The Gleaner NA July Special Edition

3. 1965: Martin Luther and Coretta King’s visit to Jamaica - June 20 4. 1964: Marcus Garvey was declared the first national hero and in 1965,Sir Alexander Bustamante (founder of the JLP) and Sir Norman Manley (founder of the PNP) awared the Order of National Hero. 5. 1966: Ethiopan Emperor Haille Selaise visits - April 21 6. 1968: UWI student protest and The Rodney Disturbance of 1968. The riots, which ensued asWalter Rodney was a lecturer at UWI, Mona campus, were further awakening of “black and economic consciousness” in university population, spilling over into the general population and worldwide interest in international issues. This was the year prior to my immigrating to Canada and I was living in Kingston at the time. How was Jamaica viewed by Canada over the years and especially since Independence? My personal perspective of Canada and that of Canadians of Jamaicans was quite positive prior to my immigrating to Canada. After all, my sister was recruited as a nurse and my eldest brother had received a CIDA [Canadian International Development Agency] scholarship to study at NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology). Many Jamaicans first migrated under the domestic scheme [1966-67], then came the recruitment under the points system where there was a huge “brain drain” of professionals to Canada. Jamaicans are well integrated into the fabric of Canada and have contributed significantly to the country socially, culturally, politically and economically. Many of its luminaries [native to Jamaica or of Jamaican heritage] are well known Canada wide. Congratulations to Jamaica on its 60th anniversary of Independence, and best wishes as it considers forging another significant chapter in its history as it decides on its future of becoming a republic. Marjorie Taylor (nee Brownie) is a community leader/volunteer; Brampton, Ontario resident; 2015 Brampton Citizen of the Year; and past student of Manning’s School in Westmoreland, Jamaica. 20 Congratulations on Jamaica’s 60th Anniversary of Independence care to women,” he added. Before joining St John’s Episcopal Hospital, Marecheau was a faculty staff attending at the Long Island College Hospital (LICH), where she completed her residency training, becoming a medical student clerkship director. She then spent nine years as a faculty attending at NYU Langone-Brooklyn (formerly Lutheran Medical Center), where she chaired the quality assurance committee for the Federally Qualified Health Center in Women’s Health. The Bronx native received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Education from the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education (currently known as the CUNY Medical School). She obtained her medical degree from SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, NY, and is board certified in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology. Marecheau has received numerous awards throughout her career, most notably the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, which she has received twice. Outside of her career, she is a proud wife of 11 years and mother to an eight-year-old son. St John’s Episcopal Hospital is the only hospital providing emergency and ambulatory care to the densely populated, culturally and economically diverse, and medically underserved populations of the Rockaways and five towns in southern Queens County and southwestern Nassau County, New York. Celebrating over 110 years of community care, the 257-bed facility provides people of all faiths with comprehensive preventive, diagnostic treatment and rehabilitative services, regardless of ability to pay. For more information, visit MARECHEAU CONTINUED FROM 19 JAMAICA CONTINUED FROM 12 THE MONTHLY GLEANER | JULY 31 - OCTOBER 21, 2022 | | FEATURE