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Jun
06

Historic Application for Incorporation

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Jun
06

How We Were Born

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May
04

GEPAC OBSERVES 20TH ANNIVERSARY

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Ontario’s Minister of Education, Mitzie Hunter, presents commemoration plaque to  GEPAC’s president, John O’Dell.

 

 Ontario’s Minister of Education, Mitzie Hunter, presents commemoration plaque to  GEPAC’s president, John O’Dell.

 

…Ontario’s premier lauds contributions to province

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TWO weeks after its counterparts from the Guyana Ex-Police Association of America (GEPAOA) celebrated their golden jubilee, the Guyana Ex-Police Association of Canada

Minister Hunter greets GEPAOA president, Leroy Charles, in the presence of O’Dell.
(GEPAC) observed its 20th anniversary with a gala dinner and dance last Saturday night at the Rembrandt Banquet Hall, Scarborough, Toronto.
And as evidenced at GEPAO’s celebration when GEPAC lend its unwavering support, the New Yorkers, led by president Leroy Charles, turned up in large numbers in a show of camaraderie to mark the auspicious occasion which also saw Ontario’s Minister of Education, Mitzie Hunter in attendance.

The Jamaican-born Hunter, who represented Ontario’s Premier Kathleen Wynne, delivered a personal message from the Liberal leader, offering special congratulations to members of GEPAC on achieving the milestone anniversary,and commending them for “the important role you play in enhancing the life of the community and in highlighting the richness and vibrancy of Guyanese culture.”
According to the premier, “the members of this diverse and dynamic community are an integral part of our multicultural success story and they continue to make Ontario an even better place to live. I am grateful for their many enduring contributions to the social, economic and cultural life of our province.”

Minister Hunter greets GEPAOA president, Leroy Charles, in the presence of O’Dell.

Hunter also showered praise on GEPAC and the leadership of its president, John O’Dell, before handing over a commemoration plaque on behalf of Premier Wynne. Alluding to the fact that GEPAC’s sister organization, the GEPAOA, celebrated its 50th anniversary this year as well, O’Dell told the packed audience that his organization is inspired to aspire. “Fifty years is certainly a milestone and I can only say thank you to GEPAOA for their leadership, their tenacity, and their drive to excel. I am certain that in another 50 years, you will be at a different plateau in your organization. We love you, we appreciate all of you and we certainly intend to learn from you.”

According to O’Dell, “as we celebrate 20 years of fellowship, camaraderie and community work, we reflect on our accomplishments and the things we are yet to do. Our goals are simple: To be a sisterhood and brotherhood for each other and to embrace the community at large, thereby making our world a better place.”

The GEPAC president also paid tribute to the work of women in Ontario, singling out Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Mitzie Hunter, whose “work ethic and her devotion to public service can only propel her to greater things. Then we have Luann Jones, who leads Canada’s first black-owned funeral home. I have seen the work she does and it is remarkable. Then we continue to uplift our strong women in politics, in that of Mishelle Butters. May your path be guided to success, no matter which way you turn.”

O’Dell reminded the audience that GEPAC had earlier in the week laid to rest one of its founding member and stalwart in that of Roger Mattar, who served as president during the period 2009 – 2011. Mattar joined the then British Guiana Police Force in 1961 and in his various assignments, earned quite a reputation in the Canine unit as a dog-handler.

In paying tribute to the late Mattar, O’Dell declared that “we thank the universe for allowing us to know Roger Mattar; as he will be sorely missed.”
Guyana’s High Commissioner to Canada Clarissa Riehl, who was represented by Consul at the Guyana Consulate in Toronto, Mishelle Butters, pointed out that GEPAC’s desired objectives “to improve your community and to preserve Guyana’s culture and heritage are laudable.”

According to the high commissioner, Guyanese come from a rich multicultural, multiracial, multi-religious background and our ability to live harmoniously with each other and celebrate each other religious and other activities is a worthy heritage.”
Congratulatory messages were also received from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; Mayor of Toronto, John Tory; Toronto Chief of Police, Mark Saunders; GEPAOA president, Leroy Charles; Alliance of Guyanese Canadian Organisations and the Guyana Ex-Soldiers Association of Canada.

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Apr
01

Sister Joy is the new Vice-President of the AGCO

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Sister Joy Simon, a long-standing member of the Guyana Ex-Police Association of Canada (GEPAC), is the new Vice-President of the Alliance of Guyanese Canadian Organizations (AGCO).

She was acclaimed to this position after being nominated by GEPAC Vice-President Lance Alexander and seconded by President John O’Dell at annual elections held on January 22, 2017.

Sis. Simon held several executive positions in GEPAC, including the post of Vice-President.  She is also a recipient of the African Canadian Achievement Awards for Excellence in Community Service.

Other members of the AGCO’s executive are:  Mr. Michael Narain – President, Fern Bovell – Secretary, Angela Thomas – Public Relations Officer, and Gordon Winter – Treasurer.  The Patron is Mr. Frank Fernandes.

