This year’s Black History Month celebration at SEIU was a delightful showcase of African-Canadian heritage. Upon arrival at the SEIU Head Office, over 200 guests were greeted with mix of traditional delicacies from around globe, with a taste sampling of traditional appetizers from the Caribbean, South America and Africa. Sounds of jazz, reggae and neo-soul played throughout the greeting room as guests mingled and enjoyed art and montages created by members of the Human Rights committee, reflective of great moments throughout history.
Guests were then ushered upstairs for the main event, an action-packed showcase of talented members from within the SEIU family. SEIU Treasurer, Emanuel Carvalho, welcomed Scarborough MPP, Mitize Hunter as one of the special guest speakers of the evening, encouraging SEIU members to connect with her since Mitzie has over 1200 SEIU members in her riding of Scarborough-Guildwood. Mitzie tweeted during the event “Passion, energy and inspiration closing out Black History Month with @SEIUHealthCan tonight” marking the end of to a hectic February schedule for her.
SEIU President, Sharleen Stewart, showcased her legendary dance moves while drummers and dancers from UBUNTU Drum and Dance Theatre performed traditional African rhythms and dance. Black Business and Professional Association President, Pauline Christian, was impressed with Sharleen’s stamina on the stage, which inspired her to do 30 push-ups during her speech to prove the point that endurance is essential when achieving success in the business world.
Nursing Division Committee members, Nathalee Thompson and Gethro Dorval, shed some light on health issues within the black community, encouraging members to be knowledgeable on heart conditions and to stay physically active.
SEIU’s Human Rights Committee would like to thank all the performers, speakers and volunteers who helped make this event possible. Pictures of the event can be viewed on SEIU’s Flickr page.