TORONTO — The Toronto Chapter of the Rusea’s Old Students Association (ROSA) has provided more than $10 million (C$120,000) in support to its Hanover-based alma mater since its inception in 1988.
This was revealed by one of the organisation’s directors, Laurell Gordon, as she gave an update on the group’s work at the 23rd annual fundraising banquet held recently at the Sts. Peter and Paul Banquet Hall in Toronto.
She told the members that their support has provided for the equipping of the school laboratory; the purchase of a school bus, piano, books, and other supplies; and to acquire security, hair salon, and woodwork equipment.
“Your support has enabled us to make a significant contribution to the Seymour Panton Mentorship Centre and has also sustained a school assistance programme where 12 students, each year, are provided with school fees, lunch money, bus fare and uniforms,” she said.
Ms. Gordon thanked the members and supporters for their “dedication and commitment” to the development of the institution. “As past students, we consider ourselves privileged to have been exposed to the solid educational foundation provided by this noble institution. As a result of these investments the lives and destiny of many young Ruseans will be influenced, and in so doing, create a better Jamaica,” she added.
Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto, Seth George Ramocan, in his remarks, lauded the members of ROSA for giving back to their school. “The love and support you give to your alma mater is a true reflection of your appreciation of the education and lessons in life you once received from Rusea’s,” he stated.
The newly elected President of the Alliance of Jamaican Alumni Associations (AJAA), Michael Hylton, also paid tribute to the members of ROSA, noting that their commitment to providing the necessary resources and opportunities for students is commendable.
One of the oldest high schools in Jamaica, Rusea’s was established in 1777, and has several former students, who have distinguished themselves in various fields, including President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Seymour Panton; athlete Merlene Ottey; former Governor-General the Most Hon. Professor Sir Kenneth Hall; family counsellor Rev. Oliver Daley; and broadcaster Kerlyn Brown.
By CAROLYN GOULBOURNE-WARREN, JIS Reporter