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Jarrett honoured for volunteerism

Published:Friday | December 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer Lady Rheima Hall presents the Hall of Fame Award to Earl Jarrett, during the Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS) 2014 Hall of Fame and Volunteer Awards Ceremony, held at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Monday.

Earl Jarrett was brimming with pride on Monday as he was inducted into the Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS) Hall of Fame.

Jarrett, general manager of Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), was being recognised for his many social contributions, including his chairmanship of the National Council of the St John Association in Jamaica, the JNBS Foundation, and the Jamaica Cancer Society.

His induction took place

during the Hall of Fame and Awards Ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

Jarrett is also a trustee of the Dudley Grant Memorial Trust, the YMCA Trust, and past

president of the Rotary Club of Kingston.

Owen Bernard, chairman of the CVSS, said the occasion was being held to celebrate

volunteerism and the many great people across the nation who give of themselves, their time and their talents towards nation building.

"Volunteering enhances the capacity of people to exercise choices to set and achieve their personal goals. As a movement, volunteerism is a fundamental source of collective strength and spirit that exists in all societies throughout the world," he said.

Nation building

"When they volunteer, people participate in nation building at all levels of society, which empowers them and gives them a personal stake in their

country's future, a stake that is vital to a healthy and democratic society. Through volunteerism, people grow, families are strengthened and supported, communities are transformed, and countries are stabilised," Bernard added.

He went on to note that

volunteerism fosters secure and stable environments conducive to sustainable development.

"The council takes seriously its role as a leader in the voluntary sector. Through the National Volunteer Centre, our work among the youth, health, and gender and community sectors, and our partnerships with other voluntary organisations, we see each day the value of the work done in the sector and how invaluable to that success each and every volunteer is," Bernard said.