Hi all it's your girl JA Nursing here, with some exciting news. It's that time again for Mary Galvin and her amazing team to bring to Durham for another year  the Durham Caribbean  Festival. You are invited to join us  On Saturday June 25th 2016,  at the Ajax Downs  located in the city of Ajax for Durham regions’ most exciting, fun-filled extravaganza.  You will be excited by  Street performers, entertainers, singers, dancers, cultural and heritage groups who come together in one place to celebrate the diversity and flavours of the Durham Caribbean Festival. 

You can also look forward to t
he VERY FIRST Caribbean Derby in Canada  which will be live to air On Sunday June 26th in Durham. The afternoon will offer an exclusive Caribbean Brunch, Live entertainment  and a Caribbean Parade from  11am to 5pm at Ajax Downs located at 50 Alexander's Crossing  in Ajax,On. L1Z 2E6
The festival will showcase the unique foods, music, traditions, and beliefs and interests of Durham’s fastest growing community – In the city of Ajax alone almost 40% of the population are from the Caribbean Islands.
For some participants, The Durham Caribbean Festival will awaken sweet and fond memories of their native lands; while for others it will be about “getting to know more about their neighbors, friends and co-workers “; and for all it will be about sharing in the “ Caribbean Vibe”.

Mark your calendars because you are also invited to join us On Monday, June 20th 2016 as Mayor Steve Parish proclaims Ajax’s 3rd Annual Caribbean Week in  a live to air-televised event taking place at Council Chambers located at 65 Harwood Ave South. The evening will start with a small reception in the main foyer at 6:00pm. Spearheaded by the Durham Caribbean Festival, and arranged by the Caribbean Event Organization of Ontario, the official  “Ajax Caribbean Week” offers many opportunities to reach various market segments in the region through a combination of events targeting the media, trade, consumers and the Caribbean Diaspora to celebrate the sights, sounds, colours, culture and unique vacation experiences of the Caribbean.

According to the Canadian 2011 Census, Ajax alone has a population of 109,600. Almost 40% of the population is a visible minority with the largest visible minority groups from the Caribbean Islands.Tourism Officials, the media, artists, performers, celebrity chefs, sponsors and strategic partners will participate in Caribbean Week activities all across Ajax.
The official week will take place on Monday June 20th to Monday June 27th 2016, where local and corporate businesses in the area will be hosting different events showcasing Caribbean Inspired themes. 

Paula Fennell, Regional Manager of JNMS,  Mary Galvan, Executive Director of the Caribbean Event Organization of Ontario and  Jerrold Johnson, Chief Representative Officer of JNBS will be hosting the evening’s proclamation.
We ask you all for your support in celebrating this historical week, filled with an abundance of fun filled activities showcasing Caribbean Culture.

Vendor Applications You still have time to be apart of this great event 

For booth applications, terms of participation, rules and regulations, booth set up procedures and early bird specials download the vendors package 
or you can Contact Michelle Smith  416-567-7556

(Caribbean Event Organization of Ontario)

Cultural diversity is a part of our Canadian identity. It is a part of our country, our workplaces and our schools, a part of our day-to-day lives. Our friends, neighbours and coworkers likely all stem from a variety of ethnic groups. This diversity is an asset; we can learn from one another but, first, we must understand one another in order to work together effectively. The Durham Caribbean Festival has been created to raise awareness of cultural diversity and to help dispel negative stereotypes.

The Caribbean Event Organization of Ontario believes that the diversity in our community is a fundamental strength of our region. Our mission to improve the quality of life for the residents of our region is best fulfilled when we embrace diversity as a value and a practice.

This has been your Social buzz with Michelle Smith your Health and Social Advocate  See you at Durham Caribbean Festival. 

Thank you to the  Durham  Caribbean Festival team  for Getting Pink  in  support of Breast Cancer Awareness  you can still Support Get Pink'd  by donating  -------DONATE HERE

If you are  looking for an energetic, impactful inspirational  speaker who will “keep it real” with your audience?  Michelle Smith certainly delivers, be it keynotes, seminars. hosting events, media interviews or  workshops, Michelle  will hit a home run with your audience  To Book Michelle for Your Next event 

Learn  more about your health and wellness through Michelle's weekly articles in The Toronto Caribbean Newspaper conveniently located in over 320 locations throughout the GTA or  visit on Line

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