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Essay Contest

“Local Lens: The Black Experience in Halton”

We are elated in finalizing the 2022 winners of our “Local Lens: The Black Experience in Halton” and are pleased to introduce to you:

First Place Co-Winner
Tobi Oyedele
First Place Co-Winner Tobi Oyedele Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School
Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School
First Place Co-Winner
Jackson Carter
First Place Co-Winner Jackson Carter Burlington Central High School
Burlington Central
High School
Second Place Winner
Mya Tatem
Second Place Winner Mya Tatem White Oaks Secondary School
White Oaks
Secondary School
Third Place Winner
Zahra Ba
Third Place Winner Zahra Ba École Secondaire Catholique Sainte-Trinité/Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School
École Secondaire Catholique Sainte-Trinité/Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School

The HBHAS thanks all contestants, jury and project members for their respective input in developing and participating in this project inclusive of the Halton Secondary School Board, Halton Catholic School Board, Metroland Media, Joseph Brant Museum, Oakville Museum and Burlington, Milton, Halton Hills, and Oakville Libraries.

The winning contestants will receive awards and bursaries in the amount of $500 first prize, $250 second prize and $100 3rd prize. Metroland Media (Inside Halton) is preparing to interview our two first place contestants and placing excerpts of their narratives in their Halton newspapers Burlington Post, Milton Champion, Oakville Beaver and Independent/Free Press) (as well as enabling viewer opportunities to appreciate all “selected” narratives accessible to all through QR coding. Your narrative is being reviewed for publishing and you will be acknowledged when decisions are finalized.

The winning contestants will receive their awards at our 2022 Emancipation Gala on July 29th at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, signed and presented by Lawrence Hill and the Halton Black History Awareness Society. We’ve also had a school board request for HBHAS interviews to introduce with their respective promotions of the winners, within their distribution network.

The HBHAS is working towards developing an annual journal, with the support of the partner libraries, museums and sponsors, incorporating “selected” narratives to be distributed within their premises. The HBHAS is looking to annualize this project with focus on our diverse communities, which is the fastest growing visible minority population in Canada. Kudos to Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills in participating and supporting this valuable program as stated by the majority of essay providers. We hope that you will participate and promote next year’s narrative project.

Thank YOU for your ongoing support and the best of continued successes in appreciating our diverse community, learning about how cultural integration can develop knowledge and self appreciation and identity, and progress towards a more authentic inclusive collaborative environment at home, school and vocation. Thank you for your interest and participation. Attached are Halton Black History Events happening this summer. We hope you can join us to promote our journey to equality throughout our great communities. Continued successes.

contest-contributors

The HBHAS thanks you for your participation and welcomes you to our future HBHAS programs and events.
Have a great year at school.

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