Next on the JCAA calendar …
Our monthly General Meeting will be held on Saturday June 30, 2018 starting at 7:00 p.m. Come socialize, have fun and get to know members of our community. There will be a short review of recent events, updates on upcoming events and a few other special items including hearing from members who operate their own businesses. The meeting is at the Winston Heights Community Centre, 520 27th Ave NE, Calgary. All are welcome to attend and participate. We look forward to seeing you there!
Carifest 2018 … join the Jamaican Mas Band
Yes, we will be on the road in the Carifest parade this year and you are invited to join the band. Costumes are available for men, women and children. Register today!!
Complete the attached registration form and send to email@example.com. All registrations MUST be in by May 31, 2018 in order to book costumes. A deposit is required to book your costume. Don’t miss out!! Come revel with the Jamaican Mas Band!! Let’s show the city how we do carnival!
Upcoming Caribbean events
- June 30 – Calgary International Jerk Festival
- July 21 – Caribbean Cultural Association of Alberta – Taste of the Caribbean and more
- August 25 – Caribbean Community Council of Calgary – Carifest Parade
- September 8 – Caribbean Heritage Sports Day
Please check with the respective associations for details about these events. Let’s all support what’s happening in the community
View our video series, Journey, where Jamaicans share their experiences as they moved from life in Jamaica to life in Calgary. Please share these videos with your friends and family planning to move to Calgary and we ask that you subscribe to our YouTube channel for more episodes of Journey.
Jamaica Independence Celebrations - Civic Cultural Ceremony
Come join in the celebration of Jamaica 56. Our event will feature different expressions of our culture all recognizing the achievements, our pride in our journey and the hope we have for the future. This year we feature our “Founders and Leaders”. On the event we will have greetings from local political and community leaders. The evening will end with cultural performances
Music and mingling follows. The event is FREE and open to the entire Calgary community.
Remember that our celebrations begin on Sunday July 30, 2017 with a Church Service at 10:00 a.m. at the Berean International Church of God, 1111 33rd Street NE, Calgary
Caribbean Heritage Sports Day
Come represent Team Jamaica at the Caribbean Heritage Sports Day
When: September 8, 2018
Where: Rotary Challenger Park
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Team Jamaica will be represented in athletics, soccer, basketball, cricket, netball, volleyball and dominoes. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-775-1235
New Year's Eve Gala 2018
Come ring in the new year in a warm, Jamaican atmosphere. Great food, great music and nuff vibes. Bring your partner and make it a night to remember. Fun is guaranteed!!! Prizes and surprises!
When: December 31, 2018
Where: Executive Royal Hotel
Time: Cocktails at 7:00 p.m. Dinner at 8:00 p.m. Dancing to 2:00 a.m
Dress code: Formal
Menu includes Jamaican rice and peas, Jerk chicken, Roast beef, vegetable medley, assorted desserts plus wine choices with dinner.
There will be party favors and champagne at midnight. Special door prizes and lots more.
Take the elevator home
For your safety and comfort, book a room at the Executive Royal hotel. This is the best rate you’ll get at any hotel in Calgary on New Year’s Eve. Make reservations directly with the Executive Royal and mention the JCAA New Year’s Eve Gala.
Jamaica Independence Celebrations - Civic Cultural CeremonySaturday, August 4, 2018Evergreen Community Spaces, 1709 8 Ave NE #2, Calgary, AB T2E 0S9
Carifest - Jamaica Mas BandSaturday, August 25, 2018Shaw Millennium Park
Caribbean Heritage Sports DaySaturday, September 8, 2018Rotary Challenger Park
New Year's Eve Gala 2018Monday, December 31, 2018Executive Royal Hotel 2828 23rd Street NE, Calgary
Get to Know Us
The Jamaican Canadian Association Alberta (JCAA) was formed in 1980 out of a need to share the Jamaican culture with the wider Calgary community. In November 1982 the association was registered as an incorporated non-profit organization under the Alberta Societies Act.
Since its inception, the JCAA initiated and/or supported several community events within and outside of the City of Calgary. We have also supported numerous activities and initiative in Jamaica. The JCAA has been an integral part of the Caribbean Community Council (CCC) the hosts of the annual Carifest and most recently the Caribbean Heritage Sports Council (CHSC) sports day. We have also been involved in supporting other major cultural festivals including Globalfest and Reggaefest. We see ourselves as an important part of the diversity fabric in our city.
Learn more about our organization by reading more about our rules, plans and recent achievements:
There are four (4) types of membership options available with the JCAA – Family, Individual, Student and Senior. Membership is renewable on an annual basis. Membership fees are:
Benefits to being a member of JCAA
- Social events
- Member discounts
- Business opportunities
Apply By Mail
Print the JCAA Application Form and mail to:
Jamaican Canadian Association Alberta
P.O. Box 22264
Calgary, AB, T2P 4K1
Or Apply Online
- Please complete the all required fields.
- Click below to pay online or mail payment (cheque or money order only)
- Payment should be made to Jamaican Canadian Association Alberta.
- Once approved, your membership card (s) will be mailed to you.
- 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 development
- To respond to diverse social needs
- To provide leadership and opportunities to enhance the economic and cultural integration within the Canadian society
- To provide social interaction among our members and the community through hosting and participating in various sporting events
To fulfill our objectives we create operating plans each year. These operating plans are aligned to our strategic plan 2016-2021.