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‘Seniors Power’ on show at CCRP’s 3rd Anniversary Expo

Caribbean Community of Retired Persons | 2013-03-27 00:00:00

Five seniors are to receive Living Legacy Awards by the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) for their contribution to nation-building. This will be a special feature of the CCRP’s third Anniversary Lifestyle Expo and Annual General Meeting, which is themed “Seniors Power on the Rise”.

The awardees and their fields are:

•    Founder and Managing Director of Dot Personnel Services, Dotsie Gordon – Business and Community Development.
•    Former Senior Director of Nursing at the UWI School of Nursing, Thelma Jackson – Health and Education.
•    Former insurance executive and former Custos of St Mary, Hon. Bobby Pottinger. He is to be jointly honoured with his wife, Colleen Pottinger – Agriculture.
•    Former Chief Justice, Lensley Wolfe – Justice.
•    Founder of Old Harbour’s first Golden Agers Club, Gloria Robinson – Community Service.

The CCRP Lifestyle Expo will take place on Saturday, April 20, at the Chinese Benevolent Association on Old Hope Road.

The event is a continuation of CCRP’s tribute to outstanding Jamaican seniors. In February of last year, the Association honoured 63 seniors at its Living Legacy Awards, as part of the country’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. They were recognised for their sterling contributions to national development. In June 2012, CCRP also recognised five veteran Jamaican Olympians, as a feature of its first Expo.

The CCRP 2013 Expo will feature a range of exhibits, both products and services, of special interest to seniors. The speakers for the event will include Director of the Mona Ageing and Wellness Centre and CCRP Chair Professor Denise Eldemire Shearer and a representative of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

Professor Eldemire Shearer said the CCRP recognises the important contribution of many seniors to nation-building in Jamaica.

“There are many unsung heroes who have lived a life of service to our nation. They have spent countless days and nights of their lives working in varied fields to build our country,” she said. “We want them to know and we want Jamaica to know that we all hail these persons, we respect them, and most of all, we want to thank them.”

The British Caribbean Insurance Company (BCIC) and the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) have been confirmed as sponsors of the event, while other leading companies have expressed interest in participating.

The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons was launched in April 2010, with the mission of “working to ensure that the vast talent, experience and wisdom of our seniors will be respected, and that they enjoy the quality of life which they so richly deserve.”

With over 700 members from across Jamaica, the organisation continues to be extremely proactive in serving as a vital resource for retired persons, as well as for those preparing for retirement. CCRP actively lobbies on behalf of retirees and pensioners. It also hosts a series of educational and social functions.

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