JIS News

Wayne Anthony Brown, a 17-year old first year student of the Montego Bay Community College, is the St. James Parish Council’s Junior Mayor for 2005/06.
He was awarded the prestigious position at the Junior Council Competition held at the Montego Bay Civic Centre on November 23, where some 17 students vied for the honour of representing their communities at the local level.
The Junior Mayor competition was part of activities by the Council to mark Local Government and Community Development Month in November.
Wayne, who is enrolled in the pre-university arts programme at the community college, was presented with the coveted Junior Mayor trophy, a scholarship courtesy of Member of Parliament for North West St. James, Dr. Horace Chang, in addition to several gifts and certificates from the St. James Parish Council.
Chairman of the function, Councillor Richard Solomone, informed that the Junior Council Competition was designed to interest young people in governance, especially at the local level, with the hope that they would “help to reduce the level of apathy that now exists towards politics”.
Held every year, the competition involves the selection of students from high schools in St. James and the Montego Bay community college, to represent the 17 parish council divisions. Each participant is assigned a topic on current affairs relating specifically to the parish, and is required to make a five-minute oral presentation.
Councillor Solomone explained that once elected “the Junior Mayor and his Junior Council are expected to work towards implementing a community-based project during their term of office, which lasts for one year”.
Director of Delapenha Funeral Home, Dale Delapenha, in his address to the participants, told the students that they held the key to a better Jamaica and possessed the necessary skills to create positive change in the future.
“In you, I see all the answers to a better future for all Jamaicans . I believe that if the youth of this country took the lead role in organizing and carrying out community-based projects in their own communities, then we could start a revolution that would spread throughout Jamaica,” he stated.
He expressed the hope that in time, the country’s young people would rise up to be “die hard Jamaicans”, who would elect political leaders based on their qualification, leaders who presented the best plans and who possessed the integrity to carry out those plans.