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March 2016 Print

Annual General Meeting

BACA's Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday, January 29, 2016 at the Transport Workers Union (TWU) 100, 195 Montague Street, Brooklyn, New York. Nineteen members were in attendance.

President, Dr. O'Neall Parris gave an overview of BACA's 2015 activities. He discussed future plans, including BACA's ongoing commitment to the establishment of the Barbados hospice and palliative care initiative.

The following were elected for 2016:

Dr. O'Neall Parris, President
Ms. Jessica Odle-Baril, Vice President
Ms. G. Joanne Yarde, Secretary
Ms. Shirley Holder, Assistant Secretary
Ms. Janelle Taylor, Treasurer
Ms. Linda Watson-Lorde, Assistant Treasurer

Committee Chairs were selected by the officers and they are as follows:

Ms. Vashti Watson, Education Committee
Ms. Margaret Deane, Events & Planning Committee
Ms. Janelle Taylor, Budget & Finance Committee
Dr. Edward Alleyne, Membership Recruitment & Retention Committee
Ms. Heather Marsh, Public Relations Committee

The 2016 Executive Committee expects to enhance BACA's community profile and expand its cancer advocacy activities.

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Installation of BACA's Executive Committee

The installation of BACA’s 2016 Executive Committee was held on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the People’s Institutional AME Church during the 10 a.m. service. Rev. Carrie Nobles performed the installation. About 20 BACA members and family were in attendance.

Bible readings were done by Ms. Inell Jemmott and Ms. Annette Alleyne-Merritt.  Mr. Michael L. Reece sang the inspirational “You Raise Me Up”.

The service was followed by lunch with Rev. Nobles and her congregation in the undercroft.

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Welcome To New Members

Ms. Myrna Evelyn and Ms. G. Joanne Yarde joined BACA in 2015. Myrna is a member of the Public Relations committee and Joanne is the currently serving as BACA’s Secretary.

Welcome back to Ms. Gladwin Murray who attended the Annual General Meeting in January 2016. She serves on the Events & Planning and Membership Recruitment & Retention committees.

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Love Concert

An Evening of Love Concert, a benefit for the Barbados hospice project was held on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at 6 p.m.  About 120 people supported the event at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, New York.  A reception followed the concert in the Golden Hall.  Thank you to Mr. Steven LeGall and performers Mr. Neil Walker, Mr. Valmon Dawson, Ms. Grace Hackett, Mr. Mijon Zulu, Ms. Natasha Radix, Mr. Tristan Layne and the BACA Combined Voices choir for contributing their talents in support of such a worthy cause.

Upcoming Events

Following are BACA’s 2016 upcoming events, so please save the dates on your calendar:

Date Event
Saturday, June 4, 2016 A Summer White Sail Away onboard the Golden Sunshine, Pier 8, Emmons Avenue & East 21st Street, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY
Sunday, June 5, 2016
National Cancer Survivors Day Service, Location TBD
Friday, September 9, 2016 Annual Fundraising Gala, Location TBD
Saturday, September 17, 2016 
Dr. Deborah Brathwaite Cancer Symposium, Location TBD
Saturday, October 8, 2016
World Hospice & Palliative Care Day.  Event and Location TBD


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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is colorectal cancer awareness month. Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. It affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older.

CRC is the second most common cancer among African American women and the third most common cancer for African American men. The mortality rate from CRC is highest among African Americans compared to other racial or ethnic group. Much of the disparity in mortality is likely due to unequal access to screening as well as other factors.

The best way to prevent CRC is to get screened regularly starting at age 50 or earlier for those with increased risks. There are often no signs or symptoms of CRC – that is why it is so important to get screened.

Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:

  • Get screened starting at age 50 or earlier if at increased risk.
  • Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.
  • Get plenty of physical activity and eat healthy.

For more information, click here.

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