The Jamaica50 Steering Committee believes any celebration of Jamaica's independence should result in lasting benefits to the Jamaican Diaspora in Canada, the Canadian society at large, and to the global community.



The Jamaica 55 Celebration Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that has established
a Steering Committee for Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area to plan an
exciting and wide-ranging program of events and activities. The Committee’s goal
is to show case the outstanding contributions of Jamaicans In Canada; to foster
tourism to Jamaica; to encourage youth of Jamaican heritage to be better informed
and to support Jamaica; and to provide a legacy to Jamaica and Canada through
charitable and other social and cultural initiatives. The Toronto Committee will
also collaborate with various community organizations in celebrating the 55th
anniversary. These are the persons responsible for planning and bringing you
Jamaica 50 Celebration Events in Toronto:

The Co-Chairs

Joe Halstead
Pamela Appelt
Howard Shearer

Jamaica 55 Committee

Joe Halstead, Pamela Appelt & Howard Shearer– Co-Chairs
Mr. Lloyd Wilkes, Consulate General Of Jamaica Toronto
Trevor Massey
Adoma Patterson
Michael Carter
Marsha Brown
Nadine Spencer
Raven Skyye
Kamala Jean Gopie
Carl James
Michele Halsall
Andrea Davis
Kwesim Thomas
Marcia Francis