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.
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…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.