February marks Black History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions in the field of Allergy and Immunology.

 June Marion James was born in Trinidad & Tabago and moved to Manitoba in 1960 to become the first Black woman admitted to the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Medicine. She received her M.D. in 1967, and went on to earn Specialist Certificates in Pediatrics and Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology for which she was named a Fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Canada) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. She began her career as a specialist in the Department of Allergy and Immunology at the Winnipeg Clinic in 1976, where she continues to practice today. Dr. James was one of the founders of Manitoba’s Family Allergy College. She has also served as a councilor for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba and later became its president. Overall, she has served on over 20 boards and committees. She has been involved with organizations such as the Caribbean Canadian Association, the Winnipeg Foundation, United Way, the Congress of Black Women, and the Manitoba Museum and more. She also played an instrumental role in founding the Harambee Housing Co-op, which provides social housing at an affordable cost to a culturally and racially diverse population in Winnipeg. She has also been the Secretary of Education for the Caribbean Canada Heart Health Education ,  a not-for-profit Winnipeg based organization (Incorporation) and works in collaboration with the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (https://www.caribbeanhearthealth.ca/about/). For her work, Dr. James has been a recipient of numerous awards such as YMCAs Woman of the Year (1981), the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), the Order of Manitoba (2004), and the Volunteer Centre Award for Outstanding Community Leadership (2005). (https://www.facebook.com/CASC.ACCS/posts/bhm2020dr-june-marion-james-firstblackwoman-admitted-to-umanitobas-faculty-of-me/1793525710777309/)