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DHA To Celebrate Dominica's 38th Anniversary of Independence - Saturday October 15, 2016

The Houston Dominica Association (DHA) invites you to Celebrate Dominica's 38th Anniversary of Independence on Saturday October 15, 2016 beginning at 7:00pm. The celebration will be held at the Bayou Event Center located at 9401 Knight Road Houston, Texas 77045. This year, The Association also celebrates twenty years of Independence celebrations in the Greater Houston Area. The Master of Ceremony Alex Bruno, Cultural Performance by the DHA Dancers and the Keynote Speaker will be Dominican-born The Honorable Dr. Irving André, Superior Court of Justice of Canada.


Justice André received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the West Indies in 1981. He received a Bachelor of Laws in 1988, a Master of Laws in 2006 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 2010 from Osgoode Hall Law School. He was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1991. André was appointed a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice in 2002. Prior to his appointment, he was vice-chair of the Ontario License Appeal Tribunal from 2001 to 2002. He was a criminal defense lawyer from 1994 to 2002 and an assistant Crown attorney from 1991 to 1994. His main area of practice was criminal law.

Dominica Houston Association Celeberates Dominica's 38th Anniversary of Independence

He has been an administrative judge (criminal) in Brampton since 2010 and chair of the Brampton Criminal Case Management Committee as well as co-chair of the Brampton Local Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee since 2011.


André was born in Curacao but grew up in Dominica. He left the island to study geography at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica on a US AID scholarship. He then moved to the United States to pursue a doctorate in history at the prestigious John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, once again on a scholarship. André moved to Canada in 1984 where he went on to study law. The accomplished jurist is also a prolific writer who has so far written seven books.


The evening will include a performance by Dennison "King Dice" Joseph, Dominica’s eight-time Calypso Monarch, winning his eighth crown in 2016. He now ties the record with Trinidad's Mighty Sparrow, who has also been crowned Calypso King eight times. The king’s singing career started in 1998 when he took part in the junior calypso monarch while still a student at SMA, he then took his skill further in 2002 as a competitor at the National Calypso King competition where he placed 3rd with the song “Tarzan.” Still not deterred by his loss, Denison came back to compete with the song that made him king for the first time “Animal Farm” in 2004. In 2005 he recaptured the crown with a popular hit, Puppet Master and in 2006 did the broke long-standing record of capturing the crown three consecutive times with another hit I Aint Afraid of Dem. With a powerful voice and an exceptional writer, Pat Aaron the sky is the limit for this young artist.


Donations for the Independence celebrations are $75 (Proceeds to benefit the Scholarship Fund). For Tickets: Online: dhagala2016.eventbrite.com or Call 281-643-7108.


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