Background Information & Vision
Kingston African & Caribbean Collective (henceforth KACC) was established as a not-for-profit group in 2007. KACC was formed in response to efforts made by Black History Month Kingston (BHMK!), an ad-hoc group of community members and staff and students at Queen?s university, who gathered annually to plan activities during Black History Month. KACC is envisioned to be a cultural group to plan cultural events for members of the African and Caribbean communities, and the wider Kingston community at large, throughout the year.
In 2007, KACC, along with support from Canadian Forces Base Kingston and the Afro-Caribe Charitable Foundation planned the first annual Black History Month Dinner. The dinner was held at CFB Kingston and was widely attended. Since 2007, KACC has partnered with other community groups to plan community based events. KACC is currently an active member of Kingston?s Multicultural Festival Planning Committee and hopes to work closely with the Afro-Caribe Community Foundation.
KACC was established as a collective. The vision behind our operation as a collective is based on the belief that we can operate as a stronger group when we align ourselves with organizations with a similar vision and focus. We have been approached by other community groups who are looking to forge ties with KACC for our mutual benefit with respect to pooling resources.
KACC is looking for volunteers who can assist us with the planning of cultural events throughout the year. We are currently in need of 5 Liaison Officers and two community elders who can form a Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is responsible for the planning and implementing of KACC events. Each event will have a fundraising component in order for KACC to remain a self-sustaining organization. If you know of any member of the African and/or Caribbean (and others) community who would like to get involved, kindly have such individuals contact the co-chairs at Kacc@kacc.ca