The JCCABC has been involved in organizing a variety of social functions, and events, as well as hosting such Jamaican dignitaries as the Hon. Maxine Henry Wilson, Minister of Information, the Hon. Birchell Whiteman, Minister of Education and Culture, his Excellency Raymond Wolfe, High Commissioner of Jamaica in Canada, and most recently the Hon. Portia Simpson, Minister of Tourism and Sports. We have been active supporters of various events held by other Caribbean Associations, and have worked in collaboration with members of these organizations to establish a unified Association. This association was registered in July 2000 as the British Columbia Organization of Caribbean Cultural Associations (BCOCCA). We have been active participants in various community events including, Kaleidoscope, held in Richmond , “Eracism … New Beginning’s,” and Langley School Board’s Multicultural Festival in which we displayed, and promoted Jamaican Culture. In an effort to display some of Jamaica ‘s talented individuals, we brought a Jamaican play from Toronto entitled “Country Duppy”, starring Leonie Forbes, and continued with a “Local Talent Fund raiser” which focused on individuals of all ages. Another successful fund raising event was JCCABCs first annual walk-a-thon where, here again, it was fun for all ages. Providing the public, in general, and the Jamaican community in particular with avenues/opportunities for togetherness, will greatly benefit our Community because “in unity there is strength”.
To work independent of and in consort with other Associations to improve social, economic, and multi-cultural climate of British Columbia.To preserve and promote Jamaican Culture.To foster good relations between people of Jamaican heritage and others in the Canadian Society.To represent the concerns of Jamaican residents in British Columbia.To connect new immigrants of Jamaican descent, assist in employment, housing search, and general adaptation into the community.Assist Jamaicans in fostering good relations with community police.To help finance and support projects beneficial to:The Jamaican Community in British Columbia The British Columbia Community.To sponsor awards and scholarships for academic, technical, athletic or any other socio-cultural excellence.
Jamaican Canadian Cultural Association of BC
P.O Box 33642
2820 – 10153 King George Boulevard