About Us

The British Columbia Black History Awareness Society (BCBHAS) celebrates the achievements of Black people in British Columbia by creating an awareness of the history of Blacks in B.C., stimulating interest in the contributions of persons of African ancestry to B.C. and Canada today, and celebrating historical and current achievements in the arts, education, government, sports, science etc.
The Society is a non-profit society, formed in February, 1994, to continue the work started by the British Columbia Black History Awareness Committee.

The Society’s mandate is to:

  • Educate, disseminate, and support Black British Columbians’ achievements past, present, and future.
  • Bring together diverse groups of people who have an interest in promoting, education, and learning about BC and Canadian Black history.
  • Promote diversity in BC’s social, economic, and political spectrum.
  • Encourage youth and children to develop an interest in the achievements of Black people in BC and Canada as well as developing an interest in their history, culture, community and the world.
  • BCBHAS Bylaws 2018

What can the BCBHAS do for you?

  • Provide a sense of community for people with an interest in BC Black History and Black history in general.
  • Provide social and educational activities for families and individuals.
  • Help you develop skills in public/community relations, communications, event planning and management, non-profit operations and administration.

What can you do for the BCBHAS?

  • Support BCBHAS events and activities.
  • Share this website
  • Become a member and contribute your talents, skills, and ideas to our committees and at general meetings.
  • Donate to the Society.

Board of Directors: October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019:

President: Silvia Mangue Alene
Vice President: Karen Hoshal
Secretary: Fran Morrison
Treasurer: Beth Cruise
Directors at Large: Annie Djiotsa, Valin Marshall, Ron Nicholson, Gary Withers
Past President: Mavis DeGirolamo