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.

Community News

A Young Hand Leading a Timeless Organization

Rachel Salmon takes the helm of Colored Women’s Club of Montreal, one of Canada’s longest standing organizations Egbert Gaye At 33-years-old, Rachel Salmon is mindful of the significance of the task handed to her when she assumed leadership of the Colored Women’s Club of Montreal (CWC), the oldest organization of its kind in Canada and a foundational one for our community. Founded in 1902 by seven American women, wives of railroad porters, the CWC was built on service to the community, providing much needed relief to those on the margins of society. The women, many of them Black Cross nurses …

Read more 0 Comments
Community News

Documenting the effects of Systemic Racism in Quebec

BCQ’s brief to the Quebec government chronicles a long history of marginalization of Blacks and other cultural communities Egbert Gaye The Black Coalition of Quebec (BCQ) has completed a comprehensive overview of the situation faced by Blacks and other visible minorities in the province over the past three decades or so, and has determined that the provincial government has failed in its obligation to effectively deal with issues of discrimination, racism and integration. The Coalition submitted a 90-page document to the ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI), titled 30 Years of Recommendations and Studies for Non-Evidential Results: A Collective …

Read more 0 Comments
Community News

Celebrating Black History

Is it still relevant? President of the Round Table says “Yes” Egbert Gaye On February 1, the gathering will be at City Hall to mark the launch of Black History Month 2018. It’s a ritual gathering. They do it every year: a handful of municipal politicians, maybe one or two from the provincial government and an assorted collection of so-called partners, including the brass from the Montreal-police-department-types sitting with adherents from the Black community, to usher in 28 days of celebrating the Black presence in Quebec. The event doesn’t last long, about an hour or so. It usually includes a …

Read more 0 Comments
Community News

A walking tour of Union United’s history

Reverend Dr. Charles Humphrey Este, Dr. Oscar Peterson, President Nelson Mandela and Dr. Oliver Jones Egbert Gaye If you’re in the Little Burgundy neighborhood and happen to stroll by Union United Church at Delisle Street and Atwater, you will notice the new sets of plaques adorning the exterior of the building. They are monuments of the long and rich heritage of the church. The building, which was built in 1899, has been home to the congregation since 1916. The plaques shine a spotlight on four men, who over the course of the history of the church have helped to empower …

Read more 0 Comments
Community NewsLife & Style

Path to success: A dogged determination and good work habit

Glen Gomes  built his export business almost single-handedly and one used-tire at a time Egbert Gaye The idea back in the early 90s was to supply reusable tires to a family-owned garage back in Antigua.  Building it into one of Quebec’s biggest used-tires exporting companies with a workforce of about 10 people calls for a special type of effort. Much of it was built on the entrepreneurial drive, work attitude and dogged determination of Glen Gomes, who rode his passion for all things automobiles into this highly successful business with close to $2 Million in sales. His company, Exportation Multi …

Read more 0 Comments
Community NewsLife & Style

A one-stop shop for health

Owner of new 2bFit Health Centre on a mission to spread the doctrine of fitness and well-being By Egbert Gaye With close to 20 years under his belt as a personal trainer, sports therapist and sports massage therapist, and on his way to securing a Master’s certification in osteopathy, Ian Parris has dedicated himself to assist Montrealers attain optimal health. And after so many years in the industry he says he has come to know that the way to get there is through proper nutrition, physical fitness and heightened motivation, and mental awareness. Driven by that conviction, Parris has set …

Read more 0 Comments
Community News

Vision Celebrations remain a signature event

It ushers in Black History Month and recognizes the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Egbert Gaye Two of the best in our community, Don Jordan, actor, dancer and entertainer par excellence, together with Denburk Reid, basketballer and community activist, will have the spotlight shining directly on them on January 27, when Montrealers gather at the Omni Hotel for the annual Visions Celebration. This showcase, hosted by the Black Theatre Workshop, is one of the signature events in Montreal and draws from a wide cross-section of luminaries, politicians, artists and community members who turn out to usher in Black …

Read more 0 Comments
Events

Chateauguay Horizon Celebrates one of its Founders

Mr. Clinton Ritchie had a passion for community, music and education Egbert Gaye This year, the 23rd Anniversary celebration of the Chateauguay Horizon Community Association was a special one with the spotlight shining directly on the work done by Mr. Clinton Ritchie, one of its founders and past president. As usual, his wife, Patricia Ritchie, and daughter Michelle and the grandchildren were present as beacons of inspiration for the evening. In keeping with Mr. Ritchie’s lifelong commitment to youth and education, the Association used the event, held on Saturday, December 2 at Club Le Rendezvous in Chateauguay, to showcase former …

Read more 0 Comments
Community News

A Special Call to Community for a Special Show

JIREH WILL BE JOINED ON STAGE BY Audrey DuBois Harris FOR ONE17 at EGLISE Le-Saint-Jean-Baptiste       Egbert Gaye Standing in front of her two choirs, the last thing Carol Bernard wants to be thinking about is the demographic make-up of her audiences as she attempts to draw them into the always-spectacular performances delivered by her singers. But sometimes she just can’t help it and she is troubled by what she sees when she looks into the crowd. “Not enough Black people attending our shows,” she says, bluntly. “We are a Black choir and as much as we value …

Read more 0 Comments
Community News

Making a difference and spreading awareness

Caren Mellow recognized as a Difference Maker. She stands among 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health Egbert Gaye Ten years as a psychiatric nurse and a health teacher at a school where students confront almost daily multiple socio-economic issues, Caren Mellow knows a thing or two about the precariousness of mental health. That’s why over the past four years she has been doing her part to heighten consciousness at her school, ACCESS Riverside, among students and co-workers and in the community. Her annual walk staged in May, aimed at “breaking down stigma and promoting mental health awareness,” is growing in …

Read more 0 Comments