HSDC Receives Prestigious Provincial Award
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April 26, 2017


SCARBOROUGH, ON- On Wednesday April 26, 2017, Heritage Skills Development Centre (HSDC) received the June Callwood Award for Excellence in Volunteer Management from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.

The award was given to HSDC who hosts the Scarborough Afro-Carib Fest over the last five years, which is now one of the fastest growing multicultural festivals in Toronto. The event engages over 50 volunteers annually and attracts over 20,000 people from across Canada and the world. The festival invites individuals of all ages and backgrounds to experience the richness of Toronto’s diverse communities. “Scarborough’s community spirit is incredible and we cannot wait to host the sixth annual event on August 26th and 27th, 2017” added HSDC’s Executive Director, Charity Lebeanya.

HSDC received their award in the Excellence in Volunteer Management category, which recognizes the important work volunteer managers do to support and encourage volunteering in their communities. “It is amazing to be recognized for the work we do, and we thank the Ministry for this,” said Charity Lebeanya. “Our goal has always been to build our community and our volunteers are vital in making that happen. Events such as this remind us that there is a lot of good being done in the world and it encourages us to empower, connect and collaborate with one another”.

The Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration recognizes volunteers with exceptional contributions and extraordinary leadership, innovation, and creativity to their communities and the province through voluntary action such as volunteering their time, efforts, knowledge and resources. “These amazing volunteers honour the memory of June Callwood in every action they take to improve the lives of others. It is a privilege to be able to recognize and thank them for their important work on behalf of all Ontarians.” said Citizen and Immigration Minister, Laura Albanese.

About Heritage Skills Development Centre (HSDC): HSDC is a non-profit organization established in 1993 to promote the health, social, cultural, and economic self-sufficiency of new immigrants, low-income, at-risk and marginalized groups in the Greater Toronto Area. Since 2011, they have held the Scarborough Afro-Carib Fest, a uniquely Canadian festival which celebrates diversity and builds community, while bridging social, cultural and economic gaps through sharing music, dance, cuisine, arts and culture.



Heritage Skills Development Centre (HSDC)
Scarborough Afro Carib Fest
Charity Lebeanya
Executive Director

Madeline Nwokeji
Program Director

Related Links:
Heritage Skills Development Centre Website-
Scarborough Afro-Carib Fest Website-
Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Website-