Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton
EDUCATION | CULTURE | COMMUNITY | HARMONY
We offer a variety of programs aimed at engaging all members of the community including youth, adults, and seniors.
Inspire the Leaders of Tomorrow
Youth ages 12 to 18 are invited to participate in our Youth Leadership in Action workshops which use various art forms to explore the topics of cultural identity, conflict resolution, time management, and goal setting. The Halton Regional Police Service is our partner in this program. Eligible participants earn volunteer hours towards their high school community service requirement. To view the 2020 program, click here.
Discover the Joy of Music with Steelpan Lessons
We offer a unique cross-generational program that invites both youth and seniors to learn the art of steelpan. Improve concentration and memory while socializing and having fun!
Discover the Joy of Music with Parang Lessons
Parang is a popular folk music originating from Trinidad and Tobago and is practiced throughout the Caribbean. It was brought to Trinidad by Venezuelan migrants who were primarily of Amerindian, Spanish, and African heritage, all reflected in the music itself. Parang is derived from two Spanish words: parranda, meaning "a spree or fete", and parar, meaning "to stop." Learn to play the ukulele, cuatro, guitar or selection of percussion instruments.
From Clef Notes to Canvas
An interactive and facilitated art session that takes emotion felt from songs to fuel creation on canvas. It's where creativity, music and awareness meet. This program is for adults. Painting experience is not required. Session facilitated by Omar ‘Oms’ Hopkinson, a member of Arts Milton Board of Directors. For more information, click here.
No One Goes Hungry in Halton
CCAH has partnered with Food For Life and various Halton restaurants to provide warm free meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meals can be picked up at our designated locations. If transportation is an issue, our volunteers can deliver. If you know someone with food insecurities that could benefit from a warm meal, please contact Andrew@ccah.ca or NOGHHaltonON@gmail.com to arrange for meal distribution. Currently, programs are offered in Milton and Oakville, Acton and Georgetown. We are working to include Burlington. Program will continue to the end of March 2021.
Working with local chefs, CCAH has created six educational cooking classes that focus on cultural foods. Videos will be released throughout 2021 on the CCAH YouTube channel. Check out this teaser for Episode 1. Check out this teaser for Episode 2.
Canada Summer Jobs
CCAH partners with Employment and Social Development Canada to help young people between the ages of 15 and 30, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to transition successfully into the labour market.
Creative Cultural Exchange
In 2017, CCAH began working with Sheridan and has since been collaborating on numerous initiatives as a valuable form of creative cultural exchange. For more information on the launch of this collaboration, click here.
Find Your Rhythm with Hip Hop Dance
In 2016, we offered hip hop dance classes for children ages 6 to 14 on Sunday afternoons. For more information on this past program, click here.
Experience a Dynamic Afro-Caribbean Dance Class
The CCAH partnered with Ballet Creole to provide recreational beginner level classes of traditional African-Caribbean dance. Each class was led by a professional Ballet Creole Instructor accompanied by percussionists on African drums.
Have Fun with Arts and Crafts
We offered the community free art classes directed towards bridging the gap between seniors and teens. Local artists provided instruction on a variety of artistic mediums. For more information on this program, click here.