Inaugural Black Excellence Awards & Gala held in Chatham

Over the weekend, in a ceremony, held at Retro Suites, the first ever, Black Excellence Awards & Gala was held.

This sold-out event was the crowning moment for Chatham – Kent’s Black History Month and did not disappoint, organizers say.

The room was electric with enthusiasm and nominee’s and guest sat on the edge of their seats at awards were announced in the following categories:

– Female of the Year – Tammy Lucas

– Male of the Year – Blake Handsor

– Black Owned Business of the Year – Yardie Vibez

– Agriculturalist of the Year – Kiaya Farms

– Youth of the Year – Camryn Dudley

– Citizen of the Year – Mike “Bear” Rhan

“It’s great to see our community and the greater community celebrated,” said Shannon Prince co-chair of the event, in a press release.

“We have never assembled such a prestigious group of community leaders.”

Doug Robbins, co-chair of the event, added: “They say it’s an honour just to be nominated and it truly is. Everyone that stood for nomination has had a profound effect on our community and our culture, and for that they should all be applauded. Our goal was to elevate and celebrate both our community and those role models that make a difference, and we think we did, just that.”

Michelle Robbins, co-chair of the event and Curator of Buxton National Historic Site and Museum, said their ‘Trailblazer’ award was a very special award.

“This person is selected on their positive impact and accomplishments to our community and culture,” she said, in a media release.

“This award recipient is Artis Lane.”

More details can be found, here.

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