Clarendon community leaders honoured
The Social Development Commission (SDC) last Thursday honoured several communities for the work done to generate employment and bringing about changes and empowerment of residents.
The event – the second staging of the Community Incentives & Grants Programme which was implemented by the Clarendon Branch of SDC to bolster community participation through grants and incentive programme saw many communities rising to the challenge.
Manager of SDC Clarendon, Baldvin McKenzie, while praising the communities for their innovativeness and advocacy in garnering much needed help for their areas and residents, challenged other community leaders to do the same.
"Today we say to the winners, thank you and well done. But we are also saying to the other communities, embrace the challenge and your time will come.”
Clarendon Custos William ‘Billy’ Shagoury, in congratulating the awardees also praised the SDC for the initiative as he said it’s a good idea to, “scatter roses when persons are alive”.
Meanwhile, guest speaker, Jamaica Public Service CEO Kelly Tomblin encouraged the community leaders not to give up on their dreams as she shared that the saddest thing is when people who are so close to victory throw in the towel.
“Community awards is similar to the concept of bringing kindness back. We rise and we fall together,” she said.
Among the winning communities were Kellits Development Area Committee for Advocacy; Most Influential Youth Leaders – Male and Female – Ackeem Clarke, a student of Clarendon College and Kerone Miller; Lionel Town Development Area took the award for Local Economic Development & Support Programme for their rabbit revolving scheme programme which generated over 15 jobs in their community.