Friday, August 1, 2014

Most famous Dominican of Haitian descent gets her Dominican ID- on Emancipation Day

From Deacon Mike James:
Today  across the Commonwealth and beyond  1 August is celebrated as the anniversary  the day Slavery was finally abolished in 1838 throughout  the British Empire. (A public holiday in Jamaica and  Trinidad & Tobago)
By symbolic coincidence, in the DR, today Juliana Deguis received her national ID confirming her citizenship of the Dominican Republic where she was born 1 April 1984 of Haitian parents. See below ...
Santo Domingo: The most famous Dominican of Haitian descent on Friday received her ID card (cedula) at the Central Electoral Board (JCE) in a process her attorneys called fast and "free of trauma."
Juliana Deguis arrived at the JCE District Board at Centro de los Heroes (La Feria) at 10:30 under a downpour rain and after routine paperwork was handed her Dominican ID.
After receiving the cedula, Deguis said the first thing she'll do will be to enrol her four children in school and look for a job, to lead a normal life in her native town of Yamasa, eastern Monte Plata province.
Her lawyers Genaro Rincón and María Martínez said they were satisfied the their client's odyssey has come to an end, but vowed to continue their fight since many other descendants of Haitians are going through the same situation.
Juliana Deguis Pierre Is Now A Dominican
The Central Electoral Board (JCE) has announced that the application for an identity card (cedula) for Juliana Deguis Pierre is now complete and she can now collect her cedula.
Deguis Pierre has been at the forefront of Haitians demanding Dominican citizenship but to date had no identity card. The Constitutional Court had determined that her Dominican identity had been irregularly issued. Deguis benefited by expedited naturalization for humanitarian reasons under the process established by Law 169-14.
The Communications' Director of the JCE said that all her data has been confirmed and Deguis Pierre can now go to any cedula issuing office and pick up her card.

Emancipation Day

Date: 01/08
On August 1, 1838, the enslaved Africans throughout the British Empire in the Caribbean were finally freed from the bondage of chattel slavery.
In 1985, August 1, Emancipation Day, was declared a national holiday in Trinidad and Tobago. Since 1985, Emancipation celebrations have grown into a major national festival, where tens of thousands of people participate in various activities.
In 1997 Emancipation day was also declared a Public Holiday in Jamaica.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thursday: Intention & Desire - Becoming

From Joan Grant-Cummings ....
And from Mariama Williams ....
Joan 'Joy' Grant Cummings
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Caribbean Development Activists Women's Network (Caribbean DAWN)
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Digicel Foundation hosts Community Development Forum

Several key stakeholders and partners from the Digicel Foundation NGO community attended a forum earlier this month - held under the theme "Building Strategic Partnerships  and Collaboration in Community Development."  It was an informative and dynamic event as various NGOs explained how they established enterprises that funded their goals and provided employment for members of their communities.

Digicel Foundation's CEO, Samantha Chantrelle (right) shares a light moment with  LIME Foundation CEO, Errol Miller. Occasion was the Digicel Foundation Community Development Forum , at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Tuesday, July, 1 2014. The forum dubbed "Building Strategic Partnerships and Collaboration in Community Development," was guided by keynote speaker, Dr. Kadamawe K'nife, Director of the Office of Social Entrepreneurship, UWI. Dr. K'nife emphasised the need for all NGOs to ensure that they have a sustainable venture in order to maximise on the social impact they are able to achieve.


Dennis Chung (left), CEO of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) makes a point to Cush Lewis (right), Strategic Manager and Learning Specialist, Digicel Foundation.

Key NGO partners and stakeholders met at the Digicel Foundation Community Development Forum held under the theme, "Building Strategic Partnerships and Collaboration in Community Development" on July 1, 2014. Seen here, Kerry-Jo Lyn (2nd left) Senior Programme Manager for Community Development, Digicel Foundation engages participants in a lively discussion. From left are, Saffrey Brown JN Foundation General Manager, Sonita Abrahams, Executive Director of RISE Life, and Kim Mair, CEO of the Joan Duncan Foundation. Participants were reminded that when deciding on how to spend their funds, they should ascertain the long-term viability of the initiative to attain maximum social impact.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

St George’s College and Jesuits of Jamaica Mourn Passing of Honourable Raymond Chang

Hon. Raymond Chang O.J.
St. George’s College and the Jesuits of Jamaica are deeply saddened and mourn the passing of Hon. Raymond Chang OJ, an authentic friend.  He was a humble and cheerful man with a big heart.  He was extremely generous to many not only with his treasure, but also with his time and expertise. 

He never forgot his alma mater St. Georges College, contributing generously from his belongings, as well as from his passion for betterment and his love for Jamaica.  He gave of himself, serving on the St. George’s College Old Boys Association executive, and provided his expertise as a member of the Board of Directors for the College’s Endowment Fund.  Though we deeply feel the loss, St. George’s College and the Jesuits are grateful for the time he had with us.  Both Canada and Jamaica have suffered the loss of a brilliant and distinguished man, a true son of our nation.

On behalf of St. George’s College and the Jesuits of Jamaica, we extend sincere condolences to his beloved wife Donette and his two children.  May he see God face to face.

