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  • The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) will stage its inaugural civic and community awards later this month, to honour persons, who have made significant contributions to the city.
  • The event will be held annually, during November, to coincide with activities commemorating Local Government and Community Development Month, which is being observed this year, under the theme: ‘Service People – Empowering Communities’.
  • Mayor Brown Burke, who launched the awards during a brief ceremony at the KSAC’s Church Street offices on November 4, which was attended by visiting Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane in South Africa, Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, said the initiative is aimed at recognising persons in communities “who have been giving selfless service.”

The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) will stage its inaugural civic and community awards later this month, to honour persons, who have made significant contributions to the city.

The event will be held annually, during November, to coincide with activities commemorating Local Government and Community Development Month, which is being observed this year, under the theme: ‘Service People – Empowering Communities’.

The brainchild of Kingston’s Mayor, Senator Councillor Angela Brown Burke, the awards are open to all persons, except those conferred with national honours and awards.

Submissions are being invited from Councillors of the KSAC, as well as citizens, Community-based Organisations (CBOs), and churches, among other stakeholders.

Mayor Brown Burke, who launched the awards during a brief ceremony at the KSAC’s Church Street offices on November 4, which was attended by visiting Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane in South Africa, Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, said the initiative is aimed at recognising persons in communities “who have been giving selfless service.”

“Whether it is our service groups, service clubs… (or) members of the Community Development Councils (CDCs) in our various communities, who work really hard and volunteer …we thought we would …ensure that we find a (way) to honour unsung heroes of our communities…who have kept our communities going…sometimes at risk to themselves and, certainly at great sacrifice,” she explained.

 

Additionally, she said the KSAC also wanted to recognise the work of Councillors, who have given long and distinguished service to the council and, by extension, their divisions, and communities.

Councillor Ramokgopa, who also spoke, praised the decision to initiate the awards, and extended congratulations to all who will be recognised.

“And, for those who don’t get to be recognised, your efforts, I am sure, will be recognised in the future, going forward. We will draw from the lessons of these awards and I am sure that I am going to introduce (it) to the City (of Tshwane) to say that ‘there is best practice in other parts of the world that seeks to recognise ordinary men and women’,” he said.

Five categories of awards will be presented, four if which have been named after past and current mayors.

These are the: Angela Brown Burke Youth Award for Local Economic Development; Francis “Paco” Kennedy Award for Champion of the Environment; Ralph Brown Memorial Award for Community Leadership; Desmond McKenzie Award for Volunteerism and Community Service; and Marie Atkins Memorial Award for Commitment to Helping the Elderly.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the KSAC’s website at www.ksacorp.gov.jm, or may be collected at the Council’s Church Street offices; at the Social Development Commission (SDC); and from councillors.

The deadline for submissions is November 15, at 5:00 p.m., and forms should be submitted to the KSAC’s Customer Care Hall at Church Street.

A panel of five judges, comprising representatives from the Ministries of Local Government and Youth and Culture; Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC); Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF); and SDC, will select the winners.

Special recognition will be given to councillors, who have served the KSAC with distinction, for periods of 10 to 14 years, and upwards of 15 years.

Presentations will be made at a special red carpet gala on a date and at a venue to be announced shortly by the KSAC. This is expected to culminate the city’s activities for Local Government and Community Development Month.

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