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The Boston Community Centre in Portland has been renamed the Dalbert Sharpe Community Centre, in honour of the resident, who was instrumental in its development.
The decision to rename the facility was spearheaded by the Boston Old Student’s Association Benevolent Society, which has assumed responsibility for the management of the centre for the past 17 years. Mr. Sharpe, who is a member of the organization, is also the benefactor for a number of projects and programmes in the Boston community.
As the renaming ceremony held at the community centre on Thursday (Jan. 3), tributes were paid to Mr. Sharpe for his work in making the facility a reality and for promoting the spirit of volunteerism in the community.
In giving the main address, former Regional Director for the Ministry of Education’s region 2, Beryl Jengelly, commended the Boston Old Student’s Association for honouring Mr. Sharpe, and for its work in advancing community development.
She encouraged the group to expand on its good work by promoting literacy, adopting schools, establishing a homework centre for students, and collaborating with the HEART/NTA to provide skills training for young people in the community.
Congratulating Mr. Sharpe, she said that the spirit of volunteerism he has displayed is worthy of emulation by other persons in the society.Mr. Sharpe, his reply, said he is humbled by the honour and promised to continue to work for the development of Boston.
Dr. Hubert Lawrence of the Boston Old Student’s Association Benevolent Society read the citation, while there were tributes from Cleo Bennett of the Social Development Commission; Hermine Maine of the Priestman’s River Benevolent Society;and Terrence Beckford of the Boston Old Student’s Association.

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