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Hamilton’s black community honours leaders at annual John C. Holland Awards

Award winners exhibit exemplary skills and community involvement

The Hamilton Spectator (Feb 12, 2018)

Leaders in the local black community were honoured at the 22nd annual John C. Holland Awards in Hamilton this past Saturday, February 10, 2018.

The awards were presented by the Hamilton Black History Committee at Liuna Station to celebrate the contributions of local black youth and community members.

Youth winners from the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board include:

Dr. Ethilda Johnson Bursary — Angelique DeSouza
DeSouza is a dancer, involved in theatre, and taught herself piano. She volunteers at Food4Kids, ClearView Kigers and Hamilton City Ballet, works as a stable hand at Fox Run Stables, all while maintaining honours at school.

The YWCA Girls Rock Scholarship — Kudakwashe Chakanyuka
Chakanyuka is a member of her school's diversity committee, participates in bullying awareness activities, sits on Knights for Life, the eco team and helps with the breakfast club. She also volunteers at Westmount Terrace and Regina Mundi parish. She's an honour student who plans to pursue engineering, and is member of her school's robotics club.

Marlene Thomas Community Advocacy Scholarship — Chiguweyaru Woremwu
Worenwu is an active member in her school community including working with Free the Children, Life Chain and March for Life. She's a leader at her church and achieved a 97 per cent on her mid-terms. She plans for a career in law.

Nelson Mandela Social Justice Scholarship — Joelsa Domingos
Domingos volunteers at the ANIDA food bank at All Nations Full Gospel Church and with The Hope Angels Imitative. She was involved in Thinkfast, where students collected pledges and went without food for 25 hours. She helped co-ordinate a pilgrimage "Walk with Christ, Justice for the Poor" that raised $130,000 for children in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Uganda. She was involved with Halloween for Hunger for two years, helped co-ordinate more than 100 volunteers to canvas for Cathedral High School's Annex program, and has been part of the school's Christmas Miracle program. Domingos hopes to become either a criminal lawyer or psychologist and maintains honour roll grades.

Rev. George Horton Scholarship — Vivica LeTang
LeTang is an athlete and honour roll student. She organized an athlete retreat for the senior girls volleyball team, worked with the Pathways to Education program at the North Hamilton Community Health Centre, and was part of a pilgrimage from Cathedral High School to Academie Catholique Mere-Teresa that raised money for Haiti.

Audre Lorde Scholarship — Jordan Mathurin
Mathurin is the chairperson of the Gael Pride LGBTQ2S+ group, a co-ordinator of the Halloween Food Drive "We Scare Hunger" and on the video announcement team. He's an honour roll student, Air Cadet and volunteer for the Around the Bay Road Race. Mathurin has recently been accepted to University of Ottawa's Psychology program in French.





The youth winners of the 22nd Annual Rev John C. Holland Awards. They are, left to right: Sharon Nwamadi, winner of the Evelyn Myrie Bursary; Jordan Mathurin, winner of the Audre Lorde Scholarship; Chigwe Woremwu, winner of the Marlene Thomas Scholarship; Kayonne Christy, winner of the Lincoln Alexander Scholarship; Joelsa Domingos, winner of the Nelson Mandela Scholarship; Vivica Letang, winner of the Rev. George Horton Scholarship; Alec Purnell, winner of the Raymond G. Lewis Scholarship; Angelique DeSouza, winner of the Dr. Ethilda Johnson Bursary and Kudakwashe Chakanyuka, winner of the YWCA Scholarship. The Rev John C. Holland Awards were established to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of our community, with a particular focus on the contributions of African Canadians to the social, economic, and cultural life of our entire city. Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator.
The youth winners of the 22nd Annual Rev John C. Holland Awards. They are, left to right: Sharon Nwamadi, winner of the Evelyn Myrie Bursary; Jordan Mathurin, winner of the Audre Lorde Scholarship; Chigwe Woremwu, winner of the Marlene Thomas Scholarship; Kayonne Christy, winner of the Lincoln Alexander Scholarship; Joelsa Domingos, winner of the Nelson Mandela Scholarship; Vivica Letang, winner of the Rev. George Horton Scholarship; Alec Purnell, winner of the Raymond G. Lewis Scholarship; Angelique DeSouza, winner of the Dr. Ethilda Johnson Bursary and Kudakwashe Chakanyuka, winner of the YWCA Scholarship. The Rev John C. Holland Awards were established to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of our community, with a particular focus on the contributions of African Canadians to the social, economic, and cultural life of our entire city. Photo by Scott Gardner, The Hamilton Spectator.

St. Thomas More CSS award finalists, Kudakwashe Chakanyuka and Jonathan Bowen.
St. Thomas More CSS award finalists, Kudakwashe Chakanyuka and Jonathan Bowen.

Award finalists from St. Thomas More CSS, Kudakwashe Chakanyuka and Jonathan Bowen with Principal Sara Cannon, far left, and teacher Stephanie Martyres, far right.
Award finalists from St. Thomas More CSS, Kudakwashe Chakanyuka and Jonathan Bowen with Principal Sara Cannon, far left, and teacher Stephanie Martyres, far right.