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Annual Trailblazers Award

Every year, the Trailblazer Award is presented to an individual or organization who has blazed a trail, therefore paving the way for others to follow.

Since the inception of the Award, JAC has recognized the following Trailblazers:

  • Ms. Euannie Catnott, Mother’s Kitchen (2011)

  • Mr. Gary Moore, James Hillhouse High Track Coach (2011)

  • Mr. George Gorden Sr., Third World Café (2012)

  • Ms. Yvette Hamilton, New Haven Alderwoman (2012)

  • Ms. Janice Hart, Cultural Icon and Performer (2012)

  • Cedella Marley, Singer, Actress & Author (2012)

  • The West Indian Social Club of Hartford (2012)

  • Mrs. Ena Williams, Yale New Haven Hospital (2013)

  • Mr. Neville Wisdom, Founder, NW Fashion Design Studio (2013)

  • Dr. Maysa Akbar, PhD, ABPP, Integrated Wellness Group (2014)

  • Mr. Garfield Pilliner, M.S. 2013-14 New Haven Public School Teacher of the Year (2014)

  • Paula Vassell, Entreprenuer - Agape Children's Ministries Learning Center & Lighthouse Christian Academy (2015)

  • Norman Forrester, CRPC, First VP & Sr. Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch (2015)

  • Dr. Iline P. Tracey, Director of Instruction & School Improvement, New Haven Public Schools (2016)

  • Hon. Berita Rowe-Lewis, Elected Town Official, Town of Hamden (2016)

  • Dr. Taneisha Grant, Gastroenterologist at Gastroenterology Center of Connecticut (2017)

  • Michael "Bojangles" Howell, Promoter of Jamaican Music & Culture (2017)

JAC has also bestowed over 20 Trailblazer Scholarships to deserving students in the community.