barbadosbcassoc_comThe Executive of the BCABC

The executive consists of the president and eight members of the board, which are assigned their posts after their first meeting.The terms are for two years and the following persons hold the given posts.
barbadosbcassoc_com-536464President: Eric Drayton

barbadosbcassoc_com-211254Cultural Rep: Barbara Humphrey

barbadosbcassoc_com-7045Program Director: Beverley Drayton

barbadosbcassoc_com-366512Secretary: Joyce Trotman

barbadosbcassoc_com-878353Member at Large: Hyacinth Shreeves

barbadosbcassoc_com-272213Past president: Grafton Rouse.

History of The Barbados Cultural Association of BC

The Barbados Cultural Association of BC (the BCABC) was formed when like-minded expatriates of Barbados addressed the absence of a formal forum for the exchange of cultural ideas among themselves, and with others who share an interest in the cultural affairs of Barbadians.
For several months before she became president, Marilyn Moseley was party to discussions where people felt that there should be such an association, and as a result she decided to take the lead in making the association a reality. After consulting with her husband Paul who is solidly behind her in all her undertakings, she devised a plan of action.
Marilyn spoke to other Barbadians whom she knew was interested in forming an association, and through a close friend Grace Henry, was introduced to other Barbadians of note in the community, for example, Fred Wilson who was later to become Vice- President, Cal Wickham who had been narrowly defeated in his bid for election as a MLA (Liberal) in his Abbotsford riding, and Eric Greenidge a businessman. Further discussions took place, and at the Caribbean Days Festival at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver during the summer of 1994, Marilyn and Paul while manning their own food booth, collected names of other people interested in forming an association. Many people gave their names on that day, and a week later in August at the Caribbean picnic at New Brighton Park in Vancouver. On those two weekends over 150 people signed up to get the association started.
In August, an ad hoc committee which consisted of Marilyn, Paul, Grace, Fred, Cal, Eric, Nigel Alleyne and Carl Carter met at Marilyn’s Langley house for the first time to design further strategy for forming the association. Several issues which include a constitution, membership, an executive, and organizational activities, to name a few, were discussed . One of the decisions made was to approach Barbadians who had organizational experience and solicit their input. Among those contacted were Grafton Rouse who had just completed a hectic seven year stint as President of the Caribe Sports and Social Club, and “Uncle” Dave Henry, who brought experience as a junior warden in the True Resolution Lodge No.16, F and AM, Prince Hall Affiliation. Meetings were held weekly as the committee wanted to go public in November to coincide with the anniversary of Barbados’ independence.
In October 1994 the group met at the Delta home of Eric and Carol Greenidge. Eric is also well known for his contribution to cricket in the lower mainland having played many years for Caribe and other clubs. During a well hosted evening , a constitution was developed and an interim executive was formed. The interim executive consisted of: Marilyn Moseley, President; Fred Wilson, Vice-President; Doris Belgrave, Secretary; Grace Henry, Treasurer; Paul Moseley, Recorder; Caroline Belgrave, Youth Representative; Cal Wickham and Grafton Rouse, Members-at-Large. This interim executive would remained in office and run the affairs of the association until elections were held in November 1995.
The BCABC and went public with a reception on November 14th, 1994 at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 535 E. Broadway in Vancouver. Among the more than sixty people who attended were the Barbados Honorary Consul to BC Annette Goodridge, and Honorary Vice-Consul Harold Saunders. The occasion was chaired by Henderson Trotman, and several people addressed the gathering and wished the association well. Many people took out membership that night and two committees were formed – the program committee and the cultural committee whose work contribute significantly to the mainstay of the BCABC.
Meanwhile, the association had made contact with two key organizations, the Barbados Tourism Authority in Toronto and the Canadian Tourism Authority in Vancouver. These have proven to be valuable resources as the association maintains links with them.
The next public function for the fledgling association was a pot-luck dinner on November 26th. at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House to celebrate Barbados’ independence. Though small by today’s standards, over 75 people attended. It was a very pleasant (no pun intended) evening during which Paul Moseley’s hidden talent as an MC was discovered. Many donated items were auctioned off or given as door prizes thus increasing audience participation. Several Sir Garfield Sobers ties which were given to the association on consignment from the Barbados Tourism Authority proved to be very popular mementos for the male participants who were familiar with Gary Sobers and his cricketing exploits. There were several samplings of food with a predominantly “bajan” flavour which enabled Non-Barbadians to develop a taste for something other than the fast foods easily found in the local ethnic restaurants. Some of these bajan foods for example, pudding- and-souse, coconut bread and mauby, take hours to prepare and minutes to disappear as they are not your everyday type of meal. The event was such a success that the association was requested to make this one of their annual events.
With the opening of the new Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House at 800 E. Broadway, the association decided to make this its home base for monthly meetings and other functions. The association is indebted to Mr. George Jolly, a board member of the Neighbourhood House, for his assistance in securing this venue.
The association’s first year was a successful one. Many people expressed satisfaction with the number and quality of events put on by the association during its first year of operation. The challenge was to make each event an exciting one with as much audience participation as possible; to make everyone feel that their time was well spent.
At the Easter pot-luck dinner well over 100 people attended. Entertainment included drummers, a fashion show, prizes for the oldest person in the room, the person carrying Barbadian money and those answering questions correctly on the Caribbean. There were auctions for adults as well as for kids who were quite willing to spend their parents money while learning the trade. The food was once more well received and garnered many good comments.
On Easter Sunday another fine Barbadian tradition was kept up – kite flying. Again, prizes were given for various categories of kites and the length of time they spent aloft.
The summer dance in June at Cumberland Hall in Surrey was a real success and one of the better attended dances that year as over 250 people partied to the music of Carl’s Sound Vibes.
The BCABC’s booth at the Caribbean Day’s Festival won a prize for the best decorated booth – the first of two years in succession. The Barbados flag flew high atop a replica of a chattel house while hosts wore aprons made in the same colours of the flag – gold and blue.
The boat cruise aboard the MV Abitibi in August was also well attended. The many people who attended were made to feel like tourists and were greeted and bid farewell by the executive who gave each person a ‘tourist’ bag with surprises inside.
There were other smaller events happening that year, but the main attraction to cap the year off was the Independence Dinner and Dance on November 25th. 1995 at the Pacific National Exhibition restaurant. There were several door prizes, however the main prize which everyone hoped to win was the return trip to Barbados compliments of Canadian Holidays with two weeks accommodation at the Golden Sands Hotel. The BCABC would like to thank Mr. Michael Perrin of Hagen’s Travel for his assistance in arranging the prize.
An executive was elected in November 1995 to serve for a two year term. Most of the interim executive were elected to office, however Grace did not stand for election as she was recently elected to a position which would keep her keep her very busy – Worthy Matron of Kuvanna Chapter No. 10, Order of the Eastern Star, the female arm of the Masonic Lodge. Cal Wickham decided not to stand for election as his work schedule affected his availability for meetings.
The association continues to grow in strength and numbers. Membership consists of Barbadians and people from countries such as Canada, England, Germany, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and Surinam.
The Barbados Cultural Association of BC extends warm greetings to all and invites membership from anyone whose cultural interests match those of the association.
Prepared by Grafton Rouse, Treasurer, BCABC
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It was wrested from my control by some outside entity and i was denied access to it and its contents. Due to some George Bush-warfare type tactics, help fromseveral high-paid internet gurus and severe prayer (meaning help from an almighty) we have managed to regain some control of some of the pages.
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BCABC News and Events


