More than 30 men who have been making stellar contribution to the community of Guy’s Hill, St Catherine, were on the receiving end of gifts and praise yesterday, November 19, in observation of International Men’s Day.
They event unfolded inside Guy’s Hill Town Hall under the auspices of Corporal Samantha Brown-Thompson, 2019 LASCO Top Cop and acting head of Guy’s Hill Police Station.
She told the gathering that the award ceremony is a reflection of the police’s commitment to being a ‘force for good’ in the community.
“My team and I have an appreciation for men who have made many sacrifices, worked very hard, and are committed to youth empowerment and community development,” she declared. “Therefore, the decision was made to host this award ceremony to honour such men in the community.”
The honourees are from diverse areas of society. They included members of youth clubs, taxi operators, police officers, members of the Guy’s Hill High School staff, business operators, as well as Justices of the Peace.
One of the awardees, Reverend Fitzroy Williams, who is also a Justice of the Peace, lauded the police for recognizing the men of worth.
He, in delivering the keynote address under the theme Opportunities For Men and Boys, claimed that organizations such as Government and the church have not been doing enough to help males in the society.
“All of us have a responsibility at some point or another in the life of a male person,” the clergyman opined. “Remember males weren’t born men; they were born boys – the same little boy you used to enjoy so much.”
Reverend Williams also lamented that, due to pressure from society, most men don’t even think about what it means to be a man.
“And even when men are interested in discussing such topics, they are often cautioned for fear of being perceived as politically incorrect and also being called in our culture a maama man,” he further told the gathering.
Reverend Williams saluted the men who have not ‘crumbled under these unreasonable expectations’ of how a man should live.
The Guy’s Hill men honoured are:
- Ishmael Wilson, described as a community all-rounder and developer
- Irvin Small, a Justice of the Peace who is said to be a community all-rounder
- Everette Martin, who plays an active part in community building and preservation
- Harrett Small, said to be a role model involved in community empowerment
- Linval Garricks, honoured for his dedication to providing services that enhance the quality of life through home improvement
- Members of the Springfield Youth Club (Junior Scott, Ryan Richards, Kenneth Martin and Desmond Tucker) for their contribution to community upliftment and nation building through youth empowerment
- Onis Bryan, honoured for community building and provision of excellent quality goods and services
- Donarth Walker, said to be involved in community building and the provision of excellent quality goods and services
- Peter Tenn, described as a man dedicated to providing services that enhance the quality of life through home improvement
- Raphael Soares, honoured for community building as well as contribution of excellent quality goods and services
- Lascell Byfield, said to be a community all-rounder, who contributes mainly through his years of service as an educator
- Lynworth Brown, President of the Springfield Youth Club who is also said to be a dedicated leader
- Melvin Dillon, said to be a reliable supporter in the fight against praedial larceny
- Lorne Haye, honoured for being a community team player who provides home development goods and services
- Dexter Samuel, said to be a role model who is never tired of sharing the life-changing word of God to the community
- Jeff Thompson, a nation builder who facilitates training in data operation or computer skills
- Reynaldo Davis, a young father who has a warm personality and is a true team player
- Kenneth George ‘Prezy’ Dilworth, honoured for being a community builder who displays a warm disposition and provides farming supplies
- William Graham, who shows concern for the youth and the elderly, and provides professional transportation services
- James Taylor, Dean of Discipline at Guy’s Hill High School who gives dedicated service in moulding young minds
- Kevin Sewell, Guidance Counsellor at Guy’s Hill High School who gives dedicated service in moulding young minds
- Fitzroy Williams, a devoted religious leader and counsellor
- Corporal Patrick McKenzie, described as a dedicated crime fighter, a role model, and an effective team player and leader who is committed to the fight against crime
- Constable Shawn Smith, said to be involved in community upliftment and empowerment
- District Constable Derrick Findley, described as an effective team player involved in community empowerment
- Constable Rohan Friginette, said to be an effective team player involved in community empowerment
- Constable Delroy Clarke, described as an effective team player involved in community empowerment
- Sergeant Delroy Dacres, said to be a role model, who also is an effective team leader and team player
- Horace Small, a Justice of the Peace described as a role model and community builder
The honourees, in the meantime, ended the formal portion of the awards ceremony with the cutting of a specially decorated cake.
The specially invited guests seen at the event included Sharon Haye-Webster, Custos of St Catherine Reverent McKenzie Jeffery, and Deputy Superintendent of Police Ilene Fearon-McKenzie.
By Horace Mills, Journalist
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