Hermine Metcalfe to chair St Patrick's Foundation
Registered pharmacist Hermine Metcalfe is the new chair of the St Patrick's Foundation.
She succeeds businessman Marlon Creary who served for two years. Metcalfe, chair of the Pharmacy Advisory Committee, University of Technology (UTech), has been a member of the St Patrick's Foundation board since 2010. She has also served as a member of several organisations dedicated to providing support for the elderly and at-risk youth, including the Friends of St Monica's Home for the Abandoned Elderly, Friends of St Pius Church and the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston. She is a former chair of the Stella Maris Church Advisory Council.
vote of confidence
Thanking her colleague board members at St Patrick's for their "vote of confidence" in electing her chair, Metcalfe said she felt "blessed to have the opportunity to support the work started by founder, Monsignor Richard Albert, 20 years ago". She noted that "through its various fundraising activities and social and education programmes, the foundation has been able to alleviate human suffering and offer support to people in poor communities while empowering them to be self-reliant, employable or entrepreneurial".
Archbishop Charles DuFour, president of the St Patrick's Foundation, commended Metcalfe for her commitment to charitable endeavours and expressed confidence that under her chairmanship, "St Patrick's Foundation will continue to make its invaluable contribution to improving lives in poor communities".
The St Patrick's Foundation, headquartered in the inner-city West Kingston community of Riverton City, has built a curriculum of programmes, including early-childhood education (Riverton Early Childhood Education Centre), remedial education for examinations such as the Grade Six Achievement Test and the Grade Nine Achievement Test, as well as skills training in areas like woodwork, cake baking and decorating, cosmetology, electrical installation and computer technology.
The Foundation also operates a home for abandoned elderly and adults with HIV/AIDS and a golden agers' feeding programme.