Three ‘upstanding’ individuals from the parish of Trelawny, Jamaica, now residing in South Florida, were on Sunday evening, recognized by the Trelawny/South Florida Association, for professional achievement and outstanding community service at the association’s fourth anniversary holiday dinner, held at the Sawgrass Grand hotel, Sunrise, Fort Lauderdale.
The honorees; Nurse Cheryl Spence (Healthcare), School’s Superintendent Robert Runcie (Education) and Radio host John ‘John-T’ Atkins (Media), were each presented with the Trelawny Star Award. Spence dedicated her award to her 88 year old day who accompanied her to the event. Atkins was not able to attend the event due to a prior commitment.
Board member Calvin Palmer who hosted the event, called on the audience and the wider community to help with an urgent refurbishing project at the healthcare facility in South Trelawny, Jamaica. He said in an emergency, residents have to travel for miles to either Falmouth or Mandeville, for medical attention, often times with deadly results.
He also appealed for new members with connections to the parish, to join the organization, which meets monthly. In addition to the annual holiday dinner/dance, the organization hosts another reunion event on the first Saturday in July each year at the Central Broward Regional Park, Fort Lauderdale.