Rosa White named first-ever recipient of NABHM’s Betty Simpson Volunteer of the Year Award

 

 

Rosa White (foreground, right) accepts the first-ever Betty Simpson Volunteer of the Year Award during the North American Black Historical Museum’s annual general meeting held May 10. At left is Trisha Bray, Simpson’s daughter and a director with the NABHM. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Rosa White (foreground, right) accepts the first-ever Betty Simpson Volunteer of the Year Award during the North American Black Historical Museum’s annual general meeting held May 10. At left is Trisha Bray, Simpson’s daughter and a director with the NABHM. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

The North American Black Historical Museum has remembered one of its founders and honoured a long-time volunteer at the same time.

The NABHM’s board of directors has created the Betty Simpson Volunteer of the Year Award and presented the first-ever award to Rosa White. Simpson, who died April 4 at age 88, co-founded the NABHM with husband Mac.

“The board of directors at the museum are very generous in awarding me the Betty Simpson Volunteer of the Year Award,” said White, who served on town council from 2000-10. “I am happy to be recognized alongside such a beautiful person. I dedicate myself to the museum as a volunteer because I know how important it is to the Town of Amherstburg, our community, and the people whose stories it shares.”

The award was presented to White May 10 as part of the NABHM’s 39th annual general meeting. The board recognized White’s service as a “long-standing volunteer” in presenting her the award.

“Volunteers are the life blood of any non-profit organization and their work provides a foundation for reaching our vision. At the North American Black Historical Museum we are fortunate to have one particularly dedicated and long standing volunteer,” the board said in a statement.

The board said White was named the first-ever recipient of the award because of her “love and dedication of the museum” and her support of Black history in the region.

“For over 15 years, Rosa White has been supporting local Black history education through her volunteer work and financial support,” the board’s statement continued. “Rosa is always looking for ways to promote the museum, ensure our success and continue to educate Essex County and beyond about descendants of the Underground Railroad and the contributions of African-Canadians. Rosa is a past board member, a current donor and a passionate volunteer. She currently assists with the maintenance of our museum property, securing sponsors for our events and raising awareness in the community. We celebrate Rosa’s contribution to the promotion and preservation of Canadian Black history. She deserves to be the first to receive this annual award in the name of our founders wife, Mrs. Betty Simpson. Thank you Rosa.”

The North American Black Historical Museum is located at 277 King St. For more information, call 519-736-5433 or visit www.blackhistoricalmuseum.org.

 

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