BCABC’s Annual Independence Gala 2010

Although we love to look forward to it, most members would admit that such events are best seen in their rearview mirror. It is indeed a stressful time and the organizers know full well of the trials and tribulations they suffer and survive before, during and after the event. Sometimes riding a wave of success for years after, having created a standard of excellence to which all others are compared or sometimes trying to live down utterly dismal decisions and choices that can swing like an albatross around the neck anytime such fiascos are mentioned.

This is known and understood by all the Caribbean associations, community groups and individuals who have ventured into the unforgiving, but sometimes rewarding, waters of entertainment and event planning.

The BCABC’s gala banquet was held on the 13th of November at the Vancouver Hilton in Burnaby, BC.

The weather was good and the hotel has a reputation for delivering a tasty meal. This year’s event saw the return of the famous ‘flying fish’, ending a drought brought about by high prices and , some say, ‘fiscal cooling’. The patrons were not as numerous as at other times but there was a very good turn out from the community without the lure of a prize trip to Barbados.

The entertainment was quite nice, with the antics of the famous duo, Drucilla and Violet, doing a skit of love and opportunity but their early dialogue was hampered by a temperamental sound system. BCABC’s favourite irrepressible senior, Fred Wilson, played the love interest of one of the protagonists. A nice touch was the young fairy ballerina who gracefully danced during the sleep sequences. That they are humourous is not in doubt but the attention span of some in the audience was severely tested by the length of the piece.

The choir and drummers were as of late, devastating. No more offers came from the audience to pay them to stop. The poem, with verses spoken by members of the represented Caribbean islands (and Guyana), was excellent and set the evening with the string of commonality, which indicated that we all came over on the ‘same bus’, but got off at different stops. Tinting the festivities was the recent burial of the late Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon. David Thompson, to whom a minute of silence was devoted. The MC duo of Elise Drayton and Mrs. Michelle De Abreu provided ample excitement for the eyes even if it was a little difficult to hear them sometimes.

In the absence of a guest speaker (none was appointed) three dignitaries representing the Premier of BC, the Mayor of Burnaby and of the opposition NDP, brought greetings and messages.

