Cancer Survivor Recognised by Governor General
The Governor General's Award for Excellence signalled a glimmer of hope for Rosemarie Langoth, who was lauded for her outstanding contribution to her Longville Park Community in Clarendon.
Speaking with The Gleaner following the awards ceremony, which was held at the Caymanas Golf and Country Club in St Catherine on Tuesday, she said the recognition has propelled her to do more to contribute to the development of the community.
"I'm a cancer survivor. I have had breast cancer for 25 years and it came back last year. I got the call the Monday, (but on) the Sunday I felt like giving up and when I received the call, it was as if I felt this lift. The call really came at a time when I was at my lowest. It has given me the energy to move forward," said Langoth, who was among 13 awardees.
"I feel alive, it has propelled me to go further with my volunteerism. I am actually starting to put things in place in order to ensure that it is not just a title of being recognised, but, with the title, it will open new doors to assist me with my volunteerism. I can hardly wait to serve my parish and to serve my country, which is my passion," she declared.
She was recognised for, among other things, creating solutions to building the human and developmental capital of her community, as she was responsible for lobbying the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) to begin a premium bus service for the community.
"As soon as I moved into Longville Park, I worked tirelessly to bring that community together. I realise that the majority of residents were not from the area and the majority of them worked in Kingston and Portmore," she recalled.
"With spiritual guidance, I lobbied with JUTC and it needed just one telephone call to convince them that we really needed comfort to travel. Travelling that far distance was kind of frustrating. We now have two buses since we have expanded to phase three," she told The Gleaner.
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, in his remarks, urged recipients to be resourceful in uplifting their communities. This, he said, will have a positive impact on the country.
"Too often, the negatives take the spotlight and overwhelm the strides that Jamaicans are making, but the reality is that the majority of the incidents which occur is as a result of a small group of persons. It would be good if more of the good things that occur were highlighted," he said.
Other recipients from the county of Middlesex included Latifa Morrison from the parish of St Mary, Amanda Gaye Fraser from Manchester, Fitzroy Wickham from St Ann, and Bishop Jonathan Hayden out of St Catherine.