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Mrs. Gemma Raeburn-Baynes

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Phone: (514) ***-****  HQ Phone
83 Belanger Street
Montreal , Quebec H2S 1E1

Company Description: A Taste of the Caribbean is an excellent way to promote tourism and trade in the various Caribbean Islands. A review of our festival, its products and services,...   more

Employment History

  • President
    Playmas Montreal
  • President
    A Taste of the Caribbean
  • President and Founder
    Playmas Montreal Cultural Association
  • Manager, Internship Programs
    Bank of Montreal
  • Senior Auditor
    Bank of Montreal
  • Managerial Positions
    Bank of Montreal
  • Senior Auditor
    BMO Bank of Montreal

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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Web References
Gemma's bio, 4 Nov 2014 [cached]
Gemma Raeburn-Baynes is a Senior Auditor with the Bank of Montreal (BMO), where she has worked since 1973. She has also been active in business, community development and charitable initiatives. At BMO she has held a number of managerial positions and made significant contributions to the Bank's development in the areas of equity and diversity and initiated several programs promoting education and employment skills for Black and visible minority youth, people with disabilities and aboriginal youth.
Gemma is an avid fundraiser for numerous charitable organizations. With over 40 years of work and volunteer experience in the community she has set up several non-profit organizations and projects aimed at bringing to light the rich culture of the Caribbean. Gemma is President and Founder of Playmas Montreal Cultural Association and A Taste of the Caribbean Festival, the largest Caribbean Food Festival in Quebec. Some of her many initiatives include: Triumph Through Adversity, a culinary scholarship program for disenfranchised and unemployed youth, The Montreal Ebony Models, the first Black Modeling agency in Quebec, the Miss Black Quebec Pageant, and Montreal's Caribbean Carnival. She was a founding Board Member of Dalhousie University's James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies. Gemma also sits on several boards, including the Black Community Editorial Board of the CBC.
Among her many awards, she was made a "Woman of Distinction" by the YWCA in 1997 for community service and awarded the Montreal Business and Professional Women's Club "Woman of Achievement" award in 1998. For promoting her beloved community and human dignity, Gemma received the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award in 2008 and the Jackie Robinson Montreal Association of Black Business Persons Award. Most recently she received the Community Service Arts and Culture Award from the Consul General of Grenada to Canada and was featured in the 2011 Black History Month Calendar, celebrating 20 years. Gemma is featured in the first and second edition of "Who's Who in Black Canada". Most recently she received the Community Service Arts and Culture Award from the Consul General of Grenada to Canada, The Award of Honor from the Grenada 27th Anniversary Independence Committee and the Honorary Consul for Grenada in Montreal saluting her dedicated and inspiring service to the Grenadian and Montreal Community. Gemma was featured in the 2011 Black History Month Calendar, celebrating 20 years. Gemma is featured in the first and second edition of "Who's Who in Black Canada". In October 2011 she received the distinguished Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Award for Distinguished Community Service given to her by the QCGN (Quebec Community Group Network) for which she was recognized at the House of Commons by the Sub-Committee on Official Languages.
Most recently, on November 11, 2012, Raeburn-Baynes received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Lieutenant Governor of Quebec. She was recognized as a strong advocate for the promotion of culture through the performing arts and anti-racist education. She was cited for her tireless work for the advancement and contribution of Caribbean and Black culture to a multicultural Canada. Gemma was also recognized for initiating several multicultural programs at Bank of Montreal to help visible-minority youth, which earned Bank of Montreal plaudits from the Conference Board of Canada.
A Taste Of The Caribbean - Contact Us, 10 Feb 2012 [cached]
President: Gemma Raeburn-Baynes (514) 620-6612 - Gemma's Bio
This event will be produced by ..., 8 Mar 2015 [cached]
This event will be produced by Gemma Raeburn-Baynes, President of Playmas Montreal and The Montreal Ebony Models,** an organization celebrating its 35th anniversary of style in 2015, and Playmas Montreal Cultural Association,** a non-profit organization founded in 2000 to promote Caribbean culture and provide a wide range of Caribbean cultural and social development programs to the Black and Caribbean Canadian community.
Gemma Raeburn-Baynes was ..., 25 May 2011 [cached]
Gemma Raeburn-Baynes was among 70 Montrealers to recieve the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from Quebec's Lieutenant Governor, His Excellency Pierre Duchesne, at a ceremony on Sunday, November 11, at College Regina Assumpta. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a new commemorative medal created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's accession to the throne as Queen, and a tangible way to honour Her Majesty for her service to Canada. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. Mrs. Raeburn-Baynes, who was born in Grenada and moved to Montreal with her family in 1964, was recognized for her work in community building. She is the founder of Playmas Montreal which organizes Taste of The Caribbean, the annual food festival that draws thousands of Montrealers to sample the cuisine of the islands. She was also a co-founder of Miss Black Quebec and the Ebony Models and has been involved in countless efforts assisting community organizations in their fundraising initiatives. She accepted the medal with humility and pride. "This is a huge opportunity to celebrate being a Canadian and to leave a legacy for my son and his future children to be proud of," she says.
People of SCPA, 27 May 2010 [cached]
Gemma RaeBurn, Manager, Internship Program, Workplace Equity, Bank of Montreal
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