Fr Chris Llanos SJ
St George’s College Endowment Fund

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Farewell Nurse Extraordinaire Leleka Champagnie

The wonderful Leleka Champagnie
 My best memory of Leleka Champagnie was her inviting me to the car park after a CCRP event three years ago, ‘so you can see what I am driving now.’  The then 90-year-old past president of the Nurses Association of Jamaica, with that endearing twinkle in her eyes, pointed to a spanking new sedan, complete with spoiler!   Leleka was walking strongly - not even a stick she used.  Later that year, her dear friend Syringa Marshall-Burnett told us that she attended an international conference.

That was the ever youthful Leleka, a founding member and spirited participant in our CCRP  activities.  After a short illness, Leleka passed away earlier this month.  Her rich life was celebrated at a moving Thanksgiving Service at the Church of the Open Bible last Thursday.  Our condolence to her family – Rest in Peace, dear Leleka.

Jean Lowrie-Chin
CCRP (Caribbean Community of Retired Persons) 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Jamaica’s Federation of courageous women

Jean Lowrie-Chin | Jamaica Observer column – MON 28 July 2014

JFW President Gloria Millwood
It is a myth that Jamaican women do not support each other - Jamaica is blessed in her brave and compassionate sisters who have empowered not only women but all members of their national family.  The Jamaica Federation of Women (JFW) emerged out of a history of strong leaders like National Heroine Nanny of the Maroons, Mary Seacole, who was an angel of mercy to soldiers in the Crimean War of the mid-19th century, and Jessie Ripoll, founder of Alpha in 1880. 

What a charge it gave us to share a morning with the JFW membership from all walks of life as they announced their 70th Anniversary celebrations earlier this month. Did you know it was the JFW that hired a bright young Jamaican to promote our cultural heritage islandwide, more than half century ago? They later obtained a scholarship for her to study speech and drama in England.  That young woman was none other than the Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley! 

President Gloria Millwood declared to her JFW members, “Ladies, we are determined to recapture the glory days. Through the determination and hard work of persons like Mrs Cecile Jarrett, Mrs Dotsie Gordon, Mrs Elaine Dreyer, Mrs Grace McKoy and many more, the Federation is being revitalized.” The President grieved over “the dastardly acts inflicted on our children” and pleaded: “We must return to the nurturing of our precious ones – it is up to us to know what is happening to them at all times.” 

Gloria Millwood is an active member of the Jamaica Manufacturers and Lay Magistrates Associations.  She runs Leon’s Beauty Products and Leon’s Beauty School founded in 1944 by her legendary mother, Madame Rose Leon.  The school has produced thousands of graduates, builders of the multi-billion beauty industry in Jamaica.

JFW Chair Cecile Jarrett
Cecile Jarrett, JFW Chair, is Principal of the St John the Baptist School, and a published poet who runs a Foundation with her husband Norman to promote literacy in primary schools in Downtown Kingston.  Mrs. Dotsie Gordon, Vice-Chair is founder of the decades-old DOT Personnel Limited. She was recently appointed Area President of their regional partner, Associated Country Women of the World for the Caribbean, Central and South America.  This organization represents nine million women through its 450 Member Societies in over 70 countries and has consultative status at the United Nations. 

They are walking in the footsteps of such JFW trailblazers as Amy Bailey, May Farquharson and Aggie Bernard. These elder sisters of the Jamaica Federation of Women have been the backbone of our country.  Take for example, Mrs Josephine Lowe now 94 years old, former head of the Pembroke Hall Branch.  She ran numerous fundraisers which saw the community gathering at her home for evenings of food, love and laughter.  To this day, if you want the latest cricket scores, you can count on her for them!  (Her best friend, my dear mother Maisie Lowrie, ensured we took multiple tickets - Mom entered JFW competitions and accumulated many prizes for her cakes.)

The JFW has made their mark on Jamaica’s development, recognizing the importance of early childhood education and creating infant schools through partnerships with various churches in the 1960s. Declaring that a strong family unit was essential for a successful society, they sought to create stability in family life by hosting mass weddings, happily embraced by couples who had been living in common-law unions for years. They started housecraft training centres and encouraged the development of the National Consumers’ League, now headed by one of their ardent leaders, the indefatigable Joyce Campbell.

To promote employment, currently the JFW is training women in personal development, and the packaging and marketing of products.  They have been conducting ‘Darkness to Light’ courses, which help women to understand and prevent child abuse.  They are also partnering with NEPA for an ‘Impact of Climate Change on Families’ programme to address environmental concerns.

Like the women it serves, the Federation is rising above myriad challenges, re-opening branches in St. Elizabeth in 2012 and in St. Mary earlier this year.  While offering a GSAT scholarship for the child of a branch member with the highest average, the JFW has created the Rural Woman of the Year Award and the Volunteer of the Year Award for Executive Members and continues to be a signatory to the Heritage Clubs of Jamaica.

The 70 years of existence of the Jamaica Federation of Women is testimony of their courage and amazing generosity – they are all volunteers. As organisations like the Jamaica Women’s Political Caucus, WMW Jamaica, Women’s Leadership Initiative and Women Business Owners, celebrate our success in politics, business and the professions, we acknowledge with gratitude the foundation built for us by the JFW.  Our women’s organisations should find ways of honouring them in this their 70th year – on their shoulders we stand.