown Toronto.

For more information, please contact:

Michael Van Cooten, CEO
Joan Pierre, President
(905) 686-8868
Email: acaa@bellnet.ca
Website: www.africancanadianachievementawards.com.

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