2024 Festival:
October 21–27

Valerie Jerome

(British Columbia)

VALERIE JEROME became Canadian senior women’s champion in the sprints and long jump at the age of 15 in 1959 and went on to represent Canada at the 1960 Rome Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, and the Pan American Games (where she won a bronze medal in the 4 x 100 metre relay). Jerome’s brother Harry was one of the most recognizable Black Canadian athletes in the 1960s. Away from the track, Jerome has represented the Green Party of British Columbia and is a recipient of the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal and a City of Vancouver Heritage Award for her work in conservation.

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