I am very happy to say that our first Caribbean Canada Heart Health Gala evening on October 21 was a huge success. A great team of volunteers from several Caribbean countries came together and worked really hard to plan and execute the event.
Considering that we only started planning the gala evening in early summer, it was a lot of work in a very short time to accomplish what we did. The community ought to be commended for supporting the initiative.
We were also fortunate to have a world renowned keynote speaker - Dr. Grant Pierce from Winnipeg's St Boniface Research Centre's Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences. He talked about his research on the benefits of flax on lowering blood pressure. It was quite astonishing how much evidence there is on the benefits. I got to thank him for his presentation and told him that Robin has been on a flax kick for close to 10 years so we use it quite frequently and have now started using the oil as well. I am not sure if I can attribute my good blood pressure reading to taking flax but a visit to my doctor this week for my annual check-up was very good.
Although it was a Caribbean initiative, there was a group of international students attending a culinary program at Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology - taught by Louis, an instructor from the Caribbean - who helped to cook and serve the delicious East/West fusion of food at the buffet. Why East/West? The function was held at the Punjab Centre which is owned by a family from India who also contributed to the success of the event by sponsoring the wine, ornaments and offering a reduced cost for the meal and facility.
I am quite proud to be a part of this community and I am looking forward to doing more for our community in Manitoba as well as in the Caribbean in promoting heart health.