In spite of the ubiquitous grumblings and facial contortions of dissatisfactions by some, complaints and nit-picks by others I had quite a nice time. Some said I was like a dog off-leash. I enjoyed meeting and re-acquainting myself with seldom-seen friends, looking at all the beautiful young …er, people and marveling at the former babies who were now legal to drink publicly. I am still in awe of the young lady who won the 50/50 draw worth much money and then won the ‘money-tree’ (an ornamental tree festooned with lottery tickets) worth millions. This same young lady had won the money tree previously at one of the BCABC’s banquets…what a lucky woman.


Barbados in 3D


Differences in culture between (three) Caribbean countries…

Still more perspective on Barbados abd Bajans…


The Editor,

No matter how long you teach a fool, he still knows everything, Leonid Sukhorukov.

If we are convinced as a nation that, ‘by losing ground in our schools we’ve also lost ground in our economy’, then we need to treat education

as a national emergency. Not far from Jamaica, is a tiny island with a better than First-World educational system. With far less resources, they have managed to outperform us in education and health care.

Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, a reporter for the United States newspaper The Oregonian reveals mind-boggling statistics about this tiny island (Barbados). It defies notions of black educational inferiority and underachievement. It graduates 98 per cent of its high school students; 53 per cent go on to college. This 90 per cent black nation not far from the US shores has the second-highest literacy rate in the world, with 99.7 per cent of its population literate, it falls one-tenth of a point behind the three nations tied for first in the world: Cuba, Estonia and Poland.
The key to this country’s success is fourfold-high expectations for all students, strict discipline, substantial education spending and a culture that embraces education as a form of nationalism.

I cannot perceive of meeting someone in my society who can’t read, says Dr James Carmichael, a former secondary school teacher and computer scientist. This tiny island funnels a fifth of its national budget into education and spends 6.9 per cent of its entire gross national product on education. Students there attend school for free from pre-kindergarten to university.

The Government also provides free breakfast and lunch to all students. In health care all its nationals of all ages have universal free access to health care, something Jamaica is struggling to maintain while the opposition is convinced we can’t afford it.

All of these factors help place this country first among developing nations on the United Nations Human Development Index, an indicator of not just a nation’s wealth but its quality of life. Teachers in this tiny island are held in esteem and disrespectful behaviour isn’t tolerated; the ultimate tool in their disciplinary arsenal remains corporal punishment.

To tell you the truth Maxine Henry-Wilson and Andrew Holness, mi shame like dawg! Our government and opposition are more concerned with chasing windscreen wipers off the streets and into the waiting arms of gangs, running down poor higglers trying to eke out a living in the most deplorable conditions imaginable and defending ‘dons’ while telling us how much they love the poor.

I am, etc.,



Siloah PO, St Elizabeth

Consular Page

The Queen’s Royal Jubilee celebrations are taking place throughout the Commonwealth and Victoria, capital of British Columbia, was no exception. Doing their parts representing their respective countries were the honorary consuls for Barbados and Jamaica, Mrs. Marilyn Moseley and Mrs. Wilma King-Bennet.
Below are some photos.






CIBCs Lunar Fest (Chinese New Year) reception in Vancouver


…I also chatted with the honorary consuls for Barbados and Jamaica, who shared stories about how people from those countries have contributed to Canada.

Marilyn Moseley, who represents Barbados in Vancouver, mentioned that Major-General Richard Clement-Moody—the first lieutenant-governor of the Colony of British Columbia—was born in Barbados. The City of Port Moody is named after him.

The first governor of British Columbia, Sir James Douglas, was born in Guyana, but his mother came from Barbados, according to Moseley.

From what I understand, Gov. Douglas encouraged the blacks to come up from San Francisco, she said. Many settled in the Victoria area during Douglas’s time in office from 1858 to 1864.

Douglas also oversaw the negotiation of treaties with aboriginal people on Vancouver Island.

Moseley explained that a new book called Some Barbadian Canadians: A Biographical Dictionary tells the stories of 400 people from the Caribbean nation who’ve made a positive mark on Canada.

Douglas, however, was excluded because there was a lot of controversy around his mother’s nationality, she said.

Moseley herself is in the book, as are prominent local neurosurgeon Dr. Winston Gittens and B.C. Children’s Hospital pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Paul Steinbok, who both hail from Barbados.

Pictured above: The honorary consul for Barbados, Marilyn Moseley, Vancouver councillor Raymond Louie, Jamaica honorary consul Wilma King-Bennett, and her daughter Kristen Waul-Bennett discussed Black History Month.


Meanwhile, Jamaica will soon release a similar book to celebrate its 50th year of independence. Wilma King-Bennett, the local honorary consul, told me that Jamaicans in Canada—When Ackee Meets Codfish will feature more than 250 Jamaican Canadians, including former Vancouver NDP MLA and human-rights activist Rosemary Brown, who was born in Jamaica. Brown nearly won the federal NDP leadership in 1975. Later, she became chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Ackee is our national dish, King-Bennett said. And codfish comes from Canada. Hence, the title of the book.

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