JIS News

Forty-five persons serving in various areas in Portland have received plaques and certificates of appreciation for their contribution to community development.
The presentations were made on August 1 by the Snow Hill Community Development Committee, during its annual awards ceremony at the Old Port Antonio Marina.
Some of the areas in which the recipients have served include sports, education, social work, the justice system, public cleansing, media, culture and education.
The function, which was held as part of Emancipation Day celebrations in the parish, was the fourth such event to be hosted by the Snow Hill Development Committee.
Delroy Miller, President of the Snow Hill Development Committee told JIS News that the plaques were given to persons who have retired, after providing long and distinguished service to their communities, while the certificates of appreciation were presented to younger persons working for community development.
She said the committee was highly appreciative of the contribution the recipients have made to the process of community development, and that the examples set by them were worthy of emulation by everyone in the parish. In her address at the ceremony, former Miss Jamaica World, Imani Duncan commended the Snow Hill Development Committee for the work it was doing to foster the sustainable development of the community, and for providing leadership to the people of that community.
She exhorted members of the committee to ensure that the young people in the community are given the opportunity to become members and to contribute to its operation.
Several of the recipients told JIS News that they were appreciative for the recognition of their service, and pledged their commitment to continue to work for the development of their communities.
Also attending the ceremony were representatives of several organisations in the parish, including the Police, the Social Development Commission (SDC), the Portland Parish Council, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), the Portland Development Committee, the College of Agriculture Science and Education, and a number of educational institutions.