Monday, July 21, 2014

Dynamic Spanish Ambassador Celsa Nuño leaves great memories

Ambassador Nuño with David Gomez
The numerous colleagues and friends who gathered last Wednesday to say farewell to Hon Celsa Nuño, Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica were of one voice as they spoke of this dynamic and distinguished lady. Hubie and I have special memories of her tour of duty. There was the wonderful concert featuring Spanish classical pianist David Gomez, the Immaculate Conception Orchestra and the Kingston College Choir, to support the renovation of the Holy Trinity Cathedral.  She established the Spanish-Jamaica Foundation as she advocated that Jamaican children should have Spanish as their second language, and offered awards to top Spanish teachers islandwide.  The Foundation recently furnished several classrooms in the Food for the Poor school furniture drive, and have provided thousands of books for schools. 

In spite of her demanding schedule, Ambassador Nuño made the time to connect with Jamaicans of all walks of life – you can imagine our delight when she showed up as a member of our local ‘Twitter family’ for a casual mingle at Devon House.  She spent a morning at the Edith Dalton James High School in Duhaney Park which had received the school furniture, urging the children to make the best of their opportunities and praising the work of Principal Ray Howell, his staff and students.

Digicel Foundation and Spanish-Jamaican Foundation sign MOU for literacy
Ambassador Nuño as she teamed up with Digicel Foundation to sponsor Education Enrichment carts
Then an unusual thing happened – she caught sight of my reserved husband Hubie at the back of the room (I was sitting at the head table as a Food for the Poor director) and lauded him for being so supportive, telling us how much she also appreciated the support of her husband Alex Crowther as they balanced official and family responsibilities.  Hubie so appreciated the unexpected kudos! 

These memorable moments can be created only by genuinely good people. We wish Ambassador Nuño and her family that age-old Jamaican salutation - “Walk good and come back soon!”  

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