Press Release: Victoria Black History Month Recognition Awards

                                                                                               For Immediate Release: 02/19/2014


Victoria African and Caribbean Cultural Society

10-2320 Quadra Street



First Annual Victoria Black History Month Recognition Awards

Celebrating the achievements of blacks in Victoria

 Victoria, BC: On Friday, February 28 2014, the Victoria African & Caribbean Cultural Society (VACCS) in collaboration with the University of Victoria Students of Colour Collective (SOCC) and African & Caribbean Students Association (ACSA) will be presenting the first annual Black History Month Recognition Awards. The award is designed to honor distinguished residents of Victoria and surrounding cities who have made significant contributions to the social, political, religious, intellectual, and economic development of blacks in Victoria. This year’s winners are Moussa Magassa, Ron Nicholson, Valin Marshall, Mohamed Duranteau, and Dane Roberts.

Moussa Magassa is the Human Rights Education Advisor at the University of Victoria, who has dedicated his career to creating environments built around mutual respect and inclusivity. Ron Nicholson and Valin Marshall are members of the BC Black History Awareness Society who work hard to bring the history of blacks in Canada to the fore. Mohammed Duranteau is the founder of local West African drum and dance school and performance group, Wontanara Drum & Dance. Dane Roberts is the founder of the Victoria Ska Fest, now in its 14th year.

The award ceremony takes place on Friday, February 28th at 5:00pm in Vertigo Lounge at the University of Victoria Student Union Building. The dress code is black tie. Entry is by donation and open to people of all ages. For more information, contact Boma Brown at 250-858-6576 or email

About VACCS: VACCS organized the first annual AfriCa Fest in Centennial Square in May 2013 which drew about 3000 spectators. Founded in 2012, the mandate of the society is to provide an avenue for positive social interaction and the opportunity to share rich African & Afro-Caribbean culture. One of the ways we achieve this is by engaging the whole community as we incorporate crucial parts of our identity in our various events. We do this in simple ways such as food, music, clothing, language.


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