Retaining the history of the region is vital for future generations to understand their heritage.
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has found the perfect storyteller in Trinidad born Canadian Rita Cox who chronicles the Caribbean legacy, and will honor her with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Media Day luncheon in Toronto on 22 Aug.
A librarian by profession, Cox is a renowned storyteller and admired leader in the community.
She joined the Toronto public library as a children’s librarian in 1960 and in 1972 she became the head of the Parkdale branch where she launched literacy programmes and other initiatives that promoted multiculturalism throughout Toronto.
During her tenure, Cox pioneered the library’s “Black Heritage and West Indian Resource Collection,” which was renamed in 1998 to the “Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection.”
It soon became one of the most comprehensive collections of its kind in Canada and today, continues to be a source of pride for the community.
“The Caribbean Tourism Organization appreciates Rita Cox’s passion for promoting Caribbean heritage through the collection she developed for the Toronto public library as well as her storytelling events that pass our history on to the next generation,” said Sylma Brown, director of CTO-USA.