(L-R) **Ms. KAMILAH MCDONALD (Trailblazer Award Honoree)
**Ms. PATRICIA MESCHINO (Journalist Award Honoree)
**Ms. PATRICIA MCKAY (Media Award Honoree)
**Mr. ROY "DJ Roy" WALTERS (Media Award Honoree)
While the past two years 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 future. As human beings we have a spirit that is capable of withstanding stress, and we are learning how to adapt and adjust.
JIFINYC Women Empowerment Brunch
April 18, 2021
THE JAMAICA 60TH INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS
1962-2022! 60 years of hard work, achievements, greatness and excelling notably in education, sports, music, medicine, tourism, agriculture, international affairs, and fashion. This year JIFINYC has an array of activities planned starting April through December 2022.
The Jamaica Independence Foundation, Inc., is 501(c)(3) accredited not-for-profit/NGO and was established to manage the annual celebratory activities for Jamaica’s independence here in the Northeast region of the United States. Net proceeds from this and future events raised will go to supporting our charities.
Many thanks to our Diaspora for their assistance throughout the years.
JIFINYC - Executive Board, Directors and Committee Members
Ms. J.L. Brooks - President and Chair (Member Volunteer since 2001) https://www.lexybrooks.com/
Ms. S. Sylvain - VP/Chief Operating Officer (Volunteer since 2020)
Mr. A. Sang- Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer (Volunteer since 2020)
Ms. K. Perez - Secretary (Volunteer since 2022)
Mr. Roy "Gramps" Morgan - Director
Ms. A.M. Ferguson - Silent Auction and Associate Event Planner (Volunteer since 2021)
Ms. M. Sadler - Planning Committee & Fundraising Coordinator (Volunteer since 2021)
Mr. R. Lue - Entertainment and Production Advisor (Volunteer many 5+ years)
Mr. N. George - Entertainment (Volunteer since 2022)
Ms. N. Rose - Advisor
Mr. A. Noboa - Social Media & Marketing (Volunteer since 2022)
IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR MEMBERS WHO WENT TO SLEEP:
"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 ADVOCATE FOR AND ASSIST THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US, PLAGUED BY VIOLENCE AND ABUSE ________________________________________________________________________________
THE CELEBRATION Continues:
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). Our cause is to support charitable organizations that give aide to women in crisis, advocating for women, underserved communities and help with recovery 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.
The Jamaica Independence Foundation, Inc.
Jamaica’s Sixtieth (60th) Diamond Jubilee
GRAND BLACK-TIE BALL
Keynote Speaker , Honorees and Awardees
To be Announced Soon
Save the date:
Saturday, August 13, 2022
Crest Hollow Country Club
8325 Jericho Turnpike
Woodbury (Long Island), NY 11797
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dinner, Awards & Dancing
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
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.
ROSE TOWN FOUNDATION
The Rose Town Foundation was established in 2010 to assist in creating opportunities for residents of the Rose Town community to improve the quality of their lives through active participation in development programs that enhance their built environment, socio-economic status and community health.
THE MISSION To assist in creating opportunities for residents of the Rose Town community to improve the quality of their lives through active participation in development programs that enhance their built environment, socio-economic status and community health
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/
*The Most Honourable Andrew Michael Holness, ON, PC, MP*
Current 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
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