WIBCA Phase 1: The First 5 Years
In the spring of 1982, Norma Husbands and Margaret Jolly, the co-founders of WIBCA, were looking for organized activities for their children. Through their inquiries, they met Linton Garner, Juvenile Diversion Worker at the West Island YMCA and Momoh Kakulatomba, member of the BCCQ. Subsequently, a meeting with Black professionals was arranged, which lead to the realization that there was a need for a Black association in the West Island.
WIBCA Phase 2: The Second 5 Years
WIBCA continues to fulfill its mandate to provide a variety of cultural, social, and educational programs for the community.
WIBCA Phase 3: The Third 5 Years
WIBCA not only manages to overcome an expropriation crisis, but secures its own building, and begins forming new partnerships.
WIBCA Phase 4: The Fourth 5 Years
WIBCA continues to maintain its programs and services, and to liaise with the police, as well as with municipal, provincial and federal politicians, and the Lester B. Pearson School Board. The organization also celebrates its 20th Anniversary in September 2002 with the theme ” Perseverance – a Fundamental Requirement for Success”.
WIBCA Phase 5: The Fifth 5 Years
WIBCA focuses on rebuilding, expansion and consolidation by reconnecting with other community groups and continuing relationships with political representatives at all levels of government.
The Next Generation
WIBCA becomes the owner of its property, and makes a monumental shift in its services in response to a world-wide pandemic.