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Director of Athletics to be presented with African Canadian Achievement Award

By Antoinette Mercurio

Ivan Joseph

Ivan Joseph, director of athletics, will be presented with an African Canadian Achievement Award as part of Black History Month celebrations.

Director of Athletics Ivan Joseph has been selected to receive the African Canadian Achievement Award (ACAA) for Excellence in Sports.

With his large family in tow, Joseph will be attending the awards presentation on Feb. 22 hosted by Pride News Magazine, Canada’s Caribbean and African-Canadian weekly news outlet. The event is billed as the premier celebration of contemporary Black History makers during Black History Month.

Joseph was nominated for his achievement and excellence in sports and leadership roles in sports administration. He is an accomplished soccer player and coach and was previously director of soccer operations at Graceland University. His academic achievements, which include a PhD in sports psychology, impressed the selection committee. Joseph was one of the many people who have led the ongoing transformation of the university and its varsity teams. The building of the Mattamy Athletic Centre has created a new momentum in Rams sports as the men’s and women’s teams are making improvements to advance to championship status.

A three-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Coach of the Year winner, Joseph shares the ACAA with fellow Canadian icons Michael “Pinball” Clemons, former head coach and general manager of the Toronto Argonauts; Donovan Bailey, former world sprint champion and Olympic gold medalist; and Charmaine Crooks, five-time Olympian, Olympic silver medalist and member of the Order of Canada.

“Any award that’s given to one individual is a result of a team effort,” Joseph said. “It’s never a single person or event or skill set [that resulted in my success]. I’ve been lucky enough to have really good mentors. Being at Ryerson right now, at this particular time, there are lots of changes, growth and light being shed on what people are doing here. It’s because of opportunities Ryerson has provided me and the great team here that accomplishments happen.”

In addition to Joseph’s award presentation, Ryerson is hosting a series of events in support of Black History Month, organized by the Ryerson Students’ Union, United Black Students at Ryerson, the Racialised Students’ Collective and Diversity Institute. Below is a list of upcoming events to check out on campus:

The Library collection features many items relating to Black History – a sample of titles is available in the display case on the main floor. Ryerson’s signature Black History Month event, the Viola Desmond Awards, will take place on March 3 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in POD250. Stay tuned for a future story in Ryerson Today.

Off-campus, fourth-year photography student John Campbell is the featured artist at the Gladstone Hotel. Going by his artist name, Jon Blak, Campbell’s exhibit Home: Photographs by Jon Blak addresses racism, stereotypes and role models for young people. Home is part of the TD: Then and Now Black History Month series, an annual artistic cultural showcase. To learn more about Campbell and his exhibit visit Further venue and exhibit information can be found at