Story and photos by Stephanie Foden
Memorial Park was a sea of vibrant gold, green and black on Aug. 12, as Oshawa celebrated at the Jamaica 50th Anniversary Festival.
The festival, put on by the Canadian Jamaica Club of Oshawa celebrated Jamaica’s 50th year of independence from Britain.
The busy festival highlighted some of Jamaica’s culture with several musical performance and authentic Jamaican food such as jerk chicken, plantain chips and sugar cane.
“We are Jamaican. We are proud. We want to highlight what Jamaica stands for,” said Vinetta Anderson, Secretary of the Canadian Jamaica Club. “We are diverse. We have white-Jamaicans, Jewish-Jamaicans, Chinese-Jamaicans, Portuguese-Jamaicans.”
Oshawa now has the third largest Jamaican population in Canada with approximately 7,000 residents identifying as Jamaican-Canadians.
“The function has been well received by the community,” said Sylvia Weathers, 1st Vice President of the Canadian Jamaican Club.