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On Nov. 21st, 2020 Project 99A board member Kamala-Jean Gopie received The 2020 NELSON MANDELA HUMANITARIAN AWARD presented at The 2020 EXCELLENCE AWARDS program presented by Afroglobal Television.  We congratulate her on this outstanding achievement and want her to know we’re so proud of her!

In addition to her involvement in Project 99A Kamala-Jean Gopie has served as an educator, politician and philanthropist. She was President of the Jamaican Canadian Association from 1979 to 1980; Chair on Urban Alliance on Race Relations, and founding Director of Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) in 1982. She received the Order of Ontario, served as a Governor of the University of Toronto, and also served on the Federal Immigration and Refugee Board. Kamala was instrumental in organizing a dinner for the legendary Desmond Tutu in Toronto. The University of Toronto offers a Kamala-Jean Gopie Award. She is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Kamala’s philanthropy includes Beatrice House, a homeless shelter; Harbourfront; Sick Kids; Royal Ontario Museum and the Toronto International Film Festival. She holds a BA and a Master of Education degree from the University of Toronto. She served as an elementary school teacher, librarian, equity consultant and a university lecturer. She met an underprivileged Malawian young man in Cape Town, South Africa which led her to work with The People Bridge Charitable Foundation to build a school, water borehole to support the lives of those living in a small village in Malawi, Africa. The school was named after her. It became a relief centre after cyclone Idah.
Other awards and distinguished winners include:
The 2020 MARCUS GARVEY AWARD–H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana Chair, Economic Community of West African States
The 2020 LEADERSHIP AWARD–Wes Hall Founder, Kingsdale Advisors KSS Group and BlackNorth
The 2020 GLOBAL IMPACT AWARD–Usain Bolt, The World’s Fastest Man Olympic & World Record Sprinter
The 2020 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AWARD–Dr. Eugenia Duodu, Chief Executive Officer
Visions Of Science Network For Learning
The 2020 RENAISSANCE AWARD–Dr. Maulana Karenga, Creator of the Pan-African Holiday Kwanzaa, Professor and Chair, Department of Africana Studies, California State University, Long Beach
The 2020 ENTERTAINMENTAWARD–David Oyelowo, Hollywood Star, Director & Producer
The 2020 ENTERPRISE AWARD–Dennis Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer, Starlight Capital & Co-Founder, Black Opportunity Fund
The 2020 HERITAGE AWARD–Neema Mugala, Founder and Director, Sifa Choir Associate, Malaika, Cheza & Voices of Praise
The 2020 RISING STAR AWARD–Brandon Gonez, Reporter & Anchor CP24, Toronto’s Breaking News
The 2020 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD–Joan Pierre, Founder & President Joan Pierre & Associates
The 2020 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. LEGACY AWARD–Marlon Reid, Director, Business Effectiveness Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
The 2020 COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD–Evelyn Myrie, Founder, EMpower Strategy Group &
President, Afro Canadian Caribbean Association
The 2020 PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD–Adebayo Jones, Fashion Designer, Consultant
& Television Series Host
The 2020 VISIONARY AWARD–Chris Campbell, Equity & Diversity Representative Carpenter’s District Council of Ontario
The 2020 MEDIA AWARD–Patricia Marie Scarlett, Founder, Media Business Institute & Scarlett Media Group
More details about the awards and winners are available at:  https://myemail.constantcontact.com/TOMORROW—-THE-2020-EXCELLENCE-AWARDS-BY-AFROGLOBAL-TELEVISION.html?soid=1101744887454&aid=XAuWRQTjkWo