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CCRP Jamaica honours five living legends

Caribbean Community of Retired Persons | 2015-04-24 00:00:00

Five distinguished Jamaicans received Living Legacy Awards from the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons Jamaica (CCRP) for their contribution to nation-building yesterday, Thursday, 23rd April.  This was a special feature of the CCRP’s 5th Anniversary event held at The Devonshire, Devon House.

The five recipients were:
• Mrs. Merel Hanson, a retired nurse and currently the acting Chair of the National Council for Senior Citizens.  She was awarded the Inaugural Syringa Marshall-Burnett Award for her contribution in the fields of Health and Community Service.
• Mrs. Beverly Hall-Taylor, former Executive Director of the National Council for Senior Citizens was awarded for her contribution in the fields of Social and Community Service.
• Ambassador K.G. Anthony Hill, who has served Jamaica for decades both locally and internationally, for his contribution to the Diplomatic Service and the field of Climate Change.
• Mr. Ken Jones, for his contribution in the field of Journalism and his authorship of books on the lives of outstanding Jamaicans such as Marcus Garvey and Sir Alexander Bustamante.
• Dr. Badih Shoucair, a medical doctor who has rendered outstanding services to the Jamaican community for over 60 years, was awarded for his contribution in the fields of Health and Community Service.

The recipients’ replies were moving and inspirational.  Beverly Hall-Taylor exhorted guests to never let a day pass without doing something for someone.  Dr. Shoucair said it was necessary to serve all persons from all walks of life.  Merel Hanson was overwhelmed to receive the award named for her close friend and mentor, the late Syringa Marshall-Burnett and paid tribute to her memory.

Ambassador Hill suggested that the two issues of aging population and climate change pose Jamaica’s biggest challenge.  He wondered if it was time to consider a National Retirement Service, so that those whose age meant that formal work may have to stop, would still have ample opportunity to give of their experience and energies.  Many heads nodded in agreement.

Veteran journalist and author Ken Jones reminded the audience of the importance of the present, and challenged them to embrace the work required in the here and now.

Entertainment was provided by Ernie Smith, himself a past recipient of the CCRP Living Legacy Award, with the seniors participating in his lively performance.

Prior to the awards ceremony, the CCRP held its Annual General Meeting, in which it was noted that membership had doubled to over 1,400 due, in large part, to the introduction of the Sagicor Major Medical Health Insurance plan for CCRP members.  Honorary Director of the CCRP, Sir Kenneth Hall, congratulated the Board and membership of the CCRP on its 5th Anniversary.  The CCRP’s oldest member, 98- year-old Ms. Priscilla Harris, was presented with her membership card.  She participated in the cutting of the Anniversary cake.


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