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  • Hon. Norma Lorraine Walters, became the first female Custos of the parish, and the first to succeed her spouse, Radcliffe Walters.
  • The Governor General offered commendation to outgoing custos for his outstanding service to the parish and Jamaica.

History was created in St. Ann on Thursday, March 13 when newly installed Custos Rotulorum for the Parish of St. Ann, Hon. Norma Lorraine Walters, became the first female Custos of the parish, and the first to succeed a spouse.

Mrs. Walters was installed by Governor General , His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen during a ceremony held at the Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann, which saw hundreds of representatives from western parishes participating in the event.

Addressing the ceremony, the Governor General offered commendation to outgoing Custos Hon. Radcliffe Walters for his outstanding service to the parish and Jamaica.

Meanwhile, he used the occasion to express concern over the decline of values and attitudes in the society. “For too long we have allowed our values, positive attitudes and respect for the rule of law to slip.  Too many of us shun hard, focused work, preferring instead activities that provide instant gratification but do not build character.  We have not preserved our natural resources, as we should, for future generations,” he stressed.

He renewed Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller’s call for Jamaicans to come together and take back the nation from the grip of crime and negativity.

“Starting with the people of St. Ann, especially the leaders in our communities, our Pastors, JPs, our teachers, police, social workers and others … wherever you live, wherever you are, I urge you to play your part in a national movement for the restoration of peace, love, honesty, forgiveness and reconciliation in your parish,” the Governor General appealed.

He also encouraged the newly installed Custos to strengthen the team effort of the Justices of the Peace in the parish, to address problems facing the parish, and assist with consensus building and team spirit, through the engagement of groups such as the Ministers Fraternal, community organisations, service clubs, and the business community.

“Our young people must also be engaged in the process.  When you invest in them, you are investing in the country’s future … you need to reinforce the value of hard work and integrity as key ingredients for success,” he said.

He then presented the Custos with the Grand Commission and the Magistrates Roll for St. Ann, followed by the Insignia of the Order of Distinction Commander Class.