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  • Ten teachers from the parish of St. James, who have served the early childhood sector for a combined 415 years, were on September 11 honoured by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC).
  • The educators, whose years of service range from 38 to 46 years, were presented with appreciation plaques during an awards luncheon held at the RIU Hotel and Resort in Ironshore, St. James.
  • Marilyn Belnavis of the Roehampton Basic School, and Millicent Barrett of the Care Basic School, headed the list of honourees at 46 and 45 years of service, respectively.

Ten teachers from the parish of St. James, who have served the early childhood sector for a combined 415 years, were on September 11 honoured by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC).

The educators, whose years of service range from 38 to 46 years, were presented with appreciation plaques during an awards luncheon held at the RIU Hotel and Resort in Ironshore, St. James.

Marilyn Belnavis of the Roehampton Basic School, and Millicent Barrett of the Care Basic School, headed the list of honourees at 46 and 45 years of service, respectively.

The other awardees were: Pansy Piccott of the Hemming Gay Preparatory School, 42 years; Valerie Wade of Bright Horizon Basic, 42 years; Ivylyn Plummer of Catherine Hall Infant, 42 years; Carmen Campbell of Maroon Town Basic, 40 years; Vilma Wallace of Edwards Preparatory, 40 years; Luma Linton of Kensington Basic, 40 years; Keith Dobson of Catadupa Basic, 40 years; and Coleen Hayles of Cambridge Basic, 38 years.

Chairman of the ECC, Professor Maureen Samms Vaughn, in lauding the contribution of the educators, said they have served well and have laid a solid foundation for early childhood education in St. James.

“The sector has come a long way…and the contribution from you here in St. James has been invaluable. Congratulations on being awarded and for the work that you have been doing,” she stated.

Montego Bay’s Mayor, Councillor Glendon Harris, who also spoke at the event, encouraged the teachers to remain focused on building young minds.

“You have been serving the education sector well and I am urging you to continue in that vein. The early childhood sector would never be the same without you all and the contributions that you have made,” he said.

The awards ceremony was staged as part of activities to mark the 10th anniversary of the ECC.