Keisha Hill, Gleaner Writer
The Kiwanis Club of New Kingston is the first all-female club in Jamaica started in 1989. Twenty-four years later, the tradition continues with Rosemarie Henry's rise to the helm of the 170-member team.
Henry is no stranger to holding leadership positions, as she is a senior director at the Financial Services Commission (FSC) where she has responsibility for the regulation of the insurance industry. She began her career in the legal field, but quickly realised that her love for accounting could not be denied. Following a switch, she went on to work with an auditing firm where she honed her skills.
From there, she entered the insurance industry and was fortunate to have had mentors and a great support team that taught her about the business. "I learnt all aspects of the insurance business, particularly life insurance, and exited the industry having worked at various levels, including as a senior manger. I provided consulting services for the financial sector before taking on my current role at the FSC. I now use the knowledge and experience gained from a different view point," Henry said.
guided by mandate
Come next September, Henry will usher the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston into its silver anniversary. She has served at the club levels, including chairman for the youth services committee, secretary, treasurer and president-elect.
With some 12 years in the organisation, Henry is impressed with the work of former presidents who have never stopped giving and working with children in particular. She is guided by their mandate to support the service projects and give back to the club.
"They make me want to give more, do more, they exemplify my theme - 'One can make a difference.' They are always ready to provide support as necessary."
Henry is a chartered accountant with an MBA from Florida International University. She has a passion for service that gives her a certain level of fulfilment. "I am a risk-taker, always willing to look at what can be possible," Henry said.
Always learning, reading or taking a course, she does not know how to be still because there is so much to do and learn. She enjoys travelling and cooking. During her tenure, Henry will focus on sickle cell, which affects many children in Jamaica. She hopes to launch a sickle cell awareness campaign.