BLACK & CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE
One of Toronto’s longest serving volunteers and Black community pioneers, Amy Nelson, is turning 90 this year. On September 23, Toronto residents are invited to celebrate the occasion with a brunch at the Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) aimed at delivering a one time commemorative Amy Nelson Scholarship in 2013.
The event will mark a unique opportunity to reflect on more than 50 unbroken years of service to Toronto through several JCA’s initiatives as well as those of the City and the Province. It will also offer a moment to respect and celebrate a type of heroism that seldom gets acknowledged for the Black and Caribbean community: selfless service. The life of Amy Nelson is just such a life.
A lifetime of service beginning with 10 years of nursing in rural Jamaica, extended for four more decades, to include nursing stints in the Dominican Republic, Peru, El Salvador, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, China, Nicaragua, Haiti, Honduras, Uzbekistan to name a few; all under the auspices of Medical Mission International and Eye Care Mission International.
Since 1962, Amy also helped to build Toronto’s Black and Caribbean community through various roles on the JCA Board as well as its committees. Her determination to create community spaces for Toronto’s Black and Caribbean community helped to launch many such efforts when few public spaces were accessible to the community.
Throughout the last 5 decades, Amy also made it a point to lend particular support to young people’s organizations such as the JCA’s Youth Group. Her home was always open and many university students and domestic workers were welcomed by her after fruitless efforts to find shelter.
Amy has also been a steadfast source of caring and support to Caribbean seniors through the Caribbean Canadian Senior’s Club (CCSC) which she helped to found.She complemented this caring role with a serious advocacy effort through her participation on the Mayor’s Committee on Aging and Elder Abuse, Ontario Coalition of Senior Citizens and the Alliance for Senior Citizens. Guests are encouraged to attend this 90th Birthday Tribute and share the moment with a true community hero. All are encouraged to visit the community centre and share in this special moment; whilst also contributing further to the community development effort so valued by Amy.
You are cordially invited to join us in celebrating Amy Neslon
Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 at JCA, 995 Arrow Road, Toronto 1pm -4pm
Contact: Joyce 416 223-0852: Eunice 416 496-8483: Grace 416 494-7951
COST: $50.00 PER PERSON CHEQUES PAYABLE TO THE JCA: C/O AMY NELSON
A one-time commemorative Amy Nelson Scholarship will be awarded in 2013 for her 50 years of unbroken service to the Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA).
Submitted by Akwatu Khenti and Grace Williams