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Jamaica’s High Commissioner to Canada, His Excellency Carl Marshall, will head the list of dignitaries at the historic launch of the Jamaican Diaspora Canada Foundation (JDCF) on Thursday, December 2.
Canada’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Claudio Valle and Consul General to Toronto, Vivia Betton will also attend the event, which is slated for the Paradise Club in Western Ontario.
President of the Foundation, Philip Mascoll, is promising an exciting affair with guests from Canada, Jamaica, the United States and Britain.
According to Mr. Mascoll, the JDCF is the first organisation to which “every Jamaican and descendant of a Jamaican living in Canada – by some estimates close to 300,000 of us – automatically belongs, just because you are a Jamaican.”
The organisation’s aims, he said, were to enhance Jamaica in the areas of national security, business, education and social development, and also to liaise with the Jamaican Diaspora in other countries.
The JCDF was formed following a two-day Diaspora conference held in Kingston in June this year, which attracted over 300 delegates from Jamaica, Canada, the United States and Britain. Mr. Mascoll, who is a journalist in Toronto, and Sharon Folkes-Abrahams, a lawyer, were elected to the Advisory Board at the Conference. The other members are from the United States and Britain.
Mr. Mascoll noted that the conference, held under the theme ‘Unleashing the Potential’ was long overdue and was an acknowledgement that after 42 years of independence “it was time for the close to 6,000,000 Jamaicans worldwide to start living our motto – Out of Many One People – and to forge ourselves into a cohesive army marching toward with a single objective, the betterment of the yard”.
He appealed to other Jamaican organisations in Canada to come onboard and work with the JDCF to effect positive changes in Jamaica. “Jamaicans are such vital and hard-working people whose collective knowledge is power,” he noted. “Surely as a collective, we can make a difference,” he said.

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