As part of the 30th edition of Black History Month, the Borough of LaSalle and its partners are offering you virtual activities to highlight Black communities’ outstanding contribution to Québec society. All activities are in French except where indicated otherwise.
Discover the interesting local programming and two extraordinary LaSalle personalities who were selected by the organizing committee of Black History Month.
Vera Barrington is originally from Guyana. She has worked for over 30 years as a nurse, while volunteering with the Council for Black Aging Community of Montreal. Involved with this organization for nearly 40 years, her dynamic spirit and commitment have earned her the recognition of the Board of Directors and her peers. A dedicated person, she is always ready to get involved. Mrs. Barrington has been participating in Black History Month celebrations for a number of years. She is also a member of the Congress of Black Women of Canada.
Auvril Edwards was born in Montserrat. She immigrated to Canada in 1958. Volunteering has always been an integral part of her life. Her strong leadership and the progress she has made at the LaSalle Multicultural Resource Center (LMRC), have made her a champion for the community. She exemplifies professionalism and integrity and fights systemic racism in Québec. Auvril is passionate about socio-economic equity, justice, unity, the advancement of all and access to social, health and education services for the English-speaking minority.
Borough also wished to highlight the exceptional contribution of an important figure in the community for nearly 30 years.
In addition to serving as President of the Montreal Caribbean Social Organization (MCSO), he takes part in countless cultural activities where his enthusiasm and open-mindedness truly shine. Respected and esteemed by everyone, Hinsley Cambridge carries messages of hope and solidarity for LaSalle’s Black community. In addition to the various activities offered by the MCSO, he hosts a radio show on CKVL 100.1 FM where he shares his passion for Caribbean culture.
2021 Local Programming
- Saturday, February 6, 1 p.m. – Authors’ Words, with Stella Adjôké
Presentation of her book 11 short essays against racism for a systemic fight
- Saturday, February 20, 1 p.m. – Virtual African dance workshop with Kôtou Danse
- Friday, February 5, 2021, 3 p.m. – Celebrating Black History Month with BAI: Inspiring portraits (Mariam Coulibaly, Director of Compagnie F)
- Friday, February 12, 2021, 3 p.m. – Celebrating Black History Month with BAI: Inspiring Portraits (Amina Gerba, CEO of Afrique Expansion Inc.)
- Friday, February 19, 2021, 3 p.m. – Celebrating Black History Month with BAI: Inspiring Portraits (Ephrem Amouzou, Government of Canada Engineer and Vice-President of BAI)
- Friday, February 26, 2021, 3 p.m. – Celebrating Black History Month with BAI: Inspiring Portraits (Aime Samba, LaSalle resident)
LaSalle Multicultural Resource Center
- Friday, February 19, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. – Moving on in the Realm of Systemic Racism (in English)
Residents from Black communities emphasize the importance of representation, share the impact of systemic racism, and highlight how they have navigated their way to success.
- Saturday, February 27, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. – Afrocentric Bliss virtual style concert (in English)
Songs, drums, poetry, speeches and dances led by Black artists
The Council for Black Aging Community of Montreal
- Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Young Black Local Entrepreneurs (in English)
Videoconference discussion between seniors and entrepreneurs
Culture LaSalle (Borough of LaSalle)
- Friday, February 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2021 - Spotlight on works of art by past and present Black Canadian female artists
In the company of art historian Audrey Laurin, who specializes in feminist studies, the Borough’s Culture Division features works by Black Canadian female artists, past and present.
Methods of communication in the MOMO region and in Cameroon in general.