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  • Members of the National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) are beneficiaries of a collection of heritage publications, donated by the Jamaica Information Service (JIS).
  • The materials were presented earlier this month to a group from the Council at the agency’s Kingston office, through the effort of the Public Relations and Marketing, and the Research and Publications departments.
  • Chief Executive Officer of the JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe, in presenting the package to the seniors, thanked them for their invaluable service to the country.

Members of the National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) are beneficiaries of a collection of heritage publications, donated by the Jamaica Information Service (JIS).

The materials were presented earlier this month to a group from the Council at the agency’s Kingston office, through the effort of the Public Relations and Marketing, and the Research and Publications departments.

Chief Executive Officer of the JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe, in presenting the package to the seniors, thanked them for their invaluable service to the country.

“Please accept our gift and know that we appreciate the significant contribution made to Jamaica by all of you,” she said.

Mrs. Rowe noted that the seniors possess a wealth of talent and information that is valuable. She also thanked the Council for displaying craft items in the JIS lobby during Senior Citizens’ Week.

Programme Organiser for Income Security at the Council, Ruth Stennett, in accepting the package, said it was “timely” and would assist with the activities of the centres located across the island.

“On behalf of the Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, the Permanent Secretary and the Chief Technical Officer, we want to express gratitude for this timely gift, which will no doubt assist in our cultural retention and intergenerational activities for our seniors,” she said.

The donation will be used in the NCSC Day Centres across the island. The Council has 52 Day Centres across the island serving a membership of 23,871 seniors. Activities at the Day Centres include skills training, art and craft, exercise, seminars, as well as community outreach activities.

The package consisted of posters and books, including the JIS original publication, ‘A Different Hurricane and Other Jamaican Stories’.

Also present at the handover were two members of NCSC, Slater Daley and Pamela Francis.

Senior Citizens’ Week was observed from September 27 to October 3, under the theme: ‘Active Ageing is the Desirable Goal – Activate Your Action Plan Now’.