Nine Honoured in St. Catherine on Heroes’ Day – St. Catherine Municipal Corporation
Eight individuals and an Organisation were on Monday, October 15, recognized in the fields of Agriculture, Education, Religion, Culture and Community Development, at the JCDC,
St. Catherine Municipal Corporation’s hosted National Heroes’ Day Civic and Awards Ceremony, Emancipation Square, Spanish Town.
The awardees, conferred for having made significant contributions to uplift and strengthen communities in their respective fields and endeavours are; Meleta Campbell, for Agriculture; Lorraine Cummings-Grant and Colleen Hayden, Education; Ewart Henry and
Rev. George E. Thomas for Religion, Andreen O’Connor for Culture and Ripton McLean, Sandra Solomon and Food for the Poor (Jamaica) for Community Development.
Mayor of Spanish Town and the Corporation’s Chairman, Councillor Norman Scott in his remarks, beseeched fellow Jamaicans to remember the selfless sacrifice, the unflinching commitment and the indomitable spirit of our national heroes who with courage, bravery and determination fought for the priceless gift of freedom, standing up for what they believed in.
In reflecting on this year’s theme, “One Love, One Family, One Heritage”, Mayor Scott said the beauty of this country should go beyond aesthetics and reflect in how we treat our fellowman, the environment and how we use our talents and abilities to impact the lives of others.
“I am certain that our ancestors intended for us to build on their strength, by being our brother’s keeper and creating a peaceful and stable country that we can all be proud to call home. We cannot fix all the ills in our land, but we can all extend kindness and demonstrate love to those around us, especially the less fortunate”, Mayor Scott said.
Among the officials who participated in the ceremony was Mr. Joseph Parker, JP, representing Reverend the Honourable Jeffery McKenzie, Custos, Rotolorum of
St. Catherine. He also read the National Heroes Day message from the Governor General. Councillor Roogae Kirlew read the Leader of the Opposition’s message and Councillor Leroy Dunn, read the message from the Prime Minister of Jamaica.
Also in attendance were representatives of the St. Catherine Joint Civic Affairs Committee, Jamaica Constabulary Force, Jamaica Fire Brigade, the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force, and other uniformed groups.
The function ended with the parade, which included members of several Uniformed Groups and Marching Bands.
Councillor Roogae Kirlew
Councillor Leroy Dunn
CEO Andre Griffiths presenting plaque