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Fiona Burke

Fiona Burke

In 2015 Burke started the Flourish Mentorship programme for teenage girls in the Red Hills community. Through the programme she has been able to touch the lives of almost 100 girls.

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Fiona Burke

Fiona Burke is a career woman, a passionate volunteer, a wife and a mother, who is nothing short of a superwoman. Removing her cape by day, she is a communication specialist who spends her weekdays writing scripts for TV, radio, print, and social media ads. She also teaches a communication class for evening students twice per week, at the Northern Caribbean University Kingston campus.

Embracing her powers by the week's end, she is a devoted volunteer, through her own organisation, Flourish Mentorship Programme for teenage girls in the community of Red Hills in St Andrew. Burke sets out to save one girl at a time, but not without the assistance of those who have partnered with her over the past three years - touching the lives of almost 100 girls.

A hero's job is never done. After saving the world and shedding her days' cloak, Burke makes time for her number-one fans - her four-year-old daughter and her husband of five years. Whether it is reading with her, assisting with homework, watching cartoons, or going out for drinks with her hubby, family time is a priority. With another bundle of joy on the way, she makes the effort to find the perfect balance.

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Olivia Shaw

Olivia Shaw

Olivia Shaw is the founder and executive director for the women empowerment group in Montego Bay - Women of Destiny, Ja. A registered nonprofit that has been in operation since August 2015, it was officially launched in her community of Mt. Salem.

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Olivia Shaw

"As a young adult, I aspired to become a doctor and even completed my bachelor of science in medical technology." That was the dream Olivia Shaw had ten years ago. Witnessing her mother's acts of kindness through volunteerism, inspired her to look beyond a white coat and reach out a helping hand. But before becoming the great woman she is today, she needed help, including with battling her own mental health demons, specifically being suicidal.

Shaw explained that she felt as though she was the cause of her family's financial constraints while she attended Westwood High School. Shaw became a loner, and began to premeditate her own self-destruction for a year before thinking of attempting suicide. But through faith, continuous prayer and by attending counselling sessions, she was able to overcome that obstacle. "This allowed me to find a new way of handling the challenges that I face in my life without burdening myself. The Serenity Prayer is also a constant reminder that I must accept the things I cannot change, have the courage to change the things I can and to develop the wisdom to know the difference."

Rising from the ashes of her depression, she found her true purpose and has made the decision to build a career around being able to help others. Shaw set out to make an impact,launching her own registered non-profit organisation - Women of Destiny Jamaica. It has been in operation since August 2015 and officially opened for business in October 2016, in the Mount Salem community.

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