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Late President of Hamilton’s Afro-Canadian Caribbean Association, (ACCA) Beatrice McLean has been laid to rest in Hamilton

Burial Community Leader McLeans(Mosaic Edition) (November 20, 2010)

The respected community leader and Late President of Hamilton’s Afro-Canadian Caribbean Association, (ACCA) Beatrice McLean has been laid to rest in Hamilton after a service attended by a cross section of the community drawn from Canada and abroad.

The community leader made a lot of impressions in the community through her contributions to the association, involvement in youth programs and her dedication to her church.

The memorial service described as “The Celebration and Thanksgiving for the Life of Beatrice McLean” included eulogies from friends and family members and a musical tribute by Harvey Palmer.

Reverend Stephen Murray in his reflections related the dedication of the late ACCA president of cooking breakfast every Saturday for members of the youth group as a hallmark of the humility of a leader.

“The cooking might be cute to some of us but sharing food is deeply spiritual." “It is the gift that Jesus offered to his friends shortly before he died,” he said. “Queen Bea” as fondly called by friends loved cooking and sharing food with others.

“If you cook it they will come,” was one of her sayings.

The significance of her love to share meals, according to Reverend Murray was reflected in her faith and belief in social justice. “The sharing of this food and faith is the ministry of Bea’s life and God's love.”

“Each time that we share something as simple and as ordinary as a meal the food is transformed as a means of reconciliation and grace."

Often after sharing meals the community leader will also talk about social justice and her passion for politics.

Ms McLean had suffered from medical complications the past two (2) years, but was steadily recovering enough to return to her duties as the President of the Afro-Canadian Caribbean Association (A.C.C.A.), one of Hamilton's oldest established Non-Profit Charitable organizations since 1979.

She was also the Secretary of Hamilton Folk Arts Heritage Council, the organization responsible for "It's Your Festival" event held at Gage Park for the past 40 years. She was the Secretary of the Liberal Party in the Riding of Hamilton West.

Mosaic Edition will miss Ms Mclean. She was always wearing a smile each time a fresh copy of the publication was delivered to her office.

Her remains were laid to rest at the Mount Hamilton Cemetery.

Beatrice McLean was photographed during an interview wth Mosaic Edition in 2009

Community leader Queen BeaMEphotos of some community leaders at the service are shown below

mourners at funeral Queen Bea


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