|Ed Bushell, President, Barbados Association of Retired Persons - BARP|
Mr Bushell has been president of the Barbados Association of Retired Persons for two years. BARP is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation which actively promotes the independence, dignity and purpose of its members. It was incorporated in 1995 and with over 33,000 members, BARP is one of the largest voluntary organisation of its kind in the small island state, and one of the fastest growing.
Mr Bushell is expected to make a presentation at the event about the work of BARP. He has a wealth of experience in the areas of general management, human resource management and industrial relations, having served in various senior management positions in Barbados and internationally in the hospitality industry.
He is also President of the Barbados Masters and Seniors Athletic Club and is a member of the World Bank's Panel of Arbitrators.
Director of the Mona Ageing and Wellness Centre and CCRP Chair Professor Denise Eldemire Shearer said the CCRP welcomes the BARP President to the island and appreciates his willingness to be a part of the Jamaican event.
"It is really an honour to have him as part of our Expo and our special awards ceremony. BARP is an exemplary association and he has been doing a great job," she said.
Professor Eldemire Shearer added, "We are excited to share ideas and the experiences of both organisations. I am sure our members will also be moved by his presentation."
A special feature of the Expo will be a Living Legacy Awards ceremony to honour outstanding Jamaican seniors for their contribution to nation-building. Dotsie Gordon; Thelma Jackson; Hon. Bobby Pottinger, jointly with his wife Colleen Pottinger; Justice Lensley Wolfe and Gloria Robinson are to be honoured for their work in the fields of Business Development, Health and Education, Agriculture, Justice and Community Service. The CCRP Living Legacy Awards is a continuation of CCRP's tribute to outstanding Jamaican seniors, which was launched last February.
The CCRP 2013 Expo will feature a range of exhibits, both products and services, of special interest to seniors. The speakers for the event will also include Professor Denise Eldemire Shearer. Sponsors of the event are the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo), British Caribbean Insurance Company (BCIC), Facey Commodity and HD Hopwood. Refreshments are being contributed by Grace foods and Wisynco.
The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons was launched in April 2010, with the mission of "working to ensure that the vast talent, experience and wisdom of our seniors will be respected, and that they enjoy the quality of life which they so richly deserve."
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