Executive Director, Jane Finch Concerned Citizens Organization & President, African Canadian Communication & Broadcasting Corporation (ACCBC), Toronto, ON. Born: Guyana.
72-year-old Winston LaRose is the director of the Jane Finch Concerned Citizens Organization. Every year, he works closely with Tropicana Community Services in providing summer job opportunities for youth. Since 1997, Winston and the JFCCO have collaborated with post-secondary institutions to provide Field Placement opportunities, and the facility for supervision of their students, in an appropriate work place environment. Participating students come from the Undergraduate Social Work program at York University, as well as Social services Worker Programs from City College George Brown, Humber College, Seneca College King Campus, Medix College and MircoSkills, among others.
As President of African Canadian Communication & Broadcasting Corporation, Winston is in the process of producing a documentary depicting the journey of a group of Jamaican and African-Canadian youth to Ghana in 1997. The project has been created to aid the African Heritage Education Network (AHEN) in their proposed plan to take 25 African-Canadian male youth to Ghana in March of 2010, and is funded by the Toronto District School Board.
Winston is also in his second term as Vice-President of Caribana (the Caribana Arts Group – CAG). In this capacity, he is spearheading the initiative to launch the first Caribana Festival in York region in 2011, using the town of Richmond Hill as the focal centre. From the first Caribana in 1967, Winston has been attending and participating in the annual Parades, in Toronto and Montreal. He is also the Founding Chair of the Kiddies’ Carnival. From his earliest years of community involvement, Winston has been prolific in documenting community and social events, such as track & field meets, Caribana parades, protest marches, First Friday’s, the Applause Institute Cotillion Ball, and many more.
Community: Winston has made enormous contributions to community building and advocacy: in 1966, he co-founded the and was the Vice-President of the Hamilton Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association (HGCCA); active member of the Ontario Black History Society in the early 90’s; introduced the Women on the Move Sewing Program in 1999; and later developed a children’s program at Stanley Public School, and at Brookeview Middle School.
Other: Presented a major paper on “New World Festivals”, and their inheritance of an African legacy, at an international colloquium in Brasilia, Brazil; formed the African Canadian Communication & Broadcasting Corporation (ACCBC) in 1994.
Honours: inclusion in Who’s Who in Black Canada (2002); Harry Jerome Award for Community Service; humanitarian award from the Haitian community; Award of Excellence from Humber College; Excellence Award for Partnership from Seneca College; Award from Black Action Defence Community; won awards at the Ontario Canadian Masters Championships in the following events: 100M, 200M, long jump, and high jump (2010).
Favourite book? Any book on the history of the antiquity of the African in the the Black world, because the world needs to know and acknowledge the truth and give the credit where it belongs. Since I am a documentarian of human history; it is this zeal in my spirit that motivates me to the do the excessive reading, writing, and production that I do.
Favourite quote? “We as African people are the envy of the world an enormous bundle of success; as soon as we ourselves individually recognize the reality of those facts.” – WWL
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Win at the World Masters Championship to be held in Sacramento, California in August of next year.
Who inspires you? Those who motivate and inspire others and young people in particular.
Why do you do what you do? I want to continue to live a vibrant and spectacular life, full of accomplishments until I reach 100-years-old.