British Columbia Organization of Caribbean Cultural Associations
By Grafton Rouse
Grafton Rouse is a nurse from Barbados. He is Program Coordinator for the Caribbean Community Health Support Group which is a standing committee within the British Columbia Organization of Caribbean Cultural Associations.
They did it, they did it, yes, they did it. The British Columbia Organization of Caribbean Cultural Associations (BCOCCA) held its first Caribbean Culture Expo on October 1st, 2016 at the Allan Emmott Center in Burnaby. With the help of a small grant from the British Columbia Government BCOCCA was able to plan and organize an event which allowed Caribbean nations to showcase their culture in the form of music, art and food. This was the first event of its kind and many people who attended were so pleased with what they saw that they said this should become an annual event.
The Caribbean Culture Expo was coordinated between BCOCCA with Neville Thomas as President and the Caribbean Community Health Support Group (CCHSG) operating under the auspices of BCOCCA with Grafton Rouse as Program Coordinator.
The objective of the Expo was to enhance and promote Caribbean Culture and bring awareness to some of the traditions handed down by our Caribbean ancestors. While there are many facets of Caribbean life worth exploring, it was felt that showcasing music, art and food was a good way to start.
Read more: caribbean-culture-expo-2016
BCOCCA website: http://www.bcocca.ca/