VACA VOLUNTEERS DONATING AND PROVIDING ASSISTANCE Assisting the community and essential workers during COVID-19 Pandemic
Premier Kathleen Wynne with Jennifer, Shernett. Sandi and Faridha
Mary Reali, Shernett Martin, Naomi Jules, Alan Jones, Sandi Folkes, Michael Pinnock and Johanne Konan with Vaughan Mayor, the Honourable Maurizio Bevilacqua.
CariVaughan Caribbean Festival
Vendors participating in the event selling everything from flags, lanyards, and whistles to get the party going.
Pan Am Games volunteers supporting the event with games and information for the crowd.
CariVaughan participants Paul and Shernett's beloved father Mr. Martin
Michael Chan, MPP, Markham and Steven Del Duca, MPP, Vaughan speak with CariVaughan founders, Shernett & Sandi.
Ayana from Socasize gets the crowd moving.
All dressed up for Carnival.
Dancing to calypso and soca.
Steelpan artists, Jerry Jerome wows the crowd.
Honourable Minister Michael Chan, MPP, Markham with Honourable Steven Del Duca, MPP, Vaughan on the CariVaughan stage with owner of Vaughan Sportsflex and CariVaughan founders.
Having a great time.
Clifton and Donavon refreshing themselves at the Grace Foods tent.
Dancers partying down the road.
Black history Underground Railroad trip to Buxton and Dresden, Ontario with 80 youth. Organized collaboratively with Tropicana Community Services, Toronto Community Housing and VACA, funded through the Government of Ontario
A home built by freed slaves
Getting ready to re-enact the Underground Railroad route through an interactive walk through the woods
Listening to our tour guide as she explains what schooling was like at the first school house built by freed slaves
Sitting in the first school house built by freed slaves in Buxton
An actual photo of children who attended the school (they are the children of freed slaves who traveled to Canada through the Underground Railrod)
Replica of wrist and ankle braces used during slavery
An actual re-enactment (Dresden Museum) of the compartment size Africans spent on slave ships as they were taken from Africa across the Atlantic ocean into enslavement
Artifacts at Uncle Tom's Cabin
At Uncle Tom's Cabin Museum in Dresden, Ontario with two of the participants
Creating partnerships with educators in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A
Raising awareness for sickle cell disease through publishing a children's book
In Unity Performance at the City Playhouse Theatre with Mario Racco, Councillor Sandra Yeung-Racco and former York Region Police Chief Armand LaBarge
In Unity artwork created by A Stroke of Art
Cultural display at Julliard Public School
African dance performance at Fort York
Sickle Cell Awareness Gala
S.T.A.R.T Program Pledge
Students having a snack break at the S.T.A.R.T. program
Artifacts and books in our office
S.T.A.R.T program official opening with Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sheldon Taylor
S.T.A.R.T program official opening with former Vaughan Mayor, Michael Di Biase