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Katrin Casserly installed as patron of Hanover 4-H

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2016 | 1:00 AM
Errol Wynter (right), the 4-H Parish Development Officer for Hanover, presents Katrin Casserly with a plaque, recognising her induction as patron of the organisation, during an installation ceremony at the Grand Palladium Hotel in Lucea, Hanover, on Wednesday.

Katrin Casserly, the chairman of Hanover Charities - the charitable arm of the Round Hill Hotel - was last Wednesday installed as the patron of the Hanover 4-H Clubs Parish Advisory Council in a ceremony at the Grand Palladium Hotel, also in Hanover.

The Jamaica 4-H Clubs is the youth training arm of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. It was established in April, 1940, as the juvenile arm of the Jamaica Agricultural Society. The organisation's mandate includes establishing 'school gardens' in all public schools and undertaking programmes to aid in the reduction of youth unemployment.

In a citation to Casserly, a former marketing manager at the Round Hill Hotel, she was hailed as one who always embraces the spirit of adventure and service.

"Despite her hectic work schedule, Katrin has always made time for her deep and abiding interests in meaningful social causes in development of the parish of Hanover," said Fiona Banton, regional field services coordinator for the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, in reading the citation.

In her response, Casserly, who operates the Schatzie chain of boutiques, said she was honoured by the organisation's gesture and promised that she would do all that was possible to continue to further the growth and development of the Hanover 4-H movement.

full-fledged social partner

"I want to say it is with great pleasure and humility that I accept this installation as your Hanover 4-H Club patron," Casserly said. "The 4-H Clubs play a very important role in youth development. It is no longer seen as an extracurricular activity, but a full-fledged social partner in critical areas, including agriculture, agro-processing, environmental awareness, entrepreneurial development, and part of building the nation's youth.

"As the club has to address new and dynamic issues of urban living and adaptive technologies, I am looking forward to working with your team and the clubbites and leaders and trainers," continued Casserly. "I accept this challenge with great pride and responsibility and will strive to make an impact on this noble and well-established organisation through good cooperation and networking."