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Citizens concerned with wellness recognised

Published:Friday | May 27, 2016 | 12:00 AM
From Left: Novlet Deans, CEO and director, Environmental Health Foundation; Jermaine Deans, deputy general manager, JN Fund Managers Limited who received the award on behalf of Earl Jarrett, general manager, Jamaica National Building Society; Kerlyn Brown of CVM Television; Jordan Bennett of Feeding of the 5000 Foundation; Ann-Marie and Elricka Richards of Stars of Hope Programme; and Keith Duncan, CEO, Jamaica Money Market Brokers Group, pose for the camera.
Kerlyn Brown of CVM TV’s ‘Inspire Jamaica’ is congratulated by Fae Ellington, broadcaster.

Jamaica National's Earl Jarrett is now the Environmental Health Foundation's (EHF) Wellness Ambassador 2016-2017 for his outstanding volunteerism and his leadership and championing of causes that promote social wellness.

He succeeds Jamaica Money Market Brokers' Keith Duncan, who said, "We have a responsibility to our fellow citizens and to our country to support community development initiatives like the EHF," he said, while pointing to some of EHF's projects, including the recently concluded intervention in Majesty Gardens, Kingston.

Now in its 24th year, the EHF staged its 12th Annual Wellness and Lifestyle Award Ceremony and Cocktail Reception on Wednesday, May 18, under the theme Social Wellness: Engage, Connect, Support.The event recognised organisations and individuals who have made significant contributions to wellness and healthy lifestyle practices and promotion.

This year's awards were presented to: Jordan Bennett in the category Social Wellness Youth Award, for establishing the Feeding of the 5000 Outreach Foundation which manages over 200 volunteers and plans outreach activities across the island.

Inspire Jamaica's Kerlyn Brown got the Social Wellness Media Award, for the programme, which inspires the nation with the most impactful stories of the courage of our youngest citizens in the face of adversity and triumph of the human spirit.

Pastor Annmarie Richards got the Social Wellness Individual Award for the dedication and care in making provisions for 32 children deemed homeless and short of love and affection.

Paula Llewellyn, director of public prosecutions who was guest speaker, told the audience, "We must start taking care of each other; my office would be faced with less horrendous (criminal) cases if we rid ourselves of the apathy and disengagement pervading society," she said. She commended the awardees and the all-female staff of the EHF for their hard work and dedication towards enhancing the quality of people's lives.