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FISH marks 25 years

Published:Tuesday | March 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Foundation for International Self Help Development Jamaica Limited (FISH) is celebrating 25 years of service to lower income groups and the poor, particularly in the provision of medical, dental and eyecare services.

The non-profit charitable organisation will host its 25th anniversary dinner at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston tomorrow, when it will honour Father Louis Grenier and Dr Joyce Robinson for outstanding service to Jamaica.

FISH, opened in 1985 in Papine, Kingston, has served more than a million Jamaicans in the Papine and surrounding communities including Kintyre, Hope Tavern, August Town, Constitution Hill, Mona Commons, Barbican and Hope Pastures.

The clinic was conceived around the idea of self-help - helping others to help themselves through sharing - by the late Dr Louis Strathmore Grant, a former professor emeritus in the Department of Microbiology, University of the West Indies.


The FISH clinic provides medical, dental, eye and preventive health-care services through a cadre of employed and volunteer physicians, dentists, ophthalmologists, optometrists, nurses, administrative, technical and clerical personnel, led by an executive director.

Grenier, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, has served the Jesuit Apostolate in Jamaica since 1953 and has led the FISH board since the inception of the organisation. At 91, he serves on 35 committees spanning educational institutions, religious organisations and charities, social and vocational bodies. He is a former chaplain of the University of the West Indies, Mona and former Rector of St Mary's Church, Above Rocks, St Catherine. Robinson is a distinguished public servant who has contributed significantly in the areas of library service, literacy, education and vocational training. She is a former director of the Jamaica Library Service.