Gregory Gaskin immigrated to Canada in 1977 and graduated in 1978 with a diploma in Architectural Drafting from Red River Community College. Greg was employed by M.M. Dillon Consulting Engineers in Winnipeg for the next 2 years, working on a number of municipal infrastructure projects. In 1980 he joined the Engineering Department for the City of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, recording the City’s infrastructure and preparing the yearly work programmes until 1991.
Mr. Gaskin returned to Winnipeg on the staff of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Since then he has served as Digital Information Analyst, designing reservoirs for Manitoba Farmers and rural water pipelines for the Manitoba Water Services Board. In 2009 he received the Golden Harvest Award, the highest given by the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Greg is an active community volunteer, and is currently the President of the Barbados Association of Winnipeg, a position he has held from 2008. He is currently working on the New Horizon for Seniors grants and the Barbados Association of Winnipeg Scholarship fund. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
TREASURER - SANDRA ASGILL
Sandra immigrated to Ottawa 20 years ago and became a Certified Management Accountant in 1991 after continuing her education. She is currently Manager of Accounting Services at Ottawa Community Housing Corporation. She is the proud mother of two daughters, Shayna and Shari.
Sandra joined the Barbados Ottawa Association in 1992, served as Treasurer and was later elected President from 1995- 1997. She was re-elected to the Presidency in 2005 and was very proud to be at the helm in 2006 when the association celebrated its 40th anniversary. Sandra was recently re-elected for another two year term.
In 1996 Sandra became Secretary of NCBAC and has since served as Treasurer, Vice-President and was the first female President serving from 2002- 2006. As President of NCBAC in 2004 she was able to host a youth forum (42 youth from across Canada) to the 20th anniversary conference which was held in Montreal.
Over the last 6- 8 years she has been very instrumental in spearheading the planning of NCBAC’s annual conferences and is currently sitting on the planning committee for the first ever National Collaborative Conference being held in Barbados Aug 3-10. Sandra is a Reality TV fanatic!
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SECRETARY - JESSICA CARRINGTON
Jessica Carrington (nee Johnson)attended the Modern High School in Barbados before immigrating to Canada in 1966, where she attended Shaw Business College, Toronto. After graduation, Jessica went on to work for the Toronto Transit Commission. During her 30-year career at the TTC she held a number of positions the last being that of Supervisor – Office Services. She earned a well-deserved retirement in 1998.
Not one to rest on her laurels, Jessica successfully completed the requirements to become a Financial Representative for a major financial services provider. Even now she continues to advise her clients while keeping up-to-date with her professional requirements and obligations.
Busy as she was with her career and raising a family, Jessica still found the time and energy to devote to community organizations and helping others by volunteering in various capacities.
Significantly, in 1996, she joined Barbados Overseas Community-Canada Inc., a community based volunteer services association. Others immediately recognized her tremendous skills and gifts and elected her as their President in 1997, the first female President of the association. She rotated through the various offices of that organization over the years and continues to lead it even now.
As a testament to and the recognition of her leadership skills, abilities and the initiatives which she has undertaken throughout her roles as a community services volunteer. Jessica was
elected president of Barbados Ball Canada Aid (BBCA) in 2007-2008. She currently serves on the Board of Directors as its Corporate Secretary. Indeed, Jessica has been an active member of BBCA since inception in 2004 and plays a significant role in organizing the annual Barbados Ball, the premier gala event in the Barbadian community in Toronto, Canada. She is Secretary of the Barbados Canada Foundation (BCF), a charitable organization, and Secretary to the Barbados Independence Celebrations Committee (BICC).
Jessica is an active member of the National Council of Barbados Associations in Canada Inc. (NCBAC), a Canada-wide umbrella organization open to membership for all Barbadian organizations in Canada, and rose to the top becoming its President in 2006-2008 and later continued to serve on the Board of Directors in the following categories:Women's Representative Secretary Past President Central Region Chair. She has been a central figure in organizing the annual conferences of the NCBAC which rotate in Canadian cities stretching from Montreal to Vancouver.
