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  • Eight residents of St. James have been recognized by the Lay Magistrates’ Association, St. James chapter, for their contribution towards the development of the parish.
  • The awards were presented in the fields of health, agriculture, religion, community service, sports, education, tourism and journalism, and took place at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James, on November 29.
  • President of the St. James Lay Magistrates’ Association, Claudette Bryan, in lauding the awardees said their contributions have made the parish of St. James a much better place.

Eight residents of St. James have been recognized by the Lay Magistrates’ Association, St. James chapter, for their contribution towards the development of the parish.

The awards were presented in the fields of health, agriculture, religion, community service, sports, education, tourism and journalism, and took place at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James, on November 29.

Retired health worker, Prudence Scarlett, received the award in that category; Marvell Chambers was presented with the award for agriculture; Reverend Everton Jackson copped the award for religion; Dave Allen was presented with the award for community service; football coach, Dr. Dean Weatherly, copped the award for sports; Yvonne Gordon got the award for education; former Jamaica Tourist Board employee, Dr. Norma Taylor, received the Tourism award; and veteran Journalist, Clinton Pickering, was presented with the award for that category.

President of the St. James Lay Magistrates’ Association, Claudette Bryan, in lauding the awardees said their contributions have made the parish of St. James a much better place.

“You all have made significant contributions towards improving the lives of our residents of this parish. The St. James Lay Magistrates’ Association believes in praising and recognizing people when they are alive and well, and this awards presentation forms part of that process,” she said.

Mrs. Bryan said the selection of the eight awardees was a very challenging process as the nominations were of the highest standards and everyone was deserving of the recognition.

Responding, Reverend Jackson said the awards will continue to inspire the recipients to work harder in trying to make the parish and the lives of the citizens better.

“While we do not set out to work for recognition, we are very thankful and humbled by the award. We pledge to continue the work and hope that we will help to inspire others to work toward bettering the lives of our fellowmen,” he said.