Simone is a highly-sought after motivational speaker. She was named the National Spokesperson for Caribbean American Heritage Month for June 2017. On June 9, 2017, she released Unstoppable: A Memoir of Adversity, Perseverance & Triumph, which is in development for film adaptation. On August 6, 2017, the Government of Jamaica conferred the national award, the Order of Distinction which is bestowed on citizens of Jamaica who have rendered outstanding and important service to Jamaica in their field.
Press Release: PRESS RELEASE Simone Edwards.pdf
The Jamaica Gleaner Weekly Newspaper – North America Edition Aug 3-9, 2017
You are invited to take part in this important survey, “Value of Jamaica’s Diaspora”, being conducted by the Jamaica Diaspora Institute and the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CAPRI).
It will take approximately ten minutes for you to complete the survey. The results will be shared at the upcoming Diaspora Conference, being held in Kingston, Jamaica, July 23 – 26, 2017. The results of the survey will assist in guiding the Jamaican government’s strategy for engagement with the Diaspora and to strengthen partnerships for Jamaica’s growth and development.
Please note that your name is not required and therefore your identity remains anonymous in this survey. Feel free therefore to be as open as you want to be.
Please pass on the survey to other Jamaicans
Join the Live online launch of the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference on Tuesday April 4, 2017. The Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness ON, MP will deliver the keynote address.
Watch the live stream at:
Please join to learn more about the national preparations for the conference in July of this year and why you should plan to attend!
Shows air Saturdays @ 2pm & Sundays @ 3pm on Hartford Public Access Television (HPATV) Channel 5. All shows can be accessed @ www.hpatv.org (no charge) via video-on-demand in the folder, ‘The Jamaica Diaspora Show’.
Link to Joan Pinnock, Esq. Interview;
Read the Press release at the link below;
Read the Economic proposal here:
| The CARICOM/CARIFORUM REVIEW COMMISSION INVITES PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS
The Commission to Review Jamaica’s Relations within the CARICOM and ACP Cariforum Framework (CARICOM Review Commission) is inviting the public to submit recommendations for members to the committee.
The submission should include the sender’s full name and contact information with an attached Word or PDF recommendation. Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before August 31, 2016.
Jamaica House Fellowship Programme
The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has introduced the Jamaica House Fellowship Programme to offer a number of exceptional Jamaicans the opportunity to grow professionally while contributing to national development.
Successful candidates are required to be tertiary-trained with at least a Bachelor’s degree and possess a strong track record of community service. Detailed information can be found on the Jamaica House Fellowship webpage at www.opm.gov.jm/jamaicahousefellowship.
A PhD research in economics is underway at the American University (Washington, DC), on the topic of “Integration of Caribbean immigrants into the US labor market.” The research is being led by a Caribbean-American representative.
The Embassy is supportive of initiatives such as this which seeks to obtain tangible data on Jamaican/Caribbean nationals and their involvement in various aspects of the U.S society. In this regard, we are requesting your kind support. If you are from Jamaica or are born in the US of Jamaican parents, we are kindly asking that you take a few minutes to fill out the short survey which can be accessed at the following link on your mobile, tablet or laptop: https://american.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_88MbcU7Pp0GqaYR
Only members of the diaspora who currently reside in the 21 states below can cast votes for Advisory Board Members in this region.
You MUST be a Jamaican
You MUST be over 18 years of age
You MUST currently reside in the West/Midwest Region USA
All votes will be verified.
Insure your telephone number and email address are correct and that you hit the word “done” at the end of the survey to submit your vote on Survey Monkey.
Your vote will be invalid (will not be counted) if it is found that:
1. You voted twice
2. You did not fully complete the survey
3. The voter resides outside of the West Midwest region
4. You are not a Jamaican
5. You are under the age of 18
6. Your vote is found to be otherwise dishonest
7. Your vote is an attempt to manipulate the voting system
You can cast your vote from any smart phone, iPad, tablet, laptop, computer, email, text message or from this newsletter using the survey monkey link below, as long as the internet is available and you are able to open the URL. Please vote once
The Survey Monkey link is : https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GXVHSZ7
You can open the link from here or you may cut and paste it into your internet address bar.
