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The Jamaican Canadian Association Alberta (JCAA) was formed in 1980 out of a need to share the Jamaican culture with the wider Calgary community.
Since it’s inception, the JCAA has initiated and/or supported several community events and participated in activities in Jamaica, within and outside the City of Calgary. The Association has been an integral part of the Caribbean Community Council and it’s Caribbean festival, Carifest, participating in such activities as the Parade, Ms. Carifest Pageant, the Gospel Concert and the Sunshine Festival on Prince’s Island Park.
In order to maintain communication among its members, the JCAA publishes a quarterly newsletter, hosts a number of social events throughout the year, and hosts a general meeting on the last Saturday of each month.
The JCAA is an active member of the NCSOJ. Each year, we send delegates to the Annual Assembly of the Council, as well as various symposiums and workshops across Canada. These events have given both our older members and youth, the opportunity to participate in initiatives, discussions, and planning at the national level.
Objectives of the Association
* To provide social interaction among members and facilitate desirable relations with the community at large
* To advocate and represent our Jamaican community on public matters which affect their welfare, integration and satisfactory development
* To respond to diverse social needs
* To provide leadership and opportunities to enhance the economic, and cultural integration within the Canadian society