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  • Newly installed President of the Jamaica Association of Maryland (JAM), Noel Godfrey says the group plans to explore increasing investment opportunities between Jamaica and that American state.
  • The Association will also be joining forces with the Ministries of Education and Health to assist in the delivery of better education and healthcare in Jamaica.
  • The new JAM president noted that there is an urgent need to strengthen the organisation’s membership and that he had plans to establish a junior arm called ‘Jam link’.

Newly installed President of the Jamaica Association of Maryland (JAM), Noel Godfrey says the group plans to explore increasing investment opportunities between Jamaica and that American state.

He said the Association will also be joining forces with the Ministries of Education and Health to assist in the delivery of better education and healthcare in Jamaica.

Mr. Godfrey said some of the main goals of the new executive are to: unite Jamaicans residing in Baltimore; promote the Jamaican culture and heritage; and advance the social and economic welfare of Jamaicans living in Maryland.

In his address after the new board was installed at JAM’s 26th anniversary celebration and scholarship awards banquet, on Saturday, June 14, at the Best Western Hotel in Baltimore, he urged members to see the organisation as a vehicle through which members can collectively engage in projects and activities which will support the efforts back in their homeland.

The new JAM president noted that there is an urgent need to strengthen the organisation’s membership and that he had plans to establish a junior arm called ‘Jam link’.

‘Jam link’ will be geared towards the training and development of young Jamaicans who will one day lead the organisation.  It will also provide opportunities to children of Jamaican heritage to learn about their country of origin, the island’s strengths, and areas which need to be developed.

Mr. Godfrey says the hope is to get the youngsters to focus more on giving back and volunteering time and resources to their homeland.

He succeeded Rick Nugent who led the organisation for 12 years and, is now the current President of the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organization (NAJASO).

The incoming JAM executive members are: First Vice President, Aston Boyd; Second Vice President, Julaine Rigg; General Secretary, Yvonne Clarke; Assistant Secretary, Donnet Lawrence; Treasurer, Jacqueline Bell; Assistant Treasurer, Beverly Campbell; and Public Relations Officer, Heather Edwards.

Among those in attendance at the Awards Banquet were First Secretary Consul at the Embassy of Jamaica, Dameon Nunick; Maryland House of Assembly Delegate, Shirley Natham-Pulliam; President of NAJASO, Rick Nugent; and former president of the Jamaican Nationals Association (JNA) Moreen Wallace.