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  • Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has described former President of the Senate, Syringa Marshall Burnett, CD, as a nation builder and trail blazer who, as a health care professional, educator, Parliamentarian and social activist, helped significantly to propel Jamaica’s development and the advancement of women.
  • The Prime Minister recalled Mrs. Marshall-Burnett‘s national contribution as a pioneering nurse, nursing educator, Parliamentarian, tireless advocate for senior citizens and one who was passionate about the economic, social and professional advancement of women.
  • Prime Minister Simpson Miller said Mrs. Marshall-Burnett freely gave distinguished service and wise counsel to the People’s National Party serving at the level of the Executive Committee, National Executive Council and internal commissions.

Prime  Minister  Portia  Simpson  Miller  has  described  former  President  of  the Senate, Syringa Marshall Burnett, CD, as a nation builder and trail blazer who, as  a  health  care  professional,  educator,  Parliamentarian  and  social  activist, helped  significantly  to  propel  Jamaica’s  development  and  the  advancement  of women.

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of one of Jamaica’s finest daughters, who has been a nation builder in her time, and who has contributed so much to the development  of  our  country  and  our  people,”  Prime  Minister  Simpson  Miller said in a statement on Saturday (October 11).

The Prime Minister recalled Mrs. Marshall-Burnett‘s national contribution as a pioneering  nurse,  nursing  educator,  Parliamentarian,  tireless  advocate  for senior  citizens  and  one  who  was  passionate  about  the  economic,  social  and professional advancement of women.

“As  a  Senator  and  later  President  of  the  Senate,  she  raised  the  bar  of Parliamentary  decorum  by  the  fine  example  she  set.  Her  contributions  were outstanding  and  profound,  and  her  leadership  fair  and  respected,”  Mrs. Simpson Miller added.

Mrs. Marshall-Burnett’s past  leadership of the Nurses Association of Jamaica,and her leadership of the National Council for Senior Citizens up to the time of her passing, also received high praise from the Prime Minister. She noted that political association and sympathies were never allowed to diminish the level of professionalism  and  stridency  with  which  Syringa  Marshall-Burnett approached her work as a social activist and advocate.

Prime  Minister  Simpson  Miller  said  Mrs.  Marshall-Burnett  freely  gave distinguished service and wise counsel to the People’s National Party serving at the  level  of  the  Executive  Committee,  National  Executive  Council  and  internal commissions.

“I  extend  sincere  condolences  to  her  husband  and  other  members  of  her  dear family  at  this  time  of  great  loss  and  sorrow.  We  will  miss  her  outstanding contributions,  incisive  interventions,  her  activism,  her  wise  advice  and  her passion  for  the  development  of  her  country  and  her  fellow  Jamaicans,”  the Prime Minister said.