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African Heritage Month Essay Competition and Book Launch

11050005Cherry Brook, February 19, 2016

The Black Cultural Centre in partnership with RBC hosted the second annual Atlantic region Black History Month Essay competition. This competition is part of a larger national competition that RBC has been offering since 2012. An audience of over 200 high school students from across the province took part in the event, which featured guest speakers and essay presentations from the local finalists.

RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) asked high school students applying to Canadian colleges or universities to tell us their stories of how black Canadians have helped define Canada’s heritage.

Students from across the country sent in their essays.

Throughout February, we’re celebrating Canada’s history and its future by publishing the 25 scholarship winners. Congratulations to all the winners!

$5,000 scholarship winner:
Kikachukwu Otiono, Colonel By Secondary School (Ottawa, ON)
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$2,500 scholarship winner:
Jillian Conrad, Auburn Drive High School (Dartmouth, NS)
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$1,500 scholarship winner:
Jarvis Bernard, Auburn Drive High School (Dartmouth, NS)
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In addition to the Essay Completion the event also included the launch of a new book titled “Viola Desmond’s Canada” written by Dr. Graham Reynolds and Wanda Robson. Both were on hand at the Centre to mark this special celebration.

For more information about the RBC Essay program visit: http://www.rbc.com/essay/

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