the vision of AHAVI is African heritage community capacity building, and it is AHAVI’s mission to accomplish this vision through connecting all Africans, people of African descent and friends of Africa with each other as the rest of cultural communities on Vancouver Island.
Prior to 2004, there was no association unifying and/ integrating all the African heritage groups in Victoria and other locations on Vancouver Island. As a result, Africans and people of African descent did not have a strong community voice and capacity in the Communities of Vancouver Island.
Whenever a group of Africans (African Cultural Association; Kenyan, Ethiopian, Somali, Eritrean, Congolese, Zimbabwean, Mozambican, Malawian, South African, Ghanaian, Liberian, Sierra Leonean, Nigerian, Rwandese, etc.) and people of African descent (Black History Awareness Society, Caribbean groups) met they expressed the need for such a unifying organization.
To meet this need, in 2004 the African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island (AHAVI) was formed as a non-profit organization to build a united and strong community by co-operatively organizing, and supporting events and activities to meet the needs of Africans, people of African descent, and friends of Africa on Vancouver Island.
Listing last confirmed: Feb. 7, 2013