Jewelle Strachan: More than just beauty
MAY PEN, Clarendon:
Jewelle Strachan is not the average pretty girl. She is the epitome of beauty and brains with a passion for agriculture and voluntarism.
Strachan received a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture and plant sciences with honours from the University of the West Indies in 2013. She is also an awardee of the prestigious Developing Solutions scholarship and pursued graduate studies at the University of Nottingham, where she completed the Master of Science degree in crop biotechnology and entrepreneurship with merit last year.
"I have a passion for agriculture, and I know I can make a significant contribution to the sector. With a master's degree in crop biotechnology, I am now working on getting into the Ministry of Agriculture so I can make my contribution."
At a time when Jamaicans are encouraged to 'Eat What We Grow', researchers like Strachan are integral to the nation's sustainable agricultural development.
"There is need to improve food security because the world population is growing so rapidly so we will need to feed them, so trying to come up with sustainable development measures is a good way to start," she tells Rural Xpress.
Strachan, who is from St Ann, is one of 14 recipients of the Governor General's Achievement Awards for the county of Middlesex.
"Today, I'm feeling extremely proud to know that all the voluntary work that I've done has paid off. Initially, you do these things not expecting a reward, but it's so good when the work you put in is recognised, and this award right here, the Governor General's Achievement Award, is one that I'll always remember. I will always encourage people to put in the work, because at the end, it's always rewarding. It's a satisfying feeling to do something for your community, and country by extension."
Strachan has volunteered at the St Ann Infirmary, the Good Samaritan Inn and the Hope Institute.
"I am also an active motivational speaker. These are the things I take pride in because there are a lot of persons out there who are looking for some form of motivation, so when you can go out there and give them that drive or that extra push that they need, they, too, can go out there and do well. I'm responsible for my own happiness and I'm happy when I help other people."
Strachan' s grandmother, Inez Segree, said she is happy her granddaughter was selected for such a prestigious award.
"She is quiet when she is at home. I thank God for her, and I hope that she will live to accomplish many more achievements. I am very proud of her."