Toronto, Canada (October 14th, 2012) — Held at Amansie Multicultural Centre in Toronto on Sunday, Oct. 14 2012, Connecting Paths Canada (CPC) presented its 2nd annual event, themed Ordinary Choices: Extraordinary Outcomes. The event was hosted by Abigail Opoku and Francis Addea-Duah.

Connecting Paths Canada (CPC) is a non-for profit organization established in 2009, dedicated to providing resources to Ghanaian-Canadians with greater focus on the youth. Working together with parents, community leaders, and government officials like City Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Ward 8 York West), the organization has been able to establish two successful tutoring programs, youth & adult summer soccer camp, and mentorship, with many of the summer adult soccer participants being the mentors and tutors.

As expected, the 2nd annual sports award & empowerment conference was a successful event; highlighting the many achievements of the programs’ participants, and demonstrating that positive choices lead to success in life. Family, friends, dignitaries and supporters witnessed the formidable accomplishments of the youth and adults in the array of community service, education and sports.

There were two keynote speakers; Mr. Benjamin Osei and Ms. Janelle Brady. Ms. Brady is a 22 year old of Afro-Caribbean decent who grew up with her mother in the Jane/Finch community. Faced with many challenges, Ms. Brady stayed focused and made positive choices, which continue to yield favourable results not only for herself, but also for many youth in her community.  Realizing the lack of opportunities/resources available to youth in the community she grew up in, Ms. Brady founded a non-profit organization, Mentoring Arts Tutoring Athletics (M.A.T.A.). Through mentorship, her organization creates equal access to post secondary education for youth in marginalized communities.

Mr. Benjamin Osei is a Ghanaian-Canadian with over seven years experience in community outreach, with a particular emphasis on youth empowerment. Mr. Osei is devoted to coaching and mentoring youths and helping them to achieve their personal goals. Both speakers continue to gain recognition for their selfless acts, and dedication to creating opportunities for underprivileged youth.

 

The event began with a meet and greet, followed with an opening ceremony of Marten Prempeh dancing Azonto remarkable dance performance by Marten Prempeh with Andrew Forde playing a violin. After the opening prayer and the singing of both Ghanaian and Canadian national anthems, Joseph Boachie and Evelyn Osei Boachie introduced Connecting Paths Canada and its purpose.

The award presentation commenced with City Councillor Perruzza presenting the participants of the “Ready-To-Learn Tutoring Program with certificates of participation. The preceding award category was the “PROMOTION PAY LEADERSHIP AWARD” and the recipients were Joel Effah (Brampton) and Rashad Inoussa (Toronto). The “VMO ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD” went to Peter Obeng and Breana Agyei.

Mr Anthony Perruzza presented the awards to all the volunteers of the Ready-To-Learn program. Following was the award presentation to all the participants of the summer soccer camp. The “community award” recipients were Lesley Effah and Erif Tuffour.

Awards were also given for outstanding goalie, defender of the year, midfielder of the year, top scorer and league MVP. The final award presentation for outstanding commitment to Connecting Paths Canada was presented to Cynthia Kwakyewah, Jennifer Ashley and Abigail Opoku.

Frankly Taylor the chairman of CPC and Rosemary Koomson gave the final remarks of the night and thanked all the participants, volunteers, sponsors and well wishers.

 

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