Egbert Gaye

About the Author Egbert Gaye

Egbert is a graduate of Concordia University (Journalism/Political Science (International Relations) . He is the founder/ managing editor of Montreal Community Contact.

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The sad state of Puerto Rico after Maria

Weeks after the hurricane no food, no water, no electricity, no medication, lots of BS from the president Egbert Gaye Two weeks after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, the island remains in a bad state. Thirty-four people confirmed dead as a direct or indirect result of the category 4 Hurricane that struck on September 20. And experts agree that after clearing up the rubble and taking stock,   the number of dead will rise considerably, maybe into the hundreds. More than half of the population of 3.6 million remain without safe drinking water and 95% are without electricity, including almost all …

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Taking a knee while taking a stand

Colin Kapernick’s place alongside other brave men such as Jackie Robinson, John Carlos and Tommie Smith, and Muhammad Ali Egbert Gaye When in August 2016, Colin Kaepernick decided to take a stand by taking a knee during the playing of the American national anthem before the start of an NFL game, he joined the ranks of a select few high-profile athletes who dared to “call out” the United States on widespread racism and social injustice that continue to debilitate the lives of Blacks and other minorities. Kaepernick, then quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, began his protest by sitting during …

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Former Montrealer Rosey Edeh shines another spotlight on Jones

My goal is to present a living legacy to Canadians….” Egbert Gaye Montrealers and lovers of Jazz music the world over have come to know Oliver Jones as the exceptionally talented pianist who hauled himself up from his humble beginnings in the St. Henri-Little Burgundy district to become one of Canada’s most acclaimed musicians. And those who know him beyond the music know that he walks softly. But the way documentarian Rosey Edeh tells it, behind this quiet, unassuming musical genius is a man who for years has known his share of excruciating pain and discomfort, but never shared any …

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Douglas Bartley devotes much of his spare time helping others An educator at heart with community in mind Egbert Gaye Douglas Bartley cherishes his role as an educator together with his strong ties with the community and the opportunity they provide him to impact on the lives of others. “I see myself as a mentor, who is always ready to help anyone who is on the path to improving themselves,” he told the CONTACT in a very late night interview at our offices. “The way I see it, when I’m able to help, especially the young ones, I’m automatically improving …

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Kemba Mitchell takes the Helm at WIBCA

Focus on Youth Egbert Gaye Thirty-six years after it was founded by Norma Husbands and Margaret Jolly, two mothers looking for organized activities for their children, the West Island Black Community Association (WIBCA) stands today as a hub of community life with an extended slate of programs to enhance the lives of students, adults and seniors in the area. Along the way WIBCA has been nurtured and sustained by an illustrious group of Montrealers who volunteer time and talent to help the association acquire a building and maintain a binding connection with the community it serves. Kemba Mitchell, a forward-looking …

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High Achiever Kevin Kwateng is big on community

“What you do in the community can help on the job and what you do on the job can help you build community.” Egbert Gaye Kevin Kwateng is a 28-year-old civil engineer with a high-powered managerial job at one of Quebec’s biggest transportation companies, and there’re a lot of things competing for his time and attention. Nevertheless, almost everyday he’s able to take a little time to do a little something in his capacity as vice-chairperson at the West Island Black Community Association (WIBCA). A task that he holds on to with enthusiasm and excitement. “Volunteering at WIBCA has been …

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Community must support business. Business must support community

Local entrepreneur Peter Francis preaches partnership Egbert Gaye When Peter Francis opened Caribe Patties on the western edge of Ville St. Pierre a few months ago, he was well aware of the challenges that come with selling food to Montrealers. But he says he also knows that success depends on his ability to convince the community of their role in helping to nurture and sustain businesses. “We have to stop being so random in the choices we make when it comes to the food we’re consuming and the business we’re supporting, he says. “We have to be more strategic in …

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A dynamic cultural force still in Motion

Ranee Lee will perform Dark Divas on September 9 By Egbert Gaye There’s something about Ranee Lee. After more than 50 years on the music circuit, the American-born jazz vocalist who became a Canadian icon is now in her early seventies and still commands the attention of music lovers from far and wide. Since she made Montreal her home in 1970, Lee, who as a teenager in Brooklyn was on her way to fame and acclaim as a Jazz drummer and tenor saxophonist, rose to the pinnacle of entertainment as one of Canada’s most celebrated vocalists, with close to a …

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DCB presents Basketball as a Life Skill

Downtown Community Blues Basketball program showcases the talent of  about 135 players guided by 21 coaches Egbert Gaye It’s going on four decades since the Downtown Community Blues Basketball organization has been helping young Montrealers play out their basketball dreams. Over the years the program, which started as the Dawson Community Blues, under the guidance of Joel Tyrrell, a well respected coach and mentor, has helped hundreds of student athletes take their game to another level, while encouraging them to pursue a college education and set themselves on a path to rewarding careers. Today, the program is still going strong …

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Montrealer Khem Birch signs with Orlando Magic

“It took a while for me to get here, but I knew that it was just a matter of time. I always believed.” Egbert Gaye Khem Birch says he is a little nervous, as he is about to start his first season in the NBA. “That’s OK, “ he says. “Because I was just as nervous when I was about to start playing in the European League and in college. It’s a nervous kind of excitement that I feel when I’m about to start something big. But I’m ready to help the Orlando Magic get to the next level.” On …

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