While the year that was 2020 immediately conjures words like “challenge”, “hardship”, and “crisis”, there are lessons to be learned that offer optimism, and important perspective as we embark on the futur As human beings we have a spirit that is capable of withstanding stress, we are learning how to adapt and adjust.
THE JAMAICA INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION
UNDER THE DISTINGUISHED PATRONAGE OF THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF JAMAICA IN NEW YORK
1962-2021! 59 years of hard work, achievements and excelling notably in sports, music, tourism, agriculture, and fashion. "Unmask 59 years of Jamaica's Greatest Achievements"
The Jamaica Independence Foundation, Inc; was established primarily to manage the annual celebratory activities for Jamaica’s independence here in the Northeast region of the United States. Net proceeds raised will support the following charities:
JIFINYC - Board Members and Committee Members
Hon. Consul General - Mrs. Alsion Wilson - Honorary Chair
Ms. J. Brooks - Executive Director and President
Mr. A. Sang- Director-CFO
Mr. Richard Lue - Entertainment and Production Committee
Ms. S. Sylvain - Vice President
Ms. M. Sadler - Secretary and Fundraising Committee
Ms. A. Blake - Advisory Committee
Ms. V. Gray - Legal Counsel and Advisory Committee
Ms. AM. Ferguson - Virtual Content Manager
Ms. N. Rose - Advisory Committee
IN LOVING MEMORY OF THOSE WE LOST:
"Mrs. Marie Walker" - Former Chair and Adviser, (rested with the angels July 2019)
"Ms. Marcia Sinclair" - Steering Committee and Advisor- Sales Relations Manager at the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) New York
(rested with the angels August 4, 2020)
"Mrs. Jean Pinnock Bryan", wife of former New York Consul General Ambassador Dr. Basil K. Bryan, a diligent fellow worker at activities and events staged to benefit the diaspora communities overseas. “Mrs. Bryan was a strong supporter of Penn Relays and the Jamaica Independence Balls in New York. She will be sadly missed. She is especially remembered for her work with and mentorship of Caribbean students at Howard University, where she served as guidance counsellor and later director of the Educational Advisory Center of the Howard University College of Arts and Science. (rested with the angels on May 25, 2020).
OUR PURPOSE IS TO ENSURE WE BENEFIT CAUSES:
Jamaica Independence Foundation, Inc celebration is about keeping our culture, values , morals, ancestry and heritage alive through praise and thanksgiving (with family and friends both at home and abroad). The purpose of our cause is to support charitable organizations in the United States and Jamaica, W.I., that support and further women's crisis issues through the creation of economic and social programs; to support amateur sports teams from Jamaica W.I, that compete in the United States and abroad and to help enhance education in our youths.
The Jamaica Independence Foundation, Inc.
Jamaica’s Fifty-Nine (59) Anniversary
Keynote Speaker , Honorees and Awardees
To be Announced
Save the date!
Dinner, Awards & Dancing
Featured Artists Coming Soon!
Black Tie Required
Founded May 26, 1978, Safe Horizon is the nation’s leading victim services agency. Each year, they empower more than 250,000 survivors of crime and abuse across New York City to find safety, hope and healing. They provide safety planning, emergency shelter, legal services, mental health treatments, phone and web chat-based counseling, and innovative programming to uniquely engage and support survivors in crisis.
They are proud to partner with New York City communities and many partner providers to help survivors and their children on their journeys from crisis to confidence. The Crisis Centre also offers short-term shelter to battered women.
"Jamaica's Promise" mobilize resources from Jamaicans both at home & abroad, and friends of Jamaica, for the purpose of alleviating the social conditions, lack of education and skill training on the Island. Inspired by America's Promise, a Colin Powell-led initiative in the United States, Jamaica's Promise targets young people between the ages of 0 to 25 who are unable to pursue their education or skill training due to economic challenges. www.japromise.org
Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for the most vulnerable populations in society. MSC began in 1978 as a home for children with disabilities on the outskirts of Kingston, Jamaica, and has expanded to Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. The majority of programs are dedicated to the residential care of children and adults with a range of developmental and physical disabilities. MSC also cares for children affected by HIV in Jamaica, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. MSC Jamaica manages a home for young mothers in crisis so that they have a place to transition safely into motherhood. The vision for each apostolate is to create a loving and caring environment to aid in the physical, mental, and spiritual development of more than 600 residents worldwide. https://www.mustardseed.com/
*Most Hon. Andrew Michael Holness, ON, MP*
Prime Minister of Jamaica
Recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award
*Most Hon. Edward Phillip George Seaga, ON, PC*
Former Prime Minister of Jamaica
Recipient of the Nation Builder Award at Jamaica Independence 55 in 2017
**In Loving Memory of our beloved Former Prime Minister
The Right Honorable Mr. Edward Philip George Seaga ON, PC . He was the fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica, from 1980 to 1989, and the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party from 1974 to 2005. He served as leader of the opposition from 1974 to 1980, and again from 1989 until January 2005.
*Mr. Patrick A. Ewing*
Head Coach, Georgetown University
Hall of Fame Basketball Player, NBA New York Knicks
Recipient of the Son of the Soil Legacy Award