The Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton (CCAH) was established in 1977 as a non-profit organization that has since gained charitable status. The organization promotes awareness that unity in diversity, full and active participation, unbiased inclusion, and the capacity to value differences equally are essential to the social, cultural, and economic growth of Halton Region.
Membership is open to anyone who shares our interests and supports the objectives of the organization. There is also an opportunity for youth to get involved in a wide range of activities and programs.
Veronica Tyrrell Park - Veronica Tyrrell Day August 27
We would like to acknowledge the passing of Veronica Tyrrell on October 7, 2018. Veronica was the long-time President of CCAH and was instrumental in expanding the organization's profile within the community. She was an exemplary community leader and a tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, but her legacy will not be forgotten. In her honour, His Worship Mayor Rob Burton proclaimed August 27 as Veronica Tyrrell Day in Oakville, the day in 2022 when the Town formally dedicated a park in her name: Veronica Tyrrell Park, 3183 Buttonbush Trail, Oakville.
Education We work closely with the Halton Region schools to create a positive impact among the students who are directly engaged in our exhibits and programs throughout the year.
Culture We established a steel band program that involves the broader community - people of all ages and backgrounds - and creates the opportunity to discover the joy of music in a unique way that is fun and easy to learn. Other programs include New Horizons for Seniors, Parang, Sizzlin’ Halton Caribbean Cooking, a library Reading Corner focusing on Black authors in Milton, and Black history bike and walking tours in Oakville.
Community We participate in numerous community events including the Black History Month, Emancipation Day, Culture Days and the Carousel of Nations. The goal is to ensure that the larger community is aware that the Caribbean community is committed to contributing to the Halton community.
Harmony We participate in and sponsor research studies that help provide insight and a better understanding of diversity in Halton Region. The CCAH also partners with the Halton Regional Police Service to enhance their community-based policing approach as well as co-deliver diversity and youth-focused programs.
These four core values are beautifully captured in local artist Beverly Tang-Kong's painting entitled "The Spirit of Angels". This artwork was incorporated into the CCAH logo. Many thanks to graphic designer Danielle Pitt for helping us to reflect this piece in our website.
Who We Are
Our leadership team comprises a diverse group of individuals who have a rich background in all facets of business and governance.
Board of Directors for 2022-2023 Andrew Tyrrell - President Sheldon Williams - Vice President Richard Pinnock - Youth Leadership Programs Katherine Dottin-Adams - Treasurer Paula Simmons-Wint - Secretary Pamela Chase - Member Sergeant Ryan Smith - HRPS Community Liaison Rajan Sandhu - Legal Counsel Saud Juman - Member