2017 Award Recipients

John C. Holland Family Presentation

African Art Display

Liuna Station Grand Central Ballroom

Reverend John C. Holland    1882 – 1954

 “He started out as a newspaper boy, dreamed of becoming a minister and became the First African Canadian to be named “Citizen of the Year” in any community in Canada. We honour those who continue to work diligently in the spirit of John Holland.”

About the Rev. John C. Holland Awards

Established in 1996, these awards celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the community, with a particular focus on the contributions of African Canadians to the social, economic, and cultural life of our entire city.   Each year the Hamilton Black History Committee joins with the wider community to celebrate the achievements of youth and acknowledge the contributions of community members. These awards have become one of the premier events in our community and a valued symbol of achievement.

The 2018 Awards

Let’s celebrate the achievements of our community together

Saturday, February 10, 2018 

Liuna Station  located at
360 James St. North, Hamilton.

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 Rev. John C. Holland Awards

2018 Planning Committee

Marlene Thomas – Co-Chair
Kathryn Crooks – Co-Chair
Sajah Stiller- Secretary/ Treasurer
Heather Greaves
Doreen Johnson
Kimberley Bayne
Terri Bedminster
Glenda Rookwood