The GG Gives BDJ the OC and happiness reigns on Jolly Way
ONLY CARIBBEAN CANADIAN TO RECEIVE THE ORDER OF CANADA - FLOW FOUNDER DENHAM JOLLY
Jolly spent years trying to launch a Black-owned Canadian FM radio station in the city. It was a hard-won decade long battle that resulted in Flow 93.5 going on air in the year 2000.
He has been honoured many times and in many ways during his long career. He has won awards for his cultural contributions including the Black Media Pioneer Award, the African Canadian Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Canadian Urban Institute's City Soul Award. In 2007 he was presented with a Black History Award from the Markham African Caribbean Association. The city even named a lane after him – Jolly Way.
Three years ago B. Denham Jolly won the $10,000 2017 Toronto Book Awards for his memoir In the Black: My Life, published by ECW Press.
Upon learning of the Governor General’s announcement Jolly is quoted as saying that “he was humbled to receive one of the highest honours of Canada where I have lived for over 60 years and honoured to be regarded as a contributor to such a great country”.
It wasn’t long after that Twitter was jammed with messages of congratulations from Canadians, Jamaicans and fans throughout the Caribbean!
“ In 1982, when Denham Jolly founded the BBPA, we wonder if he also thought that 38 years later he would be appointed this great position,” tweeted the Black Business and Professional Association. “Huge Congratulations!!”