Mr. Speaker, I begin my presentation this year with thanksgiving. We have much for which to give God thanks.

The almighty has been faithful to us in good times and in these challenging times.

Let us give thanks for the strong, steady, inspirational leadership of our Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, as he leads our nation in the fight against COVID-19 and the public health, economic and social challenges associated with the pandemic. Let us continue to lift him up in prayers as we need him to go on making decisions in the best interest of Jamaica.

I also give thanks for my colleagues in the cabinet and in this Honourable House; the leadership of our health and security services; all
those on the frontline who are working to keep Jamaica safe; my team in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and
its Departments and Agencies; as well as the people and sectors whom we serve.

I give thanks for the people of Central St. Catherine and my Councillors for the privilege to serve and work with them over the last 23
years. We’ve come a long way and achieved much together in infrastructure development, especially community facilities and schools; roads; safer communities; cultural and sports development; youth engagement; economic opportunities and our training and educational support programmes.

I am energised when I see those who benefted from our constituency development initiatives and are now able to pay it forward by assisting others. This is something to be grateful for even as we work to ensure that the COVID pandemic doesn’t reverse the gains we
have made.

Mr. Speaker, I remain hopeful because of the giftedness of the Jamaican people; their warmth and creativity; their dynamism and indomitable spirit that have resulted in excellence in all sectors.

It is by tapping into the gifts and awakening the spirit of the Jamaican people that we will, by God’s grace, re-group, re-engineer and re-open to a brighter future with Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

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