JIS News

To celebrate National Heroes Day (October 16), the Jamaican Consulate General in Toronto, Canada, will host its first-ever Distinguished Speaker Series, while in the Canadian capital, Ottawa, the Jamaican Ottawa Community Association (JOCA), will host its 17th Annual Heroes Banquet and Awards Gala.
The Distinguished Speaker Series will take place on Thursday, October 19, at the Ryerson Business Building, 55 Dundas Street West, from 6:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m., featuring former parliamentarian and judge, Hugh Small, QC, speaking on the topic – ‘Heroism and Nation Building’.
Jamaica’s Consul-General to Toronto, Anne-Marie Bonner, told JIS News that something was needed in Toronto to commemorate National Heroes Day, one of the most revered days in Jamaica.
“The Distinguished Speaker Series is another way of highlighting our culture and contribution to the world. It also allows us to have discussions on development and other issues of interest to the Diaspora,” she explained.
The Consul General noted that Justice Small’s experiences as a “parliamentarian and advocate give him a unique perspective on nation building”.
Mr. Small is a former Cabinet Minister and Parliamentarian and a retired Justice of the Supreme Court of the Bahamas.
Several Jamaican entities are sponsoring the event, including Jamaica National, Air Jamaica, Victoria Mutual and the Jamaica Weekly Gleaner.
In Ottawa, the event will be held on Saturday, October 21 under the patronage of Her Excellency Patricia Rodney-Evering, the Acting High Commissioner for Jamaica to Canada.
Set to take place at the Hampton Inn Convention Centre, under the theme: ‘Leadership and Belief’, the Gala will focus on the life of one of the National Heroes, the Rt. Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante.
The other National Heroes are: Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Paul Bogle, George William Gordon, Norman Washington Manley, Sam Sharpe and Nanny of the Maroons.