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Miss Festival Queen 2017 credits her success to her dad, Census

Published:Saturday | August 4, 2018 | 12:14 AMShanna kaye Monteith/ Gleaner Writer
Dainalyn Swaby with dad, Llewelyn Swaby, popularly known as Census.
Dainalyn Swaby with dad, Llewelyn Swaby, popularly known as Census.
Dainalyn Swaby with dad, Llewelyn Swaby, popularly known as Census.

The country knows Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2017, Dainalyn Swaby, as a brilliant, spirited young woman carefully carved out for purpose and bent on leaving a positive impact.

And with her rise to success came the public's introduction to an exemplary father-daughter relationship that was put on display by her public outpouring of praise and gratitude to the wind beneath her wings, Llewelyn Swaby, popularly known as Census.

The vivacious young woman from St Elizabeth shared sheer admiration for her father, noting that he has been a dominant person in her life since birth.

"He's an extremely active parent, somebody not only I as a daughter look up to, but people in the community. And just like him, I am now in a position where people admire me, and much of that is due to him as everybody in the community knows me as Census' daughter.

"I also admire that he has instilled in me the value of education, being an outstanding citizen, an independent and strong person, and he's always there for me, always ready to support and give advice," she said, adding that she can rest assured that he's always there to protect and guide her.

Describing him as the quintessential father figure and her hero, Dainalyn attributed her confidence to Census.

According to her: "He's somebody who is not only a stickler for discipline, but he's very keen on being independent. He never wanted me to borrow things, especially while I was going to boarding school. He always encourages me to have my own, even while maintaining good relationships he just never wanted me to be a dependent person.

"He wants me to work hard so I can own my things and that even if I'm in a relationship, I don't have to solely depend on a man; that I must be my own breadwinner. And I think it has positioned me as a strong black woman, the typical Jamaican woman who is a provider and a protector in her own right and doesn't have to depend on a man to be that for her."




With her dad as her hero Dainalyn outlined to Family & Religion her truth regarding the importance of fathers in the lives of their children, especially daughters.

"They are our first role models. They keep us in check and they check for us. Our fathers are the standard for how our male counterparts are to treat us whether in a relationship or as a friend.

"A lot of women who have father figures tend to be more rounded. They are forever our protectors and moral compass, and so it improves our social well-being. When you have a father that is active in our life, it makes a lot of difference," she said.

Dainalyn, who has enjoyed a successful reign and will be handing over the crown to the new queen in short order, credited her 'Dear Rock' of a father for impacting her successes.

"Daddy strives for the best and is always telling me that only my best is good enough.

"He has always instilled in me that never-give-up attitude of resilience that even if I fall, I get up and try again.

"I knew to do my homework and study without encouragement. I knew how to go after things and what to do to get it without someone having to push me because he built such a solid foundation from early that there was nothing else others needed to do to prompt or coerce me into achieving. He was with me every step of the way during the Festival Queen competition, always checking up [to see] what he could do to assist. These are things that make my father an extremely wonderful person," Dainalyn shared.