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Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto, Anne-Marie Bonner, has challenged members of the Ruseas’s Old Students Association (ROSA), Canada, to develop a mentorship programme for the current students.
“Young people need positive role models to emulate and be the beacon that leads them to achievement,” Mrs. Bonner told ROSA members at their 18th Annual Dinner/Dance held on May 13 in Toronto, Canada.
“I want you to consider a mentorship programme to give the young men and women of Rusea’s the gift of sharing their hopes and aspirations with someone who can guide, inspire and support them in their dreams,” she said.
The Consul General said the mentorship programme would ensure that the physical support that the past students association was already giving, would be effectively utilized to produce whole, educated and promising young persons.
Noting that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, in her inaugural budget speech, had observed that too many Jamaicans were in a tough and unforgiving struggle, Mrs. Bonner said young people needed help to break from this struggle to release their full potential.
“Let us give them the tools to see their self-worth, to find the opportunities in disappointments and hope in the times of despair,” she said.
The Consul General thanked the association for its assistance to its alma mater which, since its inception in 1988, has sent over Cdn$80,000 in equipment and cash to the school.
According to ROSA Canada’s President, Dalton Forrester, the organization was started to continue the work of others in ensuring that the less privileged are given an opportunity to reach their potential. The association’s crowning support, he added, was the Students’ Assistance Programme which targeted needy students who were in danger of dropping out of school because of financial needs, by providing them with books, uniform, school fees and lunch money.
Highlighting some of the school’s well-known past students, the President made mention of the Rev. Oliver Daley, family counsellor and pastor of the Ridgemount Methodist Church in Mandeville; Justice Seymour Panton, High Court Judge; Merlene Ottey, internationally renowned sprinter; His Excellency Professor Kenneth Hall, Governor General and Errald Miller, spouse of Prime Minister Simpson Miller.
“Given a chance, in time to come some of these children that we are now helping may go on to become the Prime Minister, Governor-General, First Lady or simply good citizens. We want to give them that chance,” said Mr. Forrester.
The organization has other fund-raising events planned for 2006, including a Summer Barbecue/Picnic and a Fall Social.