Council of Black Aging committed to leadership and advocacy on behalf of Black elders
On Thursday, December 7, members and friends of the Council of Black Aging of Montreal gathered at the Legion Hall in LaSalle for the organization’s annual Christmas party.
It turned out to be a fun-filled afternoon, replete with good food, nice drinks and punctuated by some entertainment and an uplifting special address. It w as also an opportunity for the 100 or so guests to catch up with friends.
The meal, prepared by Gloria Tabby Henry and some of the members, was scrumptious, with Caribbean Christmas fare in ample supply. It included turkey, curry goat, baked and jerked chicken, geera pork and rice and peas, all easily washed down by the always delightful sorrel, mauby, ginger beer and other drinks.
There were performances by Susan and Nicole, who delivered a moving liturgical dance of the nativity. The CBAC choir was also on hand to offer some seasonal favorites.
Akil Alleyne, a Princeton University graduate who recently attained his Law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, offered a stirring speech on the history and meaning of Christmas.
The CBAC was founded in the mid-1980s, and incorporated in 1988 to provide institutional leadership and advocacy on behalf of Black elders.
It committed itself to:
• Provide quality research based on the needs of Black elders
• Organize activities to improve their quality of life
• Encourage Black Elders to maintain their autonomy and independence and
• Interpret legislation from all levels of government that may affect Black elders.
The Council is currently led by a recently-installed board of directors that include Wilma Alleyne as president with Ruth Knights as 1st vice president and Pauline Nicholls 2nd vice president.
Saundra Samuels-Anierobi is secretary and Louise Paul is treasurer. Board Members are N’Oji Mzilikazi, Pamela King, Josephine Simon and Thelma Carter.
Reach the CBAC at 7401 Newman Boulevard, Suite 6, LaSalle, QC, H8N 1X3 514 935-4951