African Heritage Month event focuses on education, celebration

Janvier Nahimana leading a group of Burundian drummers and dancers
Janvier Nahimana leading a group of Burundian drummers and dancers

The Bethune Ballroom was overflowing on February 28, 2018 as more than 100 community members and NSHA staff gathered for a celebration of African Heritage Month. The focus of the event was in keeping with this year's African Heritage Month theme: Educate, Unite, Celebrate Community.

The event featured a traditional African libation by Uncle/Elder Nqobisizwe Adekayode and remarks by several speakers, including:

  • Carmelle d'Entremont, VP People and Organizational Development
  • Vickie Sullivan, Executive Director of Operations for Central Zone
  • Dr. Barbara Hamilton Hinch, Dalhousie School of Health and Human Performance
  • Colin Campbell, Board Member, Health Association of African Canadians

It also featured several talented performers:

  • Janvier Nahimana leading a group of Burundian drummers and dancers
  • El Jones, poet and spoken word artist
  • Olu and family from CHAMA (Challenge AIDS and Malaria in Africa)

You'll get a taste of the event in these photographs and event summary.