Celebrating Aiden's christening
Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
Ensuring their Canada-born children connect with their roots, Audley Gilpin Jr and his wife, Traceyann, christened their six-month-old son, Aiden, recently at the Lucea United Church in Hanover.
The family, a number of them living overseas, journeyed to Jamaica when other Jamaicans cancelled their trip because of chik-V, granting access to Pastor Glenroy Clarke to perform a baptism that Audley Gilpin himself went through as a child attending the same church.
The Gilpin's older child, Aniya, was also christened in Jamaica and was baptised at the Santoy United Church, which is located on lands donated to the church by her great-grandparents.
"We used two different churches for both kids, because my mom was in charge of Aniya's christening and my dad was responsible for Aiden's," Audley Gilpin Jr, tells Outlook.
A wealth analyst and certified financial planner with TD Wealth, a subsidiary of the TD Bank Group, Gilpin and his wife, a receptionist at Invesco Canada, a mutual fund and investment company, had to do one thing only - find themselves on a plane to Jamaica.
The rest was left up to Audley Gilpin Sr, who opened up his posh Copperwood home in Lucea for the after-christening celebration.
It was an afternoon of good food, reminiscing on times past, while sipping on manish water and nibbling on jerked chicken, roasted pork, ham, rice and peas, and vegetables.
For young Aiden Gilpin, who played joyfully with his dad during the party in his honour, this was truly his first exposure to life in the tropics, where the celebration of life is a natural occurrence.
Photos by Janet Silvera