Best of personality profiles
Jody-Anne Lawrence & Cathy Risden, Lifestyle Writers
Personality profiles are just one of the ways we motivate our readers. Several individuals shared some touching and inspiring stories of how they started at humble beginnings, how they have had a rough life and it's by grace that they are where they are now. Here are a few profiles that really stood out in 2014.
Underneath it all: The 'Dutty Berry' story
There is no doubt that Jamaican songbird Tessanne Chin's entry and subsequent win in NBC's 'The Voice' competition has had many benefits for Jamaica and Jamaicans alike. Arguably one of the biggest beneficia-ries is Russhaine Berry, better known as 'Dutty Berry'. As he puts it, his life began to unfold when Chin entered the competition.
My Supermom: The Toni Blair story
In the week leading up to Mother's Day, it was Toni Blair's time to shine vocally, with her rendition of Boyz II Men's A Song for Mama to win the ultimate prize for her mom.
From suicide thoughts to finalist in 'America's Next Top Model'
A ravishingly beautiful young woman, who was recently grappling with thoughts of suicide, has now found herself among the finalists on the television smash series 'America's Next Top Model'. She is Chantelle Brown-Young, 19, and although she was born and lives in Canada, her roots are firmly anchored in several parishes across Jamaica where her parents originate.
Chris-Ann Thomas: Making it through her obstacle course
Chris-Ann Thomas had a rough childhood. But with an army of supporters, she became the first recipient of the University of Birmingham and Jamaica National Foundation Legacy Scholarship to study for her master's degree in international accounting and finance.
Michael Harris: The master of music
For many, mastering their craft is but a mere pipe dream. But for Michael Harris, his dream bore fruit when he achieved the extraordinary in obtaining his master's degree in music technology from the Berklee College of Music, Valencia, Spain.
40 years in media - Fae Ellington
Broadcasting, theatre, board meetings, lectures, event hosting, the wide world of media and journalism are a part of Fae Ellington's vast and limitless reality. With years of experience under her belt, the dynamic Ellington continues to strive with grace and poise, always admired because she does everything with such professionalism and style, and never fails to leave each person she meets with a smile.
My Flair lady - Jean Lowrie-Chin
Her effervescent personality is infectious and her positiveness transforming. So you can understand why I was rushing out of the office, trying not to be late for our evening meeting in New Kingston.
Vazquez: Connecting women
Growing up in Arizona, after being born in Mexico, Elizabeth Vazquez would not have believed it if someone had told her she would be the president, CEO, and co-founder of WEConnect International - a corporate-led, non-profit organisation that helps to empower women business owners to succeed in global markets.
Rosemarie's life of service
For more than 20 years, Rosemarie Henry has been making a difference in the lives of many through her outstanding community service. Children, the elderly, as well as support services to the Kiwanis Club are a major part of Henry's life. To add to her plate, Henry was recently appointed to serve for two years as the vice-chair of the Financial Inclusion Sub-Committee for the International Association of Insurance Supervisors.
Randolph Herbert: I survived breast cancer
He led an active life - a devout father and husband of four. But at the age of 65, a slight tenderness in his left breast while putting on his seat belt changed Randolph Herbert's life forever.