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Volunteerism pays

Published:Monday | October 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM
CVSS Hall of Fame Inductee, Monsignor Gregory Ramkissoon (centre) accepts a gift from Her Excellency Laurie Peters (left), Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica and Gary 'Butch' Hendrickson, president of the CVSS, who presented him with the citation.
Nashauna Lalah (left), executive committee member of the CVSS, presents Simone Walker, vice president of group marketing at the Sagicor Group and executive director, Sagicor Foundation, with the Private Sector Volunteer of the Year Award.
Saffrey Brown (left), chair of the Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS), and Kim Mair, vice-chair of the CVSS, strike a pose for the camera at the CVSS 2018 National Volunteer Awards Banquet on Thursday, October 4 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. The awards banquet was held under the theme 'Volunteerism - A circle of love'.
Kerry Scott (left), treasurer at the CVSS, presents Lanisia Rhoden, social entrepreneur and founder of the Young Women/Young Men of Purpose, with the CVSS' Non-Profit Volunteer Organisation of the Year award.
Yulit Gordon (right), executive director of the Jamaica Cancer Society, accepts the CVSS' Member Agency of the Year Award from Jevene Bent (left), CVSS executive committee member; Leon Mitchell (second left), assistant general manager of The Jamaica National Group and Earl Jarrett, general manager of The Jamaica National Group. Jamaica National was one of the sponsors of the event.
Ruth-Ann Woolcock (left), business development officer at the CVSS, presents Her Excellency, Laurie Peters, Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, with a gift. The Canadian High Commissioner was the guest speaker at the CVSS' 2018 National Volunteer Awards Banquet.
Winsome Wilkins (left), chief executive office of CVSS, presents Sergeant Nickoyon Brown with the Public Sector Volunteer of the Year Award.

While the rain drenched the capital last Thursday, inside the ballroom at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel was warm and cozy and like-minded individuals gathered to celebrate those who give of themselves. The Council of Voluntary Social Services hosted their 2018 National Volunteer and Awards Banquet. 

Monsignor Gregory Ramkisoon was inducted into the CVSS Hall of Fame. Other awardees included:

Sagicor Foundation receiving the Private Sector Volunteer of the Year award; 

2018 Young Leader Volunteer of the year went to Keenan Falconer, founder of the Inner-City Quiz;

Non-Profit Organisation of the year went to Lanisia Rhoden for her Link your Purpose; 

Public Sector Volunteer of the Year went to Sergeant Nickoyon Brown, founder of the School Boy Mentorship Programme;

Jamaica Cancer Society received the CVSS member Agency of Year;

and Marilyn Williams received the award for Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.