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May 26, 2018 – Guyanese Independence Day

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Guyanese community on the occasion of Guyanese Independence Day.

Independence Day is celebrated on May 26th marking the day, in 1966, when British Guyana gained full independence from the United Kingdom.  On that day, the name of the country was changed to Guyana, meaning ‘land of waters’. It is a time to reflect on the past and look towards the future with a renewed sense of purpose.

Toronto is a proud multicultural city that embraces a wide variety of cultures and faiths.  Our city flourishes because of the diversity of people who have chosen to make Toronto their home. It is important to recognize each and every community that plays a part in enhancing Toronto’s social and cultural landscape.


As the Newcomer’s Advocate with the City of Toronto I strongly believe that we must work to together to promote togetherness. We must Respect our newcomer communities. We must Accept our newcomer communities. We should Celebrate our diversity and Embrace our different cultures and traditions, because we are all part of the human RACE.