Rural Express: St Ann Parish Council treats infirmary residents
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
ST ANN'S BAY, St Ann:THE 110 residents at the St Ann Infirmary in Priory, St Ann received early Christmas cheers on Tuesday when the St Ann Parish Council hosted its annual Christmas dinner for them.
The occasion was also used to pay homage to staff members who have given excellent service, and to donors who have contributed to the institution for the past year.
"It is tradition with the St Ann Parish Council that every year we have a special dinner for residents of the infirmary," Mayor Desmond Gilmore told Rural Xpress.
"We really want to make it different and special for them each year so we always make the special effort, and that's the occasion here this evening."
The mayor said although it might be a bit early, they decided to kick off the Christmas celebrations at this time.
"So we've started with them first and foremost, the less fortunate among us. We always have to remember them."
The occasion was a grand one. The residents were given dinner and gifts and seemed delighted to be sharing some time with the several visitors who were there. They also played an important part in the proceedings as they staged a memorable fashion show, much to the delight of those present.
The Prospect College marching band, from Prospect, St Mary, ignited the event, which also saw a choir from HEART/NTA in Runaway Bay perform. Performances also came from students from the Priory Primary and Infant School and the Discovery Bay United Church. The Kiwanis Club of the Garden Parish also made a contribution, thanks to president Eva Myers.
Several tokens of appreciation were given to staff members including the male employee of the year award, which went to Roderick Campbell for the third straight year, and female employee of the year, Dorothy Brown.
Several other employees picked up awards, including Clinton Griffiths, Lorna Johnson, Dorothy Brown, Dahila Campbell, Yanique Carter, Dorothy Brown and others.
Jewel Dunn's River was awarded a plaque for their contribution to the infirmary over the past year.
The hotel will have its own annual treat for the residents later this month.