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 non-profit Society was formed in February 1994, to continue the work started by the British Columbia Black History Awareness Committee. Since March 2019 the Society is a charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency.

The Society’s purpose is to:

  • To advance education by researching, documenting and disseminating information to the general public about the past, present and future contributions and achievements of Black people to British Columbia to increase understanding and awareness, promote diversity and overcome stereotypes; and
  • To benefit the community by advancing knowledge, preservation, and displaying of items of historical significance concerning Black British Columbians; and
  • To advance education by organizing and implementing conferences, workshops, presentations and cultural information programs to bring together diverse people within the public at large who have an interest in promoting, educating and learning about British Columbia and Canadian Black history and people; and
  • To advance education by presenting programs to encourage youth and children to develop an interest in the achievements of Black people in British Columbia and Canada as part of developing an interest in their community and the world; and
  • To benefit the community through promoting racial diversity by offering education, assistance and opportunities for Black people in British Columbia who face unique social and economic barriers to incorporate into the multicultural society of Canada.
  • Read more about our History and how we fulfill our purpose.
  • 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, 2020 to September 30, 2021:

President: Silvia Mangue Alene
Vice President: Mavis DeGirolamo
Secretary: Fran Morrison
Treasurer: Paul Schachter
Director at Large: Karen Hoshal
Past President: Mavis DeGirolamo