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Lowell Hawthorne to address Christian Diaspora conference

Published:Wednesday | October 5, 2016 | 10:00 AM

Fresh from his appearance as the first Jamaican on the popular CBS show Undercover Boss, Lowell Hawthorne, founder and president of Golden Krust - the 120-store Caribbean food empire in the USA - will be one of the main presenters at the two-day Jamaica Christian Diaspora Conference set for the Iberostar Rose Hall Suites Hotel on October 13 and 14.

Other corporate leaders at the conference will include Courtney Campbell, president, Victoria Mutual Building Society; Bishop Wilton Powell, immediate past national overseer of the Church of Prophecy for UK and France and pioneer and founding member of the Nehemiah Foundation.

Dez Brown, founder and project director of Spark2Life in the United Kingdom, transformed ex-prisoner who now works with the police to bring positive change to the lives of prisoners, will also speak at the conference.

"It promises to be a watershed moment in Jamaica's growing diaspora movement. This conference will also provide the opportunity for networking with like-minded and committed people, bringing together those who are already involved in the work of transforming communities and the nation, with those having newly ignited interest and drive to make change happen", said Pastor Bruce Fletcher, chairman of Operation Save Jamaica, organisers of the event.

At least 11 sessions are planned over the two days.

An official opening ceremony is set to begin at 9 a.m. on October 13 with Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, and a message from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen on the programme.

Also on day one, Dr Wayne Henry, director general, Planning Institute of Jamaica will present the keynote plenary address, followed by a panel of bishops, with presenters from the UK, Canada and USA.

State minister in the Ministry of National Security, Pearnel Charles Jr; Joy Moncrieffe, political sociologist; and Dr Elizabeth Ward, chairman, Violence Prevention Alliance, will also make presentations.

The launch of the Montego Bay Street Pastors' initiative is set for October 14.

Operation Save Jamaica is a non-profit, registered charity with a mission to engage Jamaicans and other partners across the globe in strategic actions so that Jamaica can experience revival, sustainable development and

transformation.

Sponsors for the conference include Victoria Mutual Building Society and JLB Shipping.