Celebrating African Nova Scotian youth

Andrew Wagstaff
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Amherst woman one of six recognized at launch

AMHERST – Summer-Joy Upshaw was one of six young people from Nova Scotia recognized during an event launching this year’s African Heritage Month on Tuesday, Jan. 28.
Upshaw received an African Heritage Month plaque for dedication to her community from Premier Stephen MacNeil, Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant and African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Tony Ince at an event unveiling this year’s theme, Rising Stars: Celebrating Our Youth.

Summer-Joy Upshaw of Amherst was one of six Nova Scotians recognized at the launch of African Heritage Month in Halifax on Jan. 28, receiving a plaque from (from left) Premier Stephen MacNeil, African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Tony Ince and Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant.

"African Heritage Month is a chance for people of African descent and all Nova Scotians to celebrate and learn about the province's rich African Nova Scotian culture, and to reflect on what it means to have extraordinary young people leading our communities," said McNeil. "The rising stars of the African Nova Scotia community are showing us that hard work, dedication and the willingness to help others can have a tremendous impact on our society."

This year's theme features the extraordinary achievements of young people who are leading in communities across the province and inspiring others to be successful.

"As a member of the African Heritage Month Network, I am pleased we are able to celebrate youth on the official poster as well as in our communities across Cumberland County and Nova Scotia," said Elizabeth Cooke-Sumbu, executive director for the Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association. "Our youth hold our future and we must cultivate them!"

"The province is proud to celebrate African Heritage Month and encourages all Nova Scotians to take the opportunity to celebrate the achievements and contributions of peoples of African descent in Nova Scotia," said Ince. "I thank the African Heritage Month Information Network and all of the partner organizations and volunteers for working hard to host African Heritage Month activities and celebrations in every region."

More information on African Heritage Month and a calendar of events can be found on the African Nova Scotian Affairs website, http://ansa.novascotia.ca.

Nova Scotians can also keep up to date on African Heritage Month events on Facebook (African Nova Scotian Affairs) and Twitter @OfficeofANSA.

Organizations: African Heritage, Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association, African Nova Scotian Affairs

Geographic location: Nova Scotians, Nova Scotia, Cumberland County

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