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Digicel Foundation gets new chair

Published:Friday | October 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Digicel Foundation, on October 1, announced the appointment of Jean Lowrie-Chin as its new chairman. She succeeds Lisa Lewis who completed her five-year term and gave great leadership to the foundation which has partnered with several organisations to invest in community development, education and special needs, as well as conceiving and executing its own projects in those areas.

Jean Lowrie-Chin brings her wide experience in community outreach and partnership building to the role. As chairman of the Stella Maris Foundation, she initiated its successful HEART/NTA Trust partnership and led a fund-raising drive to purchase its headquarters. She is a trustee of the St George's College Endowment Fund, The Rose Leon Memorial Trust for the Women's Political Caucus, and the Grant's Pen Foundation. She serves on the board of Food For The Poor Jamaica, is a member of the Medical Council of Jamaica, and is founder/director of the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons, and for her service she has received several awards.

The Digicel Foundation exists to empower people and communities and was founded by and is run under the patronage of Digicel Group Chairman Denis O'Brien. Since its inception in 2004, the Digicel Foundation has completed 382 projects with an overall investment of J$1.9 billion, and positively impacted the lives of more than 400,000 Jamaicans in the areas of education, special needs and community development. In addition, the Digicel Foundation, in tandem with Digicel Jamaica, donated J$112.6 million to the establishment of a cardiac and ICU centre of excellence at the Bustamante Children's Hospital - a project which is well advanced.

Lowrie-Chin expressed delight to be joining the Digicel Foundation and helping to build on the great achievements of the last 10 years. "Together with the dedicated board, management and staff of the Foundation, I am looking forward to continuing to develop our significant partnerships with international and local organisations to support programmes which have improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of Jamaicans," she said.

Commenting on the appointment, Digicel Group CEO Colm Delves said; "Over the past 10 years, the Digicel Foundation has excelled under the inspiring guidance of the previous two chairmen, Harry Smith and Lisa Lewis. We have every confidence that Jean Lowrie-Chin will continue on this path of excellence, as we continue to invest in sustainable projects and promote respect for Jamaicans from all walks of life."