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Custos of St. Thomas, Hon. Marcia Bennett, has said that the success of Jamaicans in the areas of sports, culture, business, academics and community development must be shared with youths to inspire them to become “world class citizens.”
Mrs. Bennett was speaking at an appreciation dinner on Sunday (August 23), at the Whispering Bamboo Cove Resorts in Retreat, St. Thomas, to honour former principal, Mr. Leopold Spence. The function also honoured teachers Mrs. Myrtle Christian and Mrs. Ermine Osbourne-Boothe, who taught at the then Marlie Hill School, Belfield, St.Catherine.
The event was hosted by retired civil servant and Governor-General’s Achievement Awardee 2008, Mrs. Verona O’Connor, in honour of the teachers who influenced her life at Marlie Hill School.
Former lecturer at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and a teacher at Quality Academics Limited, Ardenne Road, Kingston Mrs. Osbourne-Booth, attended. However, with both Mr. Leopold Spence and Mrs. Myrtle Christian deceased, their plaques were received by their children, Ms. Hazel Spence Ogilvie and Mr. Stanley Christian, respectively.
“Let us celebrate our heroes, our athletes, our entrepreneurs, our students and our community leaders who continue to do well, so that our children will want to emulate them and to make the choice to be different, to stand up for the values that have made us a small country, but such an influential one in the world,” Mrs. Bennett said.
She said that young people must be encouraged to be strong members of the community and called for a return to the “old time” traditions and values.
“The village must raise the children to be creative in their pursuits and to work hard to achieve their goals,” she said.
Speaking on the theme, “Appreciation of who we are and what we have,” Mrs. Bennett lauded the achievements of the athletes at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany.
“No one can dispute the value we can place on the work of our athletes in building Brand Jamaica. Indeed, we have much to give thanks for,” she added.
“We must celebrate what we have in our cultural tradition which has helped to inspire and develop disciplined athletes, and world class students excelling in many areas and endeavours. We need to share the success stories of all our heroes, and the many spheres in which they have excelled, so our children can aspire to be heroes too,” she continued.
Dr. Novelette McKnight, friend of Mrs. Osbourne-Boothe and Mrs. O’Connor, also reflected on their experiences with the educators, and their contribution to educational development.

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