DEDICATED TO SERVICE - Sharon Deheney-Walker (left), Director, Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) presents a Living Legacy Award to Gloria Robinson at the CCRP Lifestyle Expo on Saturday April 20. Robinson was one of six seniors who were awarded at the event for their contribution to national development in different areas. She was honoured for her many years of dedication to community service. The Living Legacy Awards feature is a continuation of CCRP’s tribute to outstanding Jamaicans. The Expo featured exhibits from the Jamaica Public Service, Grace Foods, British Caribbean Insurance Company (BCIC), HD Hopwood and Facey Commodity.
|POTTINGERS HONOURED: Former Custos of St Mary, the Hon. Bobby Pottinger, and his wife, Colleen Pottinger, receive the BCIC Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) Living Legacy Award for Agriculture and National Service from BCIC CEO Peter Levy (second right) and CCRP Chair Professor Denise Eldemire Shearer. Occasion was CCRP Jamaica's Third Anniversary celebrations themed 'Seniors on the Rise' at the Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA) on Saturday April 20, 2013.|
SOME 200 ENJOY CCRP LIFESTYLE EXPO: VARIED EXHIBITS, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL LINKS, LATEST RESEARCH, HONOURING 6 MORE ‘LEGENDS’
Kingston, Jamaica, April 23, 2013: Nearly 200 vivacious seniors and their friends enjoyed a lively afternoon of important information combined with fun treats, at the third Anniversary Lifestyle Expo of the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) Jamaica. This took place on Saturday afternoon April 20 and also featured the CCRP Annual General Meeting. Venue was the roomy auditorium at the Chinese Benevolent Association on Hope Road. The theme was “Seniors Power on the Rise”.
Honoured “stars” of the afternoon were five distinguished nation builders presented with CCRP Living Legacy Awards highlighting their outstanding contributions to Jamaica. These were Gloria Robinson for Community Development; Thelma Jackson for Nursing and Education; Dotsie Gordon for Business and Community Development; Justice Hon. Lensley Wolfe for Justice, and Hon. Alaric and Coleen Pottinger for Agriculture and Community Development. Mrs. Jackson was unable to attend, so her husband Gladstone Jackson received the award on her behalf.
The 2013 Awards were a continuation of CCRP’s tribute to outstanding Jamaican seniors. In February of last year, the Association honoured 63 seniors at its Living Legacy Awards, as part of the country’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. In June 2012, CCRP also recognised five veteran Jamaican Olympians, as a feature of its first Expo.
Partnering with CCRP to provide three of the prestigious Living Legacy Awards this year were Sagicor (Business and Community Development), National Commercial Bank (Justice) and BCIC (Agriculture and Community Development).
Other valued CCRP partners included exhibitors who showcased a range of products and services relevant for senior citizens, and indeed for all citizens. Jamaica Public Service had a fascinating array of the latest energy saving devices from its new E-Store. H.D. Hopwood showed pharmaceutical products. Facey Commodity exhibited food products for diabetics and GraceKennedy offered patrons health drinks and other welcome refreshments. Tastee and National Baking Company also provided snacks for guests.
CCRP Jamaica’s growing international links were highlighted by greetings from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), and a presentation by Edward Bushell, President of the Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP). The AARP sent hundreds of copies of two of its latest, very informative magazines. Mr. Bushell told CCRP members of the progress of BARP and its 33,000 members, and of its important linkages with sister organisations in the eastern Caribbean.
Serious advice on insurance and energy conservation was offered by presenter Simone Foote, Marketing Manager of BCIC and Jay McCoskey, Director, Customer Operations at JPS. Important findings of a recent study on ageing in Jamaica were shared by CCRP Chair Professor Denise Eldemire Shearer. Among other details, the Lifestyle Expo participants heard that Jamaicans are living longer, and that the majority of our older folk are functionally independent and able to take part in activities. However, chronic disease is increasing in the older population.
The Professor is the Director of the Mona Ageing and Wellness Centre, which had carried out the study whose findings she discussed. It involved a survey of more than 2,900 seniors over a one-year period. It funded by the National Health Fund.
On a lighter note, the CCRP Lifestyle Expo included spot prizes for audience members who answered questions correctly on the material presented: Hertz provided a coupon for complementary car rental in Florida, and BCIC provided a gift basket, as prizes. The gate prizewinner received a gift basket from FLOW. CCRP Board member Hermine Metcalfe served as a gracious emcee, with assistance from Dorett Linton, CCRP Coordinator. The CCRP was happy to welcome more than a dozen new members who signed up at the Expo, to join the over 700 existing members.
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.”
Contact: Dorett Linton, CCRP Coordinator