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Local News: Single Mom proud of Parenting Award Black Habits Articles Margarett R. Best juggled two jobs to put herself through law school, became a successful lawyer, and has an impressive resumé as a community activist. But above all of that, Best is most proud of being a good parent.

The single mother of four — one of whom died not long after birth — will be honoured this weekend, along with Canadian jazz icon Oscar Peterson and Ontario Chief Justice Roy McMurtry at the African Canadian Achievement Awards.

She will be presented with The Matilda Van Cooten Award for Excellence in Single Parenting. “I’ve been to these awards before and when they phoned me to say I’d be receiving one I was very excited,”

Best said. “I think being a parent is the most difficult job. It’s very hard work.” But Best is used to working hard. After her mother died when she was 11, Best’s father wasn’t able to take care of her and her three siblings. A few years later, she and a sister immigrated to Michigan from Jamaica to stay with a great uncle. But when he died not long after that, the young teens were left alone.

“We had to lie about our ages and get jobs while going to high school. I was 14. I’ve always worked. It’s just one of those things,” the 47-yearold said. TORSTAR NEWS SERVICE
Posted on Friday, May 26 @ 14:13:18 UTC by jcohen

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