JIS News

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, has commended the Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) for maintaining a very strong relationship with Jamaican communities in the Diaspora over the past 30 years.

According to the Ambassador, “VMBS has maintained very strong relationships with Jamaican communities, churches and entities in the Diaspora, and has provided an avenue for Jamaicans to make meaningful contributions and provide support in areas such as education, sports and health care in Jamaica."

Ambassador Marks also commended VMBS for its vision in conceptualising the Victoria Mutual Vision for Jamaica Map.

She was speaking at the launch of Victoria Mutual’s Vision for Jamaica Map at the VMBS booth at the Sunset Jamaica Grand Hotel, Ocho Rios, during the recent Jamaica Diaspora Convention.

She said that by opening offices in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, VMBS has given Jamaicans in the Diaspora an opportunity to stay in touch with family members and friends, and has provided tangible support to groups, events and initiatives, throughout the Diaspora.

VMBS President and CEO, Richard Powell, noted that it was a spirit of partnership and mutuality that moved the founders of VMBS to establish the institution, in order to empower the Jamaican population to help one another, by pooling their resources.

“VMBS remains true to these tenets, and is committed to working towards strengthening our relationships with the Diaspora in a similar spirit of partnership,” Mr. Powell said.

He added that the launching of The Victoria Mutual Vision Map, at the recent Diaspora Convention, was a reinforcement of its belief in those principles, and its conviction that a better society can only be built through the commitment of Jamaicans at home and abroad.

“The Victoria Mutual Vision Map represents some of the ingredients that must be present to make Jamaica a better society and, as such, has presented a visual display that allow members of the delegation to symbolically play their part in building a better Jamaica,” he said.

He stated it was the aim of VMBS to remind each Jamaican that, no matter where they reside, they have a responsibility to make their contribution to that goal.

“Attributes such as oneness, love, partnership, strength, progress, unity, trust, commitment, faith and family, speak to the steps we must take to improve our island, and to take a stand that will result in a better Jamaica for future generations,” he pointed out.

He said that VMBS has had a long-standing commitment to the Diaspora with the establishment of offices in the US, UK and Canada offering a wide range of services, which support maintaining strong relationships with the Jamaican Diaspora. 

The VMBS CEO noted that his organisation has partnered with a number of Jamaican organizations  in the Diaspora, including the National Association of Jamaican & Supportive Organisations (NAJASO), Integrity Children’s Fund, Friends of Trelawny Association (FOTA), Florida Jerk Festival and Penn Relays in the USA, Soccerfest, Jambana, Jamaica Canadian Association, Progressive Jamaicans (PROJAM) in Canada, the Victoria Mutual Caribbean Cricket Challenge, Chelsea Flower Show and Jamaica Basic School Foundation in the UK.


Derrick Scott

JIS Information Attache

Embassy of Jamaica