On Saturday January 12th, 2024, the Executive Director of Washington West African Center Pa Ousman Joof was officially presented with the African Non Profit Executive Director of the year award 2022 at the closing ceremony of the convening of the Washington Community Alliance held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Seatac.
It could be recalled that exactly this time last year, the WAWAC ED was crowned as the Executive Director of the year and the Washington West African Center (WAWAC) was named the African nonprofit of the year 2022 by the African achievement award annually organized by Chanel- A TV.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the award ceremony was held virtually on December 31st, 2022. Since the awards were not presented to the awardees, Chanel-A TV proudly presented the awards to Pa Ousman -Joof and others at the WCA convening which brought together several dozens of leaders of different communities from across the state of Washington.
As a member of the WCA, WAWAC has been participating in a lot of programs including the monthly round tables, direct implementation of different programs, convenings, conferences and workshops, outreach and advocacy on different issues. Etc. At this year’s event, we did some networking, talked about the work we do for the West African Community and added our voice to the diverse discussions that took place. The event which was a lot of fun also availed us the opportunity to reconnect with folks we already knew as well as new people. WAWAC’s ED and two staff members attended both days of the event.
|Friday the 12th was the first of the convening which started with registration and dinner with a lot of different food, drinks and dessert.
We got warmed up by the Gansango drumming, music and dance group. The event then proceeded with a welcoming remark by SeaTac mayor, Jake Simpson and later closed with a general plenary of the vision for WCA.
The second and last day of the convening – January 13, 2024 kicked off with breakfast and continued with an opening plenary. Thereafter, 4 different workshops such as the democracy reform workshops, the public safety workshops, the housing workshops and the immigrant rights workshops were held – enabling robust and insightful discussions on social justice.
n addition to the award given to WAWAC and Executive Director Joof by Channel a TV, WCA also recognized the role of WAWAC as a valuable partner since its (WCA) inception when it used to be called Washington Census alliance. We were given 3 Certificates for the work we did about the Washington Immigrants Relief Fund (WIRF), The Child Tax Credit and other outreach activities.
It could be recalled that in mid-October 2023,, WAWAC ED Pa Ousman JOOF was also awarded the “Community Catalyst Award” by the Evans School of Public Policy of the University of Washington in Seattle which was presented to him at a colorful event held at the city hall in downtown Seattle.