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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Jerry GbardyThe African Canadian Soccer & Cultural Association (ACSCA) runs three successful programs every year: The African Awards Night, the African Cultural Festival and the Youth Soccer Academy. These programs no doubt, continue to make positive impact in our community.

On May 25, 2019, we hosted the African Awards Night program at the Bonsor Recreation Center in Burnaby during which time, several personalities and youth ranging from 9 to 15 years were honored. The program being the ninth edition since its inception in 2011 is our way of thanking community members for their good work and service to our community in the areas of soccer, small business development and service to humanity. Dr Belay Derza Gaga served as Keynote Speaker on the occasion.

We are once again preparing to host the 2019 African Cultural Festival at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex-West on Kensington Avenue, Burnaby. The Festival will run from Friday August 9 to Sunday August 11, 2019. There will be men's soccer competition with 16 participating teams representing 16 African countries alongside a youth (boys and girls) soccer tournament and cultural activities including singing, drumming and dancing. As usual, we are anticipating that thousands will turn out to enjoy themselves during the Festival.

The Youth Department runs a youth soccer academy during spring and summer every year. The sessions conduct after school soccer training and youth development program for kids between the ages of 5-15. Parents and guardians are welcome to sign up their children.

Another good news to mention is that Africa United (Men's Open) under the auspices of ACSCA participated and won the Richmond Nations Cup - BC's premier soccer tournament on July 22, 2018. The last time Africa won the tournament was 25 years ago in 1994.  We would therefore like to extend many heartfelt congratulations to the team and the technical staff headed by Coach Desmond Tachie and Technical Director Eric Obeng for a job well done. We are hoping to replicate this achievement this year at the Hugh Boyd Park, Richmond, BC, come July 12, 13 and 14. Therefore, we are calling on all Africa United supporters, well-wishers and soccer enthusiasts to turn out in full to cheer the team while they fiercely defend the championship title.

We thank the following corporations, small businesses and individuals that help with both cash and in-kind sponsorship. They are: the City of Burnaby, Umbro Canada, Afro Hair Studio, and Abantu. Others are: Taste of Africa Restaurant, Axum Ethiopian Restaurant, Lalibela Restaurant, Solorose International, and Accurate Moving Company. Other cultural groups and organizations that partner with us are: the Karakata Cultural Group, Umoja Operation Compassion Society, the Acholi Community, the Ethiopian Cultural Community, the Sierra Leonean Community, the Liberian Association of Greater Vancouver, Platform Media International and many more who time and space will not permit me to name at the moment.

As we continue to serve our community, we are cognizant of the challenges and the constraints we most often face. Though we recognize these challenges and constraints along the way as we grow, challenges which are not endemic to our situation, as most non-profit organizations go through similar – I can safely say that ACSCA is the most viable, most credible, most transparent and most organized non-profit umbrella African organization in the Lower Mainland.

Thanks.

Jerry Gbardy
PRESIDENT