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Hanna saddened by the passing of former JCDC Executive Director Clover Thompson Gordon

Published:Thursday | February 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMAndrew Harris
Dr Clover Thompson Gordon

Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna has expressed sadness at the passing of former Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) executive director and educator, Dr Clover Thompson Gordon, who died at her Miami, Florida, home on Sunday.

"One of her most valuable cultural contributions was to the buttressing of community volunteerism which begun in the 1960s," Hanna said.

"Her stint at the Jamaica Cultural Development Com-mission as executive director played a pivotal role in the strengthening of islandwide cultural volunteerism, which continues to support the work of the commission,"she added. "Her distinguished service to institutional strengthening of the programmes of the commission has left a heritage that is invaluable."

 

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Thompson Gordon served the JCDC as executive director for five years, from 1984-1989. She was also the founder of the Association of Friends and Families Against Substance Abuse, which was established in Jamaica in 2002.

She is a former principal of the Denham Town Primary School, from 1971 to 1990, and the Denham Town High School from 1990 to 1994. Her passion to serve the education sector and for the development of youth saw her in a number of roles at the Jamaica Teachers' Association between 1968 and 1993.

According to Hugh Nash, a former chairman with whom she served, "She made significant contribution in institutional development of the agency, and especially so in sustaining the voluntary arm of the movement.

"She served the cultural movement in a voluntary capacity for many years before assuming the role of executive director, which was exceptional," he added.

The current executive director, Delroy Gordon, shared that "She played an instrumental role in contributing to the strengthening of the Festival of the Arts Programme and in the planning and implementation of all national celebrations."