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Jamaican Canadian Association Alberta

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Promoting Jamaican culture in Calgary






The next General Meeting of the association will be held on July 30, 2016 at the Winston Heights Community Centre 520 27th Avenue NE, Calgary starting at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is open to our members and anyone interested in the activities of the association.  Updates on recent activities and plans for 2016 will also be discussed.  We look forward to an energetic meeting.

On August 6, 2016 the Jamaican Canadian Association Alberta will celebrate the 54th Independence Day of Jamaica.  There will be a civic ceremony at the Winston Heights Community Centre 520 27th Avenue NE, Calgary starting at 5:00 p.m.  Under the theme of our national motto, "Out of Many, One People", the event will feature cultural performances in addition to tributes from different levels of governement.  Our Honorary Consul, Coleen Neita, will be in attendance.  Come out and join in the cutting of the ceremonial birthday cake as Jamaica celebrates 54 years of political independence.  Dress code is "semi-formal".  


The Jamaican Canadian Association Alberta (JCAA) was formed in 1980 out of a need to share the Jamaican culture with the wider Calgary community. The association was registered in 1982

Since it's inception, the JCAA has initiated and/or supported several community events and participated in activities in Jamaica, within and outside the City of Calgary. The Association has been an integral part of the Caribbean Community Council and it's Caribbean festival, Carifest, participating in such activities as the Parade, Ms. Carifest Pageant, the Gospel Concert and the Sunshine Festival.  Our signature event is Taste of Jamaica which is a showcase of Jamaican cuisine, arts and culture.  This event has been hosted by the JCAA for over twenty years.

In order to maintain communication among its members, the JCAA publishes a quarterly newsletter, hosts a number of social events throughout the year, and hosts a general meeting on the last Saturday of each month.



  • To provide social interaction among members and facilitate desirable relations with the community at large
  • To advocate and represent our Jamaican community on public matters which affect their welfare, integration and satisfactory development
  • To respond to diverse social needs
  • To provide leadership and opportunities to enhance the economic, and cultural integration within the Canadian society


The Executive for 2015-16
President Donnovan Simon
Vice President Robert Shippie
Asst. Secretary
Anice Thomas
Roseta Shippie
Treasurer Verona Sinclair
Public Relations Officer Christopher French
Membership Secretary
Asst. Membership Secretary
Heather Harding
Youth Coordinator Faith Greaves​
Social Coordinators Anthony Singh
Mike Brown
Immediate Past President Bob Arthurs

The executive term is for the calendar year of 2016 with new elections slated for the Annual General Meeting on October 29, 2016.

Contact Us

Mailing Address
  • Jamaican Canadian Association Alberta
  • P.O. Box 22264
  • Bankers Hall
  • Calgary, AB, T2P 4K1
  • 403-775-1235
Social Media

Get Involved

Do you want to volunteer with the JCAA?
Would you like to be a volunteer with the Jamaican Canadian Association Alberta? Please contact us and we will let you when an event is being scheduled. If you would like to know what we are planning this year, look at the Calendar of Events for more information.
Read the newsletters
Please read the newsletters sent to keep the membership updated on what is happening in the JCAA