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McIntosh, Pine-McLarty made 'saints' by alma mater

Published:Wednesday | February 11, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Daviot Kelly, Staff Reporter

On Saturday, February 7, accountant Fay McIntosh and attorney Dorothy Pine-McLarty were presented with Saint awards by their alma mater, St Andrew High School for Girls.

The awards were presented at the St Andrew's Old Girls' Association annual Valentine Dinner and Dance at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel. The Saint Award goes to past students who have given exemplary service to their alma mater as well as to the wider society.

McIntosh, who came to St Andrew in 1960, is credited with playing a major role in raising funds and assisting the school's student welfare programme. McIntosh is also a key member of the school's foundation and parent-teachers' association.

True Nation Builder

In the corporate world, she became the first woman to be chief financial officer of GraceKennedy. She championed the cause of corporate social responsibility, leading the Grace and Staff Community Development Foundation in numerous activities, including the delivery of food and clothes to residents of Southside, Tel Aviv and Rae Town after the devastation of Hurricane Ivan.

Pine-McLarty was a student at St Andrew in the 1950s and, in keeping with St Andrew's charge to its students, has become a true nation builder. She has served in both public and private sectors on numerous boards, including that of her alma mater. Pine-McLarty is lauded for her support of numerous students and projects at St Andrew.

A distinguished attorney, she made her mark at prestigious firm Myers, Fletcher and Gordon. In 1995, she was also admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. Pine-McLarty has served the Electoral Commission of Jamaica as an independent commissioner since its inception in 2006, and is currently the chair of the organisation.

Vote Of Thanks

Speaking for the awardees, Pine-McLarty thanked the association, saying, "we accept it with all humility" while acknowledging, "there are many 'saints' in the room tonight who deserve the award as well."

Pine-McLarty credited the teachers, discipline and values set for them at St Andrew for whatever success they have achieved. She also thanked their families for their support and for "overlooking their shortcomings" and putting up with their occasional absence. President of the Old Girls' Association Nicole Marshall Walker thanked the alumni for their continued support of students and projects and lauded the institution for its continued output of well-rounded graduates who continue to make strides and contribute to nation building. Marvelling at the 98 and 99 per cent passes in CSEC and CAPE exams last year, she feels the future is bright.

"We are confident of even greater heights with your continued support," she said. Proceeds from the dinner-dance will go to the school's library renovation project.