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Celebrating Black trailblazers

The City of Markham celebrated the history of Black talent by highlighting some of its first-ever Black employees. The event took place at the Markham Civic Centre on Feb. 15.

“We are very proud of the three trailblazers,” said Mayor Franks Scarpitti.

The three trailblazers acknowledged were Fire Captain Kevin Comrie (2001-current), Customer Service Representative Ira Davis (1987-current) and Fitness Program Coordinator Warren Watson (1985-current).

During the month of February, three signs will be placed in the Great Hall at the Markham Civic Centre throughout Black History Month and will feature a short bio on these staff trailblazers, along with their photo.

In 2020, the Markham council unanimously endorsed a Strategy to Combat Anti-Black Racism. Since then, Markham council and city staff received training on anti-Black racism. This same training, Let’s Talk About Racism, is an eLearning module that is also available to the public at markham.ca/LetsTalkAboutRacism.

 

Photo: Mayor Frank Scarpitti, CAO Andy Taylor, and Markham council pose for a photo with trailblazers: Fire Captain Kevin Comrie, Customer Service Representative Ira Davis and Fitness Program Coordinator Warren Watson.

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