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    • Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller says she is optimistic about the country’s future, despite the challenges.
    • The Prime Minister refuted claims that Jamaica is not advancing. “It is not true that nothing positive is happening in our beautiful nation. We still have some distance to go, but we are reflective of the past, positive about the present and optimistic about the future,” she argued.
    • he Prime Minister lauded the Club’s 40 years of dedicated, voluntary service to Jamaica and charged them to remember those who laid the foundation. She encouraged the members to continue to expand their valuable service, especially to the children.

    Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller  says she is  optimistic about the country’s future, despite the challenges.

    “While we  have to  be conscious of the challenges and work relentlessly to mitigate their impact, we cannot dwell on the negatives. We have to build on the positives and keep hope alive,” the Prime Minister urged.

    Addressing the Kiwanis Club of North St. Andrew’s 40th anniversary meeting at the Police Officers’ Club, on March 20, Mrs. Simpson Miller encouraged  those present and the wider society, to share her optimism about the future.

    “Believe with me that Jamaica’s future is bright. Let us start the next 40 years of the journey on a positive note. Let us celebrate the triumphs, correct the errors and build on our successes. It is this innovative and resilient spirit that we must tap into and build an even better and stronger Jamaica,” she said.

    The Prime Minister refuted claims that Jamaica is not advancing. “It is not true that nothing positive is happening in our beautiful nation. We still have some distance to go, but we are reflective of the past, positive about the present and optimistic about the future,” she argued.

    Mrs. Simpson Miller said her faith in Jamaica is buoyed each time she receives reports of students across the island excelling.

    “I am challenged and motivated to work double time and triple time to help create the opportunities to ensure that these talents develop and are harnessed for the advancement of our homeland,”  she added.

    The Prime Minister  lauded the Club’s 40 years of dedicated, voluntary service to Jamaica and charged them to remember those who laid the foundation. She encouraged the members to continue to expand their valuable service, especially to the children.

    “Kiwanians of North St. Andrew, I congratulate you on being good team members over 40 years of existence. You have not only talked about service, you have demonstrated service by contributing to the lives of our people and our communities and I thank you,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.

    In keeping with its focus on ‘Young Children, Priority One’, the Kiwanis Club of North St. Andrew, over the years, has partnered with the Bustamante Hospital for Children on a number of projects, including the building of a 40-bed isolation ward, and a Child Care Centre for children and staff.

    It also built the Rubella Unit on Mannings Hill Road, St. Andrew; the Youth Counselling and Resource Development Centre at Mico, which provides counselling, skills training and personal development opportunities for at-risk youth.

    Mrs. Simpson Miller also cited the Club’s recent focus on building human capital, offering scholarships to students from the primary to the tertiary level, engaging youth in various developmental projects; and caring for the elderly.

    “These and other achievements qualify you as valuable players on the national team,” she noted.

    The Prime Minister pointed out that the age of 40 is a good time for reflection, whether as an individual or organization, and to consider the possibility of new directions for the next phase of life.

     

    “From my perspective as a person called to serve through the vehicles of politics and government, after 40 years of service, I feel proud to have participated in Jamaica’s post independence development,” Mrs. Simpson Miller  said.