Throughout the month of February, Portage Beaconsfield residents and staff members participated in several activities to mark Black History Month.
Two guest speakers, George Farkas and Irene Anthony, who are representatives for Black History Month education in Québec, came to the centre for a presentation and discussion with the residents. Ms. Anthony told her story, as well as that of her son, who has worked his way up to become NBA star, Joel Anthony. Once the NBA season is over, Ms. Anthony hopes that her son will be able to visit the Portage residents himself. The residents greatly enjoyed the presentation and asked lots of questions.
Residents dedicated an art class to creating paintings of famous black people who inspire them. They put together a “Black History Month in Canada” education guide board and hung their paintings of Malcolm X, Miles Davis, Billy Holliday, Grace Bumbray, and others around it on the wall.
And of course, Black History Month at Portage Beaconsfield would not be complete without a few highly-anticipated and appreciated Haitian lunches, home-cooked by Portage staff members Elsie Bossicot and Ali Welk.
Portage Beaconsfield staff member, Vonrick Hoyte with Irene Anthony