JDNE USA TALAWAH Awards Gala report

Awardee Congress Woman Yvette Clarke with Mother Una Clarke and Diaspora Committee members.

Ms, Joan Pinnock, ESQ – JDNE Representative

By all accounts, the NE Regional Conference and TALAWAH Awards Gala this past weekend was a success.

Primary sponsors include, Tower Isles, Jamaica National, Fly Jamaica, Golden Krust & Country Kitchen. The entire event was covered  live on Power 106 radio in Kingston, Jamaica.

The two day, free Conference, began on Friday morning June 10, 2016 at 800am and concluded Saturday June 11, 2016 at 600 pm.

On Friday,June 10th, panelists presented on Education, The Role of the Church in the Diaspora; Making the Transition from Jamaica to the United States (Social Work) and Immigration and Deportation.

Panel Chairs included Ms Karlene Largie for Education, Reverend Andrew Lawrence, Faith Based, Ms Carmeta  Albarus for Social Work and Joan Pinnock for Immigration and Deportation.

Ambassador Sharon Saunders (Director of Diaspora and Consular Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade ) officially  opened the sessions with an inspiring presentation on the integral part the  Diaspora plays in Jamaica’s development.

Consul Derron McCreath, also spoke on the importance of the Diaspora creating partnerships that will benefit Jamaicans in education.

On Saturday, June 11th, the  morning  conference  began with an informative presentation by Minister of Health, Dr Tufon. The Minister emphasized the commitment of the government to healthcare and praised members of the Diaspora for their contributions to well being of  Jamaicans on the Island, and encouraged them to continue working together to address the issues.

The Saturday panels included a discussion on Health Care, chaired by Nurse Claudette Powell, Future Leaders presentation by the NE Future Leader Ms. Erin Lue- Hing, Trade  and Investment, Diaspora Voting chaired by Ambassador Curtis Ward and Public Safety chaired by Former Sargent Andrew Lawrence from Connecticut.

The conference ended with an awards program, Dinner and Dancing. The program highlighted Jamaicans in the NE, excelling  in their individual fields.

Award categories included,  Sports, Politics, Faith Based award,  Arts and Life Time Achievement award, as well as two Future Leaders awards.

Award recipients include, Devon Harris (sports), Congresswoman Yvette Clarke(politics)Rev Dr. Jackie McCullough(Faith based),Ed Robinson(Arts) Rev Canon Calvin McIntyre( Life time achievement) and Future leader award recipients Roxanne Chin and Michael Seaton.

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