About Us

History

Celebrating Caribbean Culture in Calgary

How We Got Started

In the 1980’s a group of individuals from the Caribbean community formed the CanCarib Association. These¬†individuals believed they had a responsiblity to educate the community about Caribbean culture because they wanted the community to know that the culture was more than just food and music. The Association was eventually renamed to The Caribbean Community Council of Calgary.¬†

The Growth

Carifest grew year after year to become the city’s largest festival! Attendees such as the Prime Minister, dignitaries from other countries and international artists have all travelled to take part of the festivities.

Carifest effectively raised the inquisitiveness of the community with more than 20,000 attending the Sunshine Market during Saturday’s event.

The First Festival

The CanCarib acquired all the resources they needed to organize the first festival which was held at Prince’s Island Park. During that time they did not receive assistance from the City of Calgary. It was the idea of the CanCarib Board of Directors that each Caribbean island should showcase their culture — and that was how Carifest was born!

Community Connection

Carifest became the vehicle used to begin a healthy relationship between the Caribbean community and the Calgary Police Service. A few Carifest executives were requested to provide strategies to new recruits on maintaining a healthy relationship with the Caribbean community.

Team

Carifest Team

Jennifer-Ann Burgess

Jennifer-Ann Burgess

President,

The Caribbean Community Council of Calgary

Shan Burke

Shan Burke

Secretary,

The Caribbean Community Council of Calgary

Dale Greene

Dale Greene

Vice-President,

The Caribbean Community Council of Calgary

Oneil Randall

Oneil Randall

Volunteer Coordinator,

Carifest

Whitney Cousins

Whitney Cousins

Treasurer,

The Caribbean Community Council of Calgary