Munch Africa is an interactive cultural food competition featuring renowned chefs from all over Canada with origins from every part of Africa. This event is created by Cangro Agrifoods, a sustainable agriculture company that aims to help farmers and consumers to become enterprenuers in safely and sustainably growing ethnic vegetables locally.
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Claudius Maximillian Thomas is a computer engineer by trade. Claudius has worked as an entrepreneur since 1991 providing information Systems and technology solutions across various business segments in multiple countries including Canada, Denmark, Poland, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain & USA.
With a passion for developing young black youths through education, culture, and sports, he is the leader of the Windsor Chapter of Black Boys Code and recently worked with other business owners to cooperate on black business ownership. His work with Black Boys Code earned him the WEtech Alliance award ‘Tech Mentor’ of the year 2021.
Claudius has experience working with international organizations including Intact Financial, Hewlett Packard, Accenture, DAF Trucks N.V, and Right Track Music software.
Claudius now owns his own computer software, PandaceaTM, www.pandacea.ca a health and safety, and compliance management software through his I.T. services company, Turaco Web.
Claudius currently serves as a board member of WEtech Alliance, with a strong drive to help the organization understand the needs, and work to deliver the goals and objectives black entrepreneurs in the local Windsor-Essex economy.
My name is Scholastica Lyanga, I am a community leader, advocate, and volunteer. I came to Canada in June of 1973 and I was originally born in Tanzania, East Africa. I am a foreign Trained Nurse/ Midwife, mother of 4 and grandmother to two kids. I have been serving my community since my youth. In the past, I have been the President of the African Canadian Organization of Windsor (ACOW), as well as the President of W5, and current President of the African Women Association of Windsor. I serve and have served on over 20 committees around the Windsor-Essex community, and have been and currently still on the executive board of several associations. I’ve been a volunteer at W5 for 30 years, I’ve taught seniors and women English as a second language to those who did not qualify due to their status, as a few examples.
I have been the recipient of The Life Achievement Award by W5 (2021), Ontario Volunteer Governor General Award Medal,
Volunteer Service Distinguish Award by W5,
25 Years W5 Anniversary Past President Award, W5/Retirement Appreciation Service Certificate, Rosa Park Award (2019), Community Leadership Service Award (2012), 100 Years Windsor Centennial Award Medal , 15 years Ontario Service Award, ACOW Distinguish Service Award, W5 Volunteer Distinguish Award, Jean Foster Welcoming Community Award, CCAC Appreciation Service Certificate, Summer Youth Job Program Recognition and Support Award (5 years), Catholic Women’s League of Canada Service Pins Award for 40,25, and 10 years, Ontario Volunteer Service Award 15 and 5 years.
I am Zakaria Chemzari, Originally from Morocco and President of the Association of Moroccans of the World (Windsor branch). I have always worked in the social field and I am connected to almost every community in Windsor.
Our diversity is our strength
It is an honor for me to participate in such an event.
The Munch Africa International Cooking Competition is an opportunity to taste food from different countries and culture and I am delighted to be part of the judging committee and hope to be up to it.
Chef Nada Ayad