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Jean Lowrie-Chin gets BP Woman of Excellence Award

Published:Sunday | July 2, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The St Andrew Business and Professional Women's Club (BPW, St Andrew) presented Jean Lowrie-Chin with the Mavis Watts Woman of Excellence Award at its Founder's Day Awards Luncheon and International Candlelighting Ceremony recently.

The Mavis Watts Award is named in honour of the founder of BPW St Andrew, who started the organisation 44 years ago.

Lowrie-Chin was awarded for her work as founder of the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP), an organisation with the mission: "To work towards ensuring that the vast talent, experience and wisdom of seniors is respected; to ensure that our seniors will enjoy the quality of life they deserve; and to empower our seniors to continue making their contribution to the development of community, country and region."

Lowrie-Chin, in her acceptance speech, saluted BPW, St Andrew, for its inspiring programme which aims at high standards of service in business and the professions; improving the position of women in business; the professions and the economic life of their country; and encouraging women and girls to acquire education, occupational training, and advanced education and to use their occupational capabilities and intelligence for the advantage of others as well.

Lowrie-Chin began CCRP in 2010 as a part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of her company, PRO Communications Ltd. CCRP now has more than 1,800 members who benefit from a major group medical insurance plan from Sagicor and more than 90 discount partners who offer up to 20 per cent discounts on goods and services. Lowrie-Chin also informed the audience at the awards luncheon that CCRP is open to persons age 50 and older, some of whom are at the point in their lives when they need to prepare for their retirement, as it can be a very challenging transition.

"This organisation (CCRP) wants every single Jamaican, and especially those who have built this country, to always feel visible, and to always be in line of sight of the communities and the lawmakers of this country," she said.