The AGCO was formed in May 1991 as an umbrella organization to unite the many Guyanese organizations/groups in Toronto, collaborating on issues important to the Guyanese Canadian community.

Member Organizations are Bishops High School Alumni, Century 21 Leading Edge Real Estate, Committee to Assist Buxton/Friendship, Guyana Ex-Police Association of Canada (GEPAC), Guyana Ex-Soldiers Association of Canada (GESAC), Guyanese Pioneer Fund-Raising Group, Senior Guyanese Friendship Association, St. Joseph High Alumni, Tutorial High Alumni and Queens College Alumni Association.

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Apr
01

President John O’Dell is a shining star in our community

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 President John ODell is a shining star in our community

johnodell-ACAA1President of the Guyana Ex-Police Association of Canada (GEPAC) Bro. John O’Dell, was recently acknowledged for his vital role with the award of  a beautiful trophy for “Excellence in Community Service”.

This honor was bestowed upon our Brother at the February 25, 2017 African Canadian Achievement Awards (ACAA) of Excellence ceremony at the St. Lawrence Centre in downtown Toronto.  The organization was founded 33 years ago by Mr. Michael L. Van Cooten, publisher of PRIDE magazine, who also serves as Chair and CEO.

Bro. John’s life is grounded in service to others, amply demonstrated in the many organizations with which he is associated.  He is a member of the Organization of Black Law Enforcers, a Past President of the Alliance of Guyanese Canadian Organizations (AGCO), and a board member of the Church of the Nativity (Scarborough).  He is a national representative of Unifor, one of the country’s largest trade unions, and is on the board of directors of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.

He graciously accepted the award on behalf of grassroot community workers all over the world.

The following are excerpts from Bro. John’s address to the sold-out audience at the awards ceremony:

“When I think of the short distance between good and evil or doing the right thing versus doing the wrong thing, I thank God for the choices He directed me to make. I thank God for women in my life, who are my role models and my inspiration; specifically my mother, my aunt, my late grandmother, my second mothers and all women in general. I am grateful for lessons they taught me and continue to teach me. I am thankful to the selection committee of the ACAA for even considering my work in the community, no matter how small, to be vital enough to be brought to the forefront. I am thankful that I am blessed with a job that protects the rights of women and all workers alike. This is not to suggest that the men in my life aren’t equally as important but my passion seem to have been, and perhaps will always be the protection of the rights of women and children.”

“I got into volunteerism as a direct result of an invitation from my aunt and my passion for looking after the rights of others. I am thankful for the opportunity to help and for those lives I have the privilege to guide.”

johnodell-ACAA2To young people, “Always remember, you are here for a purpose. The road of life is filled with twists and turns, ups and downs, and most certainly some disappointment, but you must be strong and determined and have perseverance, and your purpose and dream will become a reality.”

“You have the responsibility to use anyone and everyone as your mentor and guide; whether it is your mother, father, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, ministers, bankers or friends.”

“It is crucial that you do not allow yourselves to be caught up in anyone else’s drama. You must develop a social conscience, invest your time in something that will touch the life of someone else and eventually make the world a better place. Whatever your path is in life, let no one obstruct your way. You have the ability, talent and responsibility to achieve.”

“Remember that we are a people of strength, courage, resilience and endurance. Most importantly, be the change you want to see in the world. There is no excuse for failure.”

“For my adult counterparts, encourage volunteerism with your children and grandchildren. Encourage dialogue with any young person you encounter. If you allow yourself to not be judgmental, you automatically become an authority for young people to turn to when they’re in need. You too can be a vehicle for change, if you are receptive to young people and their ideas. Teach them, mold them and care them.”

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Apr
19

2016 ANNIVERSARY BALL – COMMEMORATING GUYANAS’ 50TH INDEPENDENCE

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Oct
12

2015 REMEMBRANCE BRUNCH

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Nov
01

2014 Remembrance Brunch

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Apr
26

2014 Annual Ball

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Apr
19

PLAQUE PRESENTED TO GEPAC

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PLAQUE PRESENTED TO GEPAC

The Guyana Ex-Police Association of Canada (GEPAC) was honoured with a plaque from Toronto City Councillor, Dr. Raymond Cho, at the organization’s 2012 Annual Remembrance Day Brunch.

As usual, the event was celebrated at the Rembrandt Banquet Hall and according to Dr. Cho, “This special event is a great opportunity to honour the hard work of countless brave men and women who selflessly dedicate their lives to service, and we pay our respects to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  Today also provides us a chance to reaffirm our commitment to strive for peace and goodwill between all persons, within each community, and across every nation.”

 Dr. Cho who represents Ward 42,Scarborough-RougeRiver, showered praise and sincerely thanked members of GEPAC, their supporters, friends and volunteers for organizing this wonderful event, and he commended us for our commitment in recognizing the fallen heroes, especially those brave police officers who sacrificed their lives.

The plaque was accepted by Lance Alexander, who was President of GEPAC at that time.

 

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