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  • The Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, has hailed new Custos of Portland, Hon. Lincoln Thaxter, as a true patriot, who is well suited for public office.
  • She highlighted his contribution in education as a teacher with the National Youth Service (NYS), and his alma mater, Titchfield High School, eventually assuming the leadership of the institution, and also at Calabar High in Kingston.
  • The Prime Minister said that although he has sought to contribute in various spheres, his service to youth development and education is exemplary.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, has hailed new Custos of Portland, Hon. Lincoln Thaxter, as a true patriot, who is well suited for public office.

In a speech read by Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, at the installation ceremony held yesterday (October 10), at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Port Antonio, Mrs.Simpson Miller lauded Custos Thaxter for his many years of exemplary service to the parish.

She highlighted his contribution in education as a teacher with the National Youth Service (NYS), and his alma mater, Titchfield High School, eventually assuming the leadership of the institution, and also at Calabar High in Kingston.

“Your career in the classroom did not restrict your involvement in several areas of community life. The people of Portland, who are usually the first to experience the fury of the hurricane season, will always be grateful for your service of many years on the Portland Parish Disaster Preparedness Committee, and the Portland Environment Protection Association. You have played a big part in the cultural life of the parish in your capacity as Vice Chairman of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC),” the Prime Minister noted.

She also cited Custos Thaxter’s work with the Rotary Club of Port Antonio, the Baptist Church, the Portland Co-operative Credit Union, and the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA).

The Prime Minister said that although he has sought to contribute in various spheres, his service to youth development and education is exemplary.

“Your first love will always be the classroom and the art of teaching. Your insistence on discipline through your lifelong work and association with young people in the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF) has been a remarkable journey rising to the rank of Major. I applaud your latest initiative to spearhead a Ministry of Education project to expand the number of uniformed groups in schools across the island as a strategy to promote order, discipline and character development,” the Prime Minister stated.