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The Social Development Commission (SDC) in Manchester, has honoured 23 community volunteers, who have done outstanding work across the parish.
At a function held on Wednesday (Nov. 26) at the Ridgemount United Church in Mandeville, the honourees were presented with plaques in recognition of their service to various communities.
SDC Parish Manager, Rose Griffiths, in her remarks, said the function was the agency’s way of saying thanks for the unwavering service to the parish by the volunteers.
“In fostering community development, we have to recognize, the contributions made by the persons, who serve in the different community organisations. No one knows the communities like our volunteers. They are the ones who build the network and cause the dialogue that we need to build the necessary partnerships in putting people at the centre of community development, so this evening we say to them, ‘your work is valuable’,” Mrs. Griffiths said.
Meanwhile, Treasurer of the Williamsfield Area Development Committee, Latoya Palmer-Francis, who was one of the honourees, told JIS News, that the recognition served as motivation, and she would also encourage other young people to make themselves available to build their communities.
“This award has given me a special reason to serve my community with more drive. It’s not all the time that young people are recognised for anything. I never expected any form of recognition …and I want to say that our community belongs to us and we must make time to shape it in the fashion that we want it to be,” she said.
The award function was part of activities to mark Community Month, which is celebrated in November of each year.