‘Shoulder to Shoulder We Stand- Ending Racism is the focus of the 13th Annual Harmony Breakfast – an event highlighting issues of racial discrimination and harassment in celebration of March 21 Annual Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Presented by Cape Breton University Human Rights Office, the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, the Cape Breton Regional Police Service and the CBRM Diversity Office, the Annual Harmony Breakfast, for invited guests, takes place this year on Wednesday, March 21 from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30a.m. in theVerschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment (CSEE).
This year, the Harmony Breakfast keynote speaker is George Elliott Clark, a poet, playwright, literary critic and E.J. Pratt professor at the University of Toronto. Clark, who originates from Windsor, N.S., is a seventh-generation Canadian of African-American and Mi’kmaq Amerindian heritage and has a long list of accomplishments under his belt. He has been named to the order of Nova Scotia, received the Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellows Prize, has a grand total of seven Honourary Doctorates and the list goes on.
“We are excited to be hosting the Annual Harmony Breakfast again this year,” says Eileen Smith Piovesan, CBU’s Human Rights Officer. “It is so important to raise awareness around the issue of racial discrimination and harassment in our communities and this event allows us to do that, while recognizing individuals making significant contributions to the cause and learning about barriers many people face and how to overcome them. Most importantly, it shows the dedication to working together to promote diversity in our communities.”
The Carl ‘Campy’ Crawford award is being presented at the breakfast by the Crawford family and Police Chief Peter McIsaac of the Cape Breton Regional Police Service. This award is presented to an individual who exemplifies the qualities similar to those qualities exhibited by the late Carl Crawford, such as being a true community-minded individual who is mindful of fairness, equality and commitment to justice.
This year’s recipient of the Carl ‘Campy’ Crawford award is Constable Dennis Burns. Constable Burns, a 25-year veteran of the Cape Breton Regional Police Service will be recognized for his ongoing commitment to youth in the community. He has helped raise more than $400,000 as a Volunteer Coordinator for safe grad programs; he ran the dominion Boys and Girls Club for 20 years and he continues to mentor youth in the community.
Entertainment for the event will be provided by spoken word artist, El Jones, along with Inspirational Singers.
Sponsors of this year’s event are: Cape Breton Regional Municipality; Cape Breton University; , CBRM Diversity Office; Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission; and Cape Breton Regional Police.