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Ambassadorial Corps launch fund says farewell

Published:Friday | February 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera
From left: UWI Western Jamaica Campus outgoing Ambassadorial Corps members, Fred Smith, Everton Anderson; campus director Dr Luz Longsworth, Dr Barbara Salmon-Grandison, Hope Markes and Omar Robinson.

Two years after making a tremendous impact on the presence of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Western Jamaica Campus' (WJC), the 12 members of the Ambassadorial Corps have made way for a new vibrant group of 'cohorts'.

The group, made up 12 members of the business community and representing the parishes of St James, Hanover, Westmoreland and St Elizabeth, could not demit office silently, and made their mark by announcing an inaugural Ambassadorial Scholarship Fund at a special reception at Rainforest Seafoods on Wednesday night.

The 12: Exclusive Holidays' Fred Smith; Kiwanis International distinguished governor, Hope Markes; Business Processing Industry Association of Jamaica, president, Yoni Epstein; National Health Fund executive director, Everton Anderson; renowned ear, nose and throat specialist, Dr Barbara Salmon-Grandison; and Round Hill's general manager, Omar Robinson, were recognised with the Pioneer Award by outgoing campus director, Dr Luz Longsworth.

Rainforest Seafoods' general manager, Ernie Grant, in collaboration with Caribbean Producer Jamaica's executive chairman, Mark Hart, who also served as ambassadors, sponsored the event.

Acknowledging the yeoman contribution of the group, the woman who boasts the track record of transforming the WJC said, "In my two years of association with this group, our campus has gained tremendously in many ways. And it was not all about the money. It was about the sense of support and encouragement that I always got when I approached the group with a project. It was their genuine care for the students and the image of the campus."

 

INNOVATIVE AND EXCITING

 

Launched in February 2013, the Ambassadorial Corps project, conceptualised by three CARIMAC students, Odette Dyer, Karesha Allen and Janet Silvera, is today described as an innovative and exciting programme which has

The other ambassadors who have served, but were unavoidably absent from the launch/farewell event, include Sandals Resorts International's Adam Stewart; Wards Power Tools' Howard Ward; Custos of Westmoreland, Father Hartley Perrin; and principal of Hampton High School, Heather Murray.

"This group of ambassadors may end their official tenure tonight, but I know for sure that your support and enthusiasm for the work of the UWI will not come to an end with the formal end of your service. Once an ambassador - always an ambassador," added Luz Longsworth.