Jessica’s contribution to society both in Canada and Barbados has not gone unnoticed. As a result, she is the proud recipient of a number of volunteer service awards and has been formally recognised in a number of different capacities and fora.
Jessica’s awards include: 2010 Barbados Independence Award (its first recipient), 2013 City of Markham Black History Award for outstanding contribution and service to the community, 2014 Pride of Barbados Award ,2014 Woman of Honour – Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA), 2014 Distinguished Merit Award (NCBAC), 2015 Woman of Honour Award for outstanding contribution to the Black Community, 2015 Barbados Ball Canada Aid – The Trailblazer Good Samaritan Award.
Jessica is an active member of her Church where she sits on various committees and gives leadership through many roles. She is married to Mark and has two adult children and five grandchildren.
PAST-PRESIDENT - MALCOLM FLATTS
Malcolm Flatts immigrated to Canada in 1976. Upon his arrival he worked at several jobs while attending school. He is married to Elizabeth, and is the father of four grown children; Consuela, Joel, Kevin and Ophelia. He is also a grandfather of many.
A police officer by profession, Malcolm joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Force in 1987 with who he is still employed. Before immigrating to Canada he spent six years and three months as a member of the Royal Barbados Police Force.Malcolm joined the Barbados Ex-Police (Toronto) Inc. in 1990. He was elected President in 2001. Malcolm has also been serving as President of the Ex-Police bowling league since 2004. Malcolm enjoys cricket, soccer, bowling, reading and meeting people.
Seniors’ Rep: Lynette Crichlow
Women’s Rep: Antonio Sealy
Youth Rep: Tyler Layne-Linton
Western Rep: Grafton Rouse
Eastern Rep: Sylvan Williams
Central Rep: Angela Trotman
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Read: The NCBAC - A Brief History, as writen by Keith A. P. Sandiford. Click here.
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Eastern Region: Barbados House (Montreal) Inc., Barbados (Ottawa) Association Inc.
Central Region: Barbados Canadian & Friends (Hamilton), Barbados Ex-Police (Toronto) Inc., Barbados Overseas Community-Canada Inc., Barbados Nurses Association, Barbados Foundation School Alumni (Toronto), The Barbados St. Michael (Toronto) Alumni
Western Region: The Barbados Cultural Association of British Columbia, The Barbados Canadian Association of Calgary, Barbados Canadian Association of Edmonton, Barbados Association of Winnipeg Inc.
Associates: Barbados Canadian & Friends London & District, Barbados Community & Associates (London),
The Saskatchewan Caribbean-Canadian Association
A succession of able presidents and executive officers did their utmost to implement the aims and objectives of the NCABC over the past several years. The Presidents (in chronological order) since 1984 have been Mr. Ricardo Gill, Dr. Horace Goddard, Mr. Berkeley Harris, Mr. Victor Allman, Mr. Gordon Bynoe, Dr. Keith Sandiford, Mr. Simeon Cox, Mr. Basil Blackman, Mr. Andrew Small, Mr. Jonathan Sealy, Mr. Reginald Taylor, Ms. Sandra Asgill, Mrs. Jessica Carrington and Mrs. Marilyn Moseley.
A Brief History of the NCBAC
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The NCBAC was established in 1984 and received federal incorporation on January 5th 1987. It is an umbrella organization representing 13 member associations and 3 associates in six provinces across Canada.
The main objective of the corporation is to assist in the orientation and adaptation of Canadian residents of origin in Barbados to the Canadian milieu and to foster a better understanding of Canada and other Canadians. Also,
::To encourage Canadians of origins in Barbados to participate in Canadian society.
::To provide a forum for communication among different Barbadian and Caribbean communities residing in Canada.
::To co-operate with other organizations whose educational, cultural social and recreational activities render a contribution to the development of Canadian national life.
Over the years the NCBAC has convened conferences seminars and workshops addressing issues such as; leadership, racism, health financial planning and communication skills.
The council has contributed financial assistance to groups in need of medical and other necessities during emergencies. The survival of the organization is enhanced when called upon to provide help to Barbadians and the larger community.