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USAID's Mission Director gets a cheerful farewell

Published:Friday | June 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMSuzzanne Cousins
State Minister in the Ministry of Education Floyd Green engages with two dancers from Allman Town Primary School.
Denise Herbol in conversation with Minister of Transport and Mining Mike Henry.
Patrick Planter\Freelance Photographer From left: USAID Mission Director Denise Herbol cuts her farewell cake with Prime Minister Andrew Holness, USAID Private sector Partner Milton Samuda, Leader of the Opposition, Portia Simpson Miller and United States Ambassador Luis Moreno.

It was a cheerful farewell last Monday evening for USAID Mission Director Denise Herbol.

A special goodbye function, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, was attended by diplomats, government officials and USAID staff. The event, held at the hotel's Talk of the Town suite, afforded Herbol the opportunity to overlook the capital city of the country she has served for the past five years.

She was described by Milton Samuda as "an outstanding ambassador and a force to be reckoned with".

Herbol was also commended by the Leader of the Opposition Portia Simpson Miller for being a, "true friend of Jamaica". She also described Herbol's tenure as "stellar" as she worked in the areas of health, education, nutrition support and poverty eradication. Simpson Miller said to Herbol: "I know you will continue impacting the lives of people no matter where you go." Herbol's next assignment will be in Pakistan.


Prime Minister Andrew Holness thanked Herbol for all the work she has done in Jamaica. He said he was impressed, not just with Herbol's "big wallet, but (her) big heart".

He further described her as: "A true servant of the people; dedicated and committed, who has done a great job for humanity and who has touched many lives."

She was also commended by United States Ambassador Luis Moreno, who noted that "she is the personification of USAID and a Jamaican at heart, who is ready for any challenge".

In her response, Herbol called Jamaica her, "home away from home". She thanked the guests for coming and for supporting her, after which she was presented with gifts and memorabilia from various entities. In closing, she declared in her best patois that she was not saying goodbye but that, "Mi deh lef'. Likkle more!" to which guests cheered and laughed in agreement.

The crowd was entertained by two graceful young dancers from Allman Town Primary, a chief recipient of assistance from USAID.