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THE WEEKL Y GLEANER | FEBRUAR Y 16 - FEBRUARY 22, 2021 | www.jamaica-gleaner.com | I11 Sophia Findlay/Gleaner Writer C HRIS CAMPBELL has been laying down the foundation for youths long before he became the eq- uity and diversity representative of the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario (CDCO) last November, a recognition of the passion that has driven him to edu- cate youngsters on how to build a future in carpentry. “My new assignment at the [CDCO] is an opportunity to pay it forward to the next generation before I retire,” says Campbell, 51, a skilled carpenter for 30 years and long- time union member. Aside from teaching the trade at the un- ion’s training facility on Rowntree Dairy Road in Toronto, he visits schools, holds open houses and conducts workshops. “When I go into high schools, [I see] young people trying to make a decision as to whether they should go to college or university or to get into trades,” he notes. It was his mother who encouraged him to move to Canada after securing a visa, when his schoolboy days of playing rugby at Kingston Technical School, in Kingston, Jamaica ended. After turning down offers to become an electrician or plumber, Campbell chose carpentry. He believes that the trades provide a clear blueprint for peoples’lives, especially for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. “One of the things that inspired me [to join a trade] was an older friend who pointed out that I could do that by qualifying for a certificate in the union when you are a trades- person,” he re- calls.“So, I took the exam from the Ministry of Training Colleges and University, then everything just started coming together.” Since 2003, as a Business Representative of Local 27, he has been committed to recruiting members to the field and dedicates his free time tomany community- building organisations, including the Jamaican Canadian Association, Helping Hands Jamaica and the Toronto Police Services, where he volunteers as an auxiliary officer. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Community Benefit Network (TCBN) and other community organisations across the province, which aim to establish equality, inclusion and diversity in the con- struction industry. “Chris Campbell is a champion for com- munity benefits,”says Rosemarie Powell, executive director of TCBN.“As a mentor, he has supported numerous youths in TCBN’s NexGen Builders Mentoring Program, to gain access into a career in construction and navigate the complex apprenticeship system.” President of the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario Mike Yorke believes Campbell is the ideal fit to expand on their mandate to ensuring the future of the con- struction industry as an inclusive one. For Campbell, the journey has been chal- lenging but rewarding. Prior to his current career, Campbell worked at Spence Bakery in the heart of Little Jamaica on Eglington Avenue West, baking banana bread, and in a factory. One of his biggest jobs was as a supervisor at the Pickering Nuclear Power Plant. “I was the first black supervisor in that position. And that was amazing,” says the father of five, who has been married for more than 20 years to Bridget, a registered nurse. In his new capacity, one of his duties is to check on construction sites tomake sure there is a balanced and a visual representa- tion of inclusivity. Measuring up now in not only a lucrative career, his performance in the industry, and his work in the community, has garnered him substantial recognition: He recently received the 2021 EFCCC Martin Luther King Award, one of the first 2021 recipients to receive the Martin Luther King 3D Bronze Sculpture award. Looking back over the years, Campbell feels he has levelled up to his vision. “I was driven to achieve and wanted to help people,” he says. Chris Campbell – driven to achieve FEBRUARY 16 - MARCH 15, 2021 | www.jamaica-gleaner.com | CEL ATING OUR STORY - AWEEKLY GLEANER BLACK HISTORY FEATURE Chris Campbell, Equity and Diversity Representative of the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario. CONTRIBUTED THE NATIONAL Land Agency has implemented Systematic Land Registration in order to increase land tenure regularisation in Jamaica. The Government of Jamaica has mandated the Agency to issue Twenty-Thousand (20,000) Certificates of Title within three (3) years from the Systematic Land Registration process. Systematic Land Registration (SLR) is the methodical and orderly registration of parcels of land in a designated area known as the Systematic Adjudication Area. In January 2021, the Prime Minister, The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, MP, declared several districts as Systematic Adjudication Areas. The Benefits: (a) The Government of Jamaica will advance the entire cost for the legal and surveying fees. Persons will, however, be required to repay the costs after the Certificate of Title is issued. The Registrar of Titles will lodge a caveat against the Certificate of Title to protect the Government’s interest in the aforementioned fees. (b) Systematic Land Registration will allow for the registration of a substantial amount of land in a short period. The Process: Applications can be made by any person, within the Systematic Adjudication Area, who has acquired land by inheritance, purchase, gift, or possession of the land for twelve (12) years or more. The SLR process includes house-to-house visits by the legal team from the Adjudication Services Division (ASD) of the National Land Agency, in order to interview landowners claiming an interest in land, neighbours and other community members. Adjudication Certificates (proof of ownership from the adjudication process) will be issued after the processing of the applications by the ASD team. The process concludes with the lodgement of the Adjudication Certificatesat the OfficeofTitles/LandTitlesDivision of theNational LandAgency and the issuance of Certificates ofTitle in the names of the landowners. Forfurtherinformation contact: National Land Agency 8 Ardenne Road, Kingston 10 876-750-5263/ 876-946-5263 www.nla.gov.jm asknla@nla.gov.jm LiveWebChat ( www.nla.gov.jm ) Systematic Land Registration commences in Jamaica