The Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region is a non-profit organization serving Waterloo Region’s Caribbean community. Organized in 1975, we are committed to strengthening and enhancing the quality of life of families and individuals by providing culturally sensitive programs, support, resources, education and training.

The CCAWR aims to promote the social, cultural and economic interests of, and advocate for, the Caribbean community in the Region of Waterloo.


Our Events

Persons of Distinction 2017


The CCAWR initiated the Persons of Distinction ceremony to honour individuals who have contributed to the region and the community in a meaningful way. It is our way of saying “thank you”. The event will be held on April 29, 2017.


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Black History Month is recognized in February every year through events hosted by various community organizations. It is an opportunity to celebrate and remember the people and events in the history of the African diaspora who have contributed to the development of the Canadian society. Look out for upcoming events in your area.


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The CCAWR Family Brunch is the main fundraiser for the organization. It is an annual event hosted by the CCAWR in an effort to raise money for the Scholarship Fund. The event offers great entertainment, food, features a guest speaker, and of course a time to meet up with some old friends. This year’s Family Brunch 2017 will be held on June 11, 2017.


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The Awards of Excellence presentation ceremony is usually held in September, at which time all awardees are presented with their scholarships. The Scholarship Fund started in 2002 and provides tuition awards to Caribbean Canadian students in the community as they move ahead to university or college. The award has steadily grown from $500 to $1, 000.00, and the CCAWR will be undertaking new initiatives that increase the award, especially as the cost of tuition is on the rise and out of reach for some.


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Words of Inspiration


News You Can Use

  1. $221 Million in Loans for Black Entrepreneurs


  2. Scholarships Recognize Achievements of Black Students – Waterloo Record Article!


  3. Words of advice and inspiration from young people in Waterloo region who won this year’s Awards of Excellence


  4. Waterloo Region District School Board Hiring Teachers


  5. City of Kitchener’s Work on Equity, Anti-Racism, Indigenous Initiatives, and Social Justice Issues

    On the 19th of October, the councilors at the City of Kitchener will be voting on a very key mandate called Motion CSD-20-004.  Click below to learn more.

    Help to Create the Future Support City of Kitchener Motion CSD-20-004

  6. Family and Children’s Services Waterloo Black Community Forum

    FACS Waterloo Black Community Forum – November 25th, 2020

  7. Region Announces Members of Anti-Racism Advisory Working Group