BLack History Month 2019

Feb 24 1-4 pm Black History Month Worship Service


  Continuing the longstanding tradition established by Maranatha Lutheran Caribbean Congregation, all are welcome to join CCAWR Persons of Distinction Award Winners Mrs. Esselyne Bell & Peter Kuhnert for the Annual Black History Month Celebration

1:00 Worship Service—Pastor Peter Kuhnert Preaching

2:00 Maranatha Lunch with The Caribbean Kitchen

3:00 Community Speakers and Guests

Sunday, February 24, 2019 

hosted at St. James Lutheran Church in St. Jacobs

1407 King Street North, St. Jacobs, ON

Offerings will be collected to offset costs, the 

remaining funds to CCAWR Student Scholarships: 

Contact Mrs. Bell at The Caribbean Kitchen or Mt. Zion Waterloo 

or Pastor Karen Kuhnert via

Freedom I, Mixed Media, used with Permission of Ken Daley. Visit

FLEX "My Place is Right Here" Showings throughout February in KW


Take any chance you can get to see "My Place is Right Here" the story of one of Canada’s first civil rights activists. Written and directed by Aaron Haddad. Performed by the Flex We Talent players.

Born in 1918 in Dresden, Ontario, Hugh Burnett is a civil rights hero who changed Ontario human rights laws for the benefit of all who live in Ontario today.

His activism led to the passage of the Fair Employment and Practices Act, and the Fair Accommodation Practices Act in the 1950s, two pieces of legislation that would become the foundation of Ontario human rights law.

Repeat showings will happen - please contact

Oscar Peterson's Hymn to Freedom


 "When every heart joins every heart and together yearns for liberty - That's when we'll be free
When every hand joins every hand and together molds our destiny - That's when we'll be free
Any hour any day, the time soon will come when men/all will live in dignity - That's when we'll be free.
When every man/voice joins in our song and together singing harmony - That's when we'll be free" 

Up until now Canadians have used the American "Black Anthem" Lift Every Voice and Sing to celebrate Black History Month. It is usually not known that the late Oscar Peterson’s Hymn to Freedom was written for a similar community purpose. 

You are invited to a presentation of  Hymn to Freedom as a live performance, complete with an orchestra, to be taped on March 22, 2019 at First United Church, King & William in Waterloo.

Congress of Black Women-Waterloo


Current President is Marcia Smellie –   Contact via e-mail at 

We are always honoured to point people in the direction of the Congress of Black Women - Waterloo for learning events 12 months of the year.


About …The Congress of Black Women of Canada – Waterloo Chapter

The Chapter was formed in August 1988 at the home of Veronica Norris –Lue.  Twelve women formed the chapter; the first local President was Chloë Callender.

Mission – through programs of education and service, seeks to motivate Black women and their families to participate in and contribute to the life of the communities in which they live.

Membership – open to all Black women over 16 years of age. There is an annual membership fee of $30.00.  Monthly meetings are held from September to June.


  • The  Ladies’ Tea – an annual event held in June at the Green Gables Guest House in Kitchener.
  • The  Annual Awards of Excellence Brunch in conjunction with the CCAWR.  Several scholarships are awarded to Black students who are pursuing Post Secondary education in Canada.
  • Other  events include participation in the Multicultural Festival, the Link Picnic, Afro Fest and Black History Month Celebrations.

Partnershipsthe chapter partners with several local community organizations which have similar mandates:

  • Focus for Ethnic Women
  • The School Sisters of Notre Dame
  • The Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region (CCAWR)
  • The African Women’s Alliance of Waterloo Region
  • The Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre
  • The African Canadian Association of Waterloo Region
  • The Coalition for the Success of African-Caribbean Canadian Youth

Current President is Marcia Smellie –   Contact via e-mail at

Canadian Caribbean Association of KW


Seen here are the 2016  Scholarship Winners as noted in the Waterloo Region Record article on the 15th annual Awards of Excellence hosted by the Congress of Black Women’s Waterloo Region chapter and the Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region. 


The objectives of the Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region (CCAWR) are as follows:

  • To celebrate, promote and support the positive values and traditions of our diverse heritage, and to improve the quality of life of constituents, as well as for others who subscribe to our goals.
  • To provide social, cultural and educational programs, including the awarding of scholarships that meet the needs of the membership and the community.
  • To offer a wide range of culturally sensitive services which support the diverse needs of our constituents.
  • To advocate on behalf of the diverse communities on various economic, social, political, educational and other relevant issues.
  • To foster cultural integration and to help to develop a society in Canada built on the principle of racial justice.
  • To collaborate with agencies and organizations that share similar values and goals.
  • To acquire and hold real and personal property by purchase, bequest, lease or otherwise for the purposes of the Association.

To invest the funds of the Association in any securities in which, under the Ontario Trustee Act, the Board may invest funds, at its discretion.