Brampton Celebrates Jamhuri Day with Kenyan Canadians

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown with Canadian political leaders and Kenyan Canadian Association officials cuts a commemoration cake

The City of Brampton’s cultural diversity was showcased once again with the raising of the Kenyan Flag at Brampton’s City Hall on December 14th and a celebration of Kenya’s 56th Independence Day (Jamhuri Day). Organizers believe this was the first time any level of government in Canada has raised the Kenyan flag in honour of the contribution of Kenyan Canadians.

The event was organized by the Kenyan Canadian Association (KCA) in collaboration with Brampton Mayor’s office. Ephraim Mwaura, President of KCA said “we are very grateful for the continued support.”

Five Kenyan Canadians were recognized for their outstanding community service in Peel Region, including:

Stan Barua, World-class Cinematographer

Everett Wakoli, President of Abeingo Association Canada

Phoebe Kagumba-Sibanda, Club President of Mississauga Cooksville Lions Club, Zone Chair with Lions Clubs International

Wambui Karanja, Founder and Executive Director of African Community Services of Peel

Thomas Nzyimi, Philanthropist

Mwaura says that KCA plans to “roll out ambitious programs that will uplift the welfare of Kenyan Canadians especially the integration of newcomers to society.”