Saturday 26 August 2023

Saturday, August 26, 2023

FLo’s Seniors- Celebrating 5 Years of Excellence

By Joy Osiagwu Editorial Associate

It was a delightful evening at the Prime Venue Banquet Centre for many seniors of Afro-Caribbean descent in Ottawa, the capital city. The event was the celebration of the fifth anniversary of Flo’s Seniors-Health and Care Programs Network created by Joan Robinson in honor of her parents, Florence, and Milton Robinson. The network promotes the independence and well-being of older adults in Ottawa by disseminating information, programs, and services that could add value to the lives of seniors.

Joan Robinson, Executive Director, Flo’s Seniors Health & Care Program Network

They sure looked good and excited to celebrate an organization that genuinely provides services to sustain their daily lives through food delivery, home care, maintenance, dedicated outreach, and engagement in the last five years.

At. Vincent & Grenadines Association President, Suzette Small-Weekes, bottom left, was all smiles at the gala

 Flo’s Seniors radiated joy and happiness at the inspirational work of the team and volunteers who have served to relieve loneliness and isolation for them over the years through fitness and recreational means.

Black History Ottawa President, June Girvan, right, was in good spirits at the gala

The leadership of the organization stressed the importance of the annual event to honor remarkable individuals who have shaped the community with their wealth of wisdom and resilience in the face of challenges. They recalled with nostalgia the achievements of those living and departed honorees.

Some of the guests at the gala
Some of the guests at the gala

Despite the aggressive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization recognized seniors in the community in 2020. For Joanne Robinson, the Executive Director-Founder, of Flo’s Seniors, developing mutually beneficial strategic community partnerships to achieve the objectives and vision of the network has been a remarkable achievement.

Black History Ottawa Board members with Black Ottawa Scene staffers

Accordingly, community partners showed up in solidarity, noticeably being the teams from the Jamaican Ottawa Community Association, Black History Ottawa, Black Ottawa Scene, African Canadian Association of Ottawa (ACAO), Ottawa Global Alliance,  Trinidad & Tobago Association of Ottawa, St. Kitts and Nevis Association, St. Vincent a& Grenadines Association, Jaku Konbit and a host of African, Caribbean and Black community associations in Ottawa.

The icing on the cake for the night was the honor and farewell greetings to the Jamaican High Commissioner, Her Excellency Sharon J. Miller, who was at the event as her last official assignment to mark the end of her diplomatic tour of Canada. She commended the team at Flo’s Seniors for their passion and commitment to the care of seniors in the community. Excellency Miller thanked the Jamaican and Afro-Caribbean community for making her tour of Canada remarkable.

Jamaican High Commissioner, Her Excellency Sharon J. Miller
ACAO President, John Adeyefa, with members of the Community
Black History Ottawa VP Jean Marie Guerrier, left, his wife Sharon, with Black Ottawa Scene editor, Godwin Ifedi

There were performances from Nambi Music, Ben Joseph Sax’N Sip, and Andrea Duhaney. Guests had so much to eat and drink, and then the dance party with the DJ spinning seniors down memory lane.

L-R Black Ottawa Scene editor Godwin Ifedi, Roots ED Ketica Peters, former BHO Board member Tayo Olaf, with Black History Ottawa VP Jean Marie Guerrier

The proceeds from the celebration will be dedicated to the purchase of a building for an Afro-Caribbean Senior living residence.

L-R Jaku Konbit President Ken Campbell, wife Nathalie and Trinidad & Tobago Association President, Ingrid John-Baptiste
Kelly Pratt, top right, listens attentively to the welcome speech
Community leader Sandie Nault, centre, was one of the guests
More of the guests
More of the guests

Click on the link below to watch a video of the sights and sounds.