Jerome Awards recipients named

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The Black Business and Professional Association announces the recipients of the 2008 Harry Jerome Awards during a press preview yesterday at Peridot Resto Lounge on Bloor Street East.

Growing up in one of the city’s toughest neighbourhoods inspired Vera Manu’s dream to become a lawyer.

"I want to affect change in my community," said Manu, who is in second year at Osgoode Hall Law School. "I live in Jane and Finch and that inspired me to go to law school. With a law degree I know I can make more changes."

The 24-year-old was named yesterday as one of 13 recipients of the Harry Jerome Awards given by the Black Business and Professional Association to celebrate excellence in the African-Canadian community.

"It’s very important to me because it’s recognizing that my efforts have not been in vain," said Manu, who will receive the honour recognizing her achievements and ambitions at the 26th annual gala to be held April 26.

Jerome’s work

  • The awards bear the name of Harry Jerome, a Olympic medal-winning Canadian athlete who used his stature to criticize the misrepresentation of blacks in Canadian television, fight wage discrimination and lobby to improve perceptions of his community.