Len Chan, based in Calgary, has contributed articles and photographs to The Afro News for 19 years. He has been our man on the ground at Toronto’s Caribbean Festival (formerly Caribana) for most of those years and covered events in Calgary and Edmonton and one year even covered the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders. He has kept a finger on the pulse of the efforts of Canadian Black Caribbean and African organizations as they bring culture, food and entertainment to the citizens of Calgary and to Afro News readers across the country and around the globe. He has interviewed many of the special guests at these functions including, Municipal and Federal politicians, High Commissioners and Consulate representatives.
Recently Len was honored by the Jamaican Canadian Association of Calgary for his contribution to their organization and for showcasing their events in the media. He was also the first in his city to cover events for the Jamaican Gleaner newspaper. Many have credited him for being a catalyst for reconnecting “friends from home” after his articles appeared in print.
About Len: He was born in Prince Rupert, B.C., grew up in Vancouver, attended Killarney High School and graduated from Richm0nd High School in 1963. He attended Vancouver Vocational School to study accounting and worked for the CNR and Air Canada before moving to Calgary during the first oil boom where he was employed by a chemical company. He also spent some time living in Jamaica.
All of us at The Afro News appreciate his contributions to our newspaper and send congratulations for the well-deserved honor he has recently received.