Powerful and First African Nova Scotian Female Receives Prestigious Award in Ottawa
Jessica Bowden, an African Nova Scotian entrepreneur, was the first Nova Scotian to receive the esteemed Hope, Success & Empowerment Award at the University of Ottawa’s Black History Month Gala.
Held on February 4, the gala honoured several young leaders, elders, and people who are volunteering and dedicating their time and life to helping others in Canada, Africa and/or in African-American communities. Other recipients of the award this year included Tré Armstrong, a former judge on So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Paula Whitelocke from Hair Designs by Paula and Stacey McKenzie, Top model and former judge/model coach on Canada’s Next Top Model.
I am like a conductor on a train says Jessica, and my responsibility is to make sure it keeps going on the track
Jessica Bowden was nominated for her ongoing work with Nova Scotian youth, where she has brought back a sense of hope and empowerment to them through different platforms, such as Teens Now Talk, motivational speaking and the teen-oriented events she puts on, such as the TNT Passport 2 Youth Success XPO.
To receive such an amazing award and be recognized for my work in Ottawa at the time by the former recipient of the same award and former Governor General of Canada, Michaëlle Jean, was beyond empowering.
“I am like a conductor on a train says Jessica, and my responsibility is to make sure it keeps going on the track,” she says. “The youth are the fuel. They keep the journey going.”
Spreading the Love!
I believe this award was possible by the support of the youth and the community and I had so much fun, taking it to the streets and having each, hold the award and share in my glory.
Thank you MLA Ian Rankin, for bring my accomplishment to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly.