The Zambian-Canadian Association of Families & friends in BC
The Zambian-Canadian Association of Families and Friends in BC (ZCAFFBC) also known as The Zambians in British Columbia (ZamBC) Association was founded in 2009. The association general membership consists of individuals of Zambian decent and other nationalities with interest in Zambia. The association accepts individuals resident in British Columbia of all nationalities, race, creed or gender. Discussions amongst Zambians in BC that commenced prior to the formation of the association highlighted the need of unity after discovering that we all faced the same problems and challenges while residing in a foreign land. Thereafter a group of families met and ushered into office a committee of members that would be responsible for the administration of the association we now call ZamBC. The association has been established with the following objectives:
1. To initiate, build and sustain unity within our growing Zambian community in British Columbia.
2. To provide a forum for Zambian and other nationals resident in British Columbia and Canadian nationals with interest in Zambia.
3. To promote social events and other cultural activities
4. To celebrate and maintain our rich cultural traditions.
5. To offer assistance to Zambians settling and living in British Columbia.
6. To be a resource centre for Zambians to help themselves through networking and exchange of information.
The association is led by elected leaders from the association at the annual general meeting. The committee has a chairman, treasurer and secretary and has led the organisation since registration. The committee meets once every two months to achieve its goals. The 2017/2018 members of the ZamBC executive are:
Chairperson: Jenipher Mtambo
V.Chairperson: Victor Katongo
Secretary: Lulu Mwanawasa
V. Secretary: Kuchi Malyo
Treasurer: Carol Mumba
V.Treasurer: Derrick Chansa
Trustee: Vera Muhongo
Trustee: Bangane Moyo
Trustee: Tawanda Daka
Immediate Past Executive (2015-2017)
Chairperson: Andy Mtambo
Vice-Chairperson: Saul Phiri
Secretary: Kuchi Malyo
Vice-Secretary: Chova Malyo
Treasurer: Carol Mumba
We warmly welcome members to join ZamBC. The following conditions apply to ZamBC membership:
1. Any person regardless of nationality of origin, race, creed or gender, resident in Canada and interested in Zambian affairs, shall be eligible for membership of the Association.
2. Membership of the Association shall consist of Ordinary membership, Family membership (including one or two adults and their children and dependants under the age of 18 i.e. ‘youth’), Student membership and Associate membership. Membership shall be open to any Zambian, spouse of a Zambian and friends of Zambia including associate members who are interested in the furthering of the aims of the association.
3. Members of the Association shall be expected at all times to conduct themselves in a dignified manner and to respect the laws of the Canadian and Zambian governments.
4. The Executive Committee of the Association shall determine the fee payable with respect to all types of membership provided that persons designated as ‘youth’ shall be entitled to free membership.
In the event that one wishes to withdraw his/her membership, the association accepts and values heir opinions.
The Constitution – file
Guidelines For Funeral Assistance – file
About Zambia- Our roots
Zambia is a landlocked country with an area of 753,000 square kilometres located in south central Africa. It is surrounded by 8 neighbouring countries. Currently, the population stands at approximately 13 million people. Zambia gets its name from the river Zambezi which is the fourth largest water system in Africa. Zambia was under British colonial rule from 1923 to 1964 when it became an independent state. English is the official language of communication. Other languages which are predominantly spoken are Bemba, Nyanja, Lozi and Tonga.
The Zambian economy is mainly based on the mining industry. The country possesses various minerals such as copper, cobalt, and various precious stones including amethyst, gold, blue stones and emeralds. The country possesses 6% of the world’s copper reserves. In the early 1970’s, Zambia was the second largest copper producer in the world. It is home to the largest open pit mine in Africa called Lumwana.
Apart from copper mining and processing other notable economic/ industrial activities include construction, foodstuffs, beverages, chemicals, textiles, fertilizer and horticulture . Zambia agricultural products include corn, sorghum, rice, peanuts, sunflower seed, vegetables, flowers, tobacco, cotton, sugarcane, cassava (tapioca), coffee; cattle, goats, pigs, poultry, milk, eggs and hides.
Zambia is among the top tourist destinations in Africa largely due the vast numbers of tourist attractions that have been preserved in their natural state. Tourist attractions include the mighty Victoria Falls (Mosi-o-Tunya), Livingstone museum, Zambezi River, Lake Tanganyika, Lake Kariba and The Chimp Sanctuary. Zambia also has well preserved and protected game reserves which include the Kafue, Mfuwe, Luangwa and Lochinvar game parks. In these game parks, tourists can enjoy an array of game viewing safaris such as walking safaris, birding safaris, horseback safaris, canoeing safaris and photographic safaris.
Click here to visit Zambia Tourism Board Website
On 23rd October 2010, His Excellency, Dr. Nevers S. Mumba launched the first ever Discover Zambia Magazine in Mississauga, Toronto, during the 46th Independence Day celebrations.
The Magazine showcases:
- National profile
- Trade and investment opportunities
- Attractions in Beautiful Zambia
- Successful investment stories
Click the magazine cover (on the left) to view the PDF version of the magazine.
British Columbia's GDP is the fourth largest
in Canada at C$197.93 billion in 2008. GDP per capita stands at
C$45,150. The province has historically had a resource dominated
economy, centered on the forestry industry but also with increasing
importance in mining. Employment trends have begun to exhibit an
increase in the construction and retail/service sectors.