If a constituent does not have an email or internet service and wishes to vote, he/she may send their ballot by mail to:
C/O Marcia McBean – Election Coordinator
12260 SW 50rd St, suite 601B
Cooper City, Fl 33330
Mailed-in ballots Must be post marked May 15, 2015.
The mailed ballots must include:
a. Your chosen candidate
b. Your city of residents
c. Your state of residents
d. Your email address
e. Your telephone number
f. Your first and last name
Candidates are allowed to canvass
The winner by majority votes will be submitted to the Jamaican Ambassador to the United States in Washington DC and then appointed as Diaspora Advisory Board Member for the West/Midwest USA by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
Second place candidate will be Alternate Advisory Board Member for the West Midwest Region USA
The Three Candidates are as follows and not in any order of preference:
States included in constituency are:
Download Information packet at this link;
Fact Sheet_Biennial Diaspora Conference 2015
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), launched the Mapping Jamaica’s Diaspora Project on Tuesday, 10th June 2014, in Kingston. Similar launches have taken place in the United Kingdom and Canada, with plans afoot to carry out launches throughout the United States of America and in other locations where it is feasible to do so. Latin America and the Caribbean are key targets in this effort.
The Project, which will take place over an eighteen (18) month period, will be facilitated by way of an online survey tool housed on the following website: www.mapjadiaspora.iom.int. Following the completion of the Project, a database of Jamaicans overseas, their location, skills and interests, will be created. It is hoped that the completion of the survey by members of the Jamaican Diaspora, will enable the Government of Jamaica to more effectively engage these members of the extended Jamaican family.
Please note that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has advised that as at 10th July 2014, there have been One Hundred and Fifty (150) respondents to the Project’s General Survey, with respondents hailing from Malawi, South Africa, Australia and Europe among other locations. There were a total of two (2) responses to the Group Survey as of the same date. The aim is to have at least 100,000 persons completing the survey by the end of the eighteen (18) month period which began in December 2013.
Leo Gilling, Jamaican Diaspora Advisory Board Member for the West/Midwest Region of the US, announced today a new initiative which supports Jamaica’s Vision 2030 Goal as well as the recommendations that came out of the 2013 Diaspora Conference recently held in June. The Advancement in Education 2014 is a new project that has been endorsed by the Minister of Education Hon. Ronald Thwaites, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Hon. Arnaldo Brown, and the President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, Mr. Mark Nicely.
There will be two Education Summits hosted in Jamaica in February, 2014 as part of the Advancement in Education 2014 initiative. The first Education Summit will be held on Tuesday, February 18th at Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in Montego Bay, St. James. The second Education Summit will be held onThursday, February 20th at Cedar Grove Academy in Portmore, St. Catherine. Both summits will bededicated to highlighting the critical needs, limitations and strengths of the education system in Jamaica. They will also be used to identify the areas in which members of the Jamaican Diaspora in the US, Canada and Europe can be of most assistance.
The Advancement in Education Summit will include presenters from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ministry of Education, Jamaica Teachers Association, Joint Board of Teacher Education,Early Childhood Commission, other key organizations and members of the Jamaican Diaspora. The format of the Education Summit Meetings will include presentations from the various Ministries and institutions of higher education and stakeholders, followed by a question/answer session where the various organizations will field questions from principals, teachers, parents, students, the media and the general public. The event will be aired so that stakeholders will have immediate knowledge of the discussion topics and the recommendations and outcomes of the meetings. Following the Education Summit Meetings, The Advancement in Education 2014 team will reflect on the discussions, developdetailed recommendations and support the intended outcomes of this effort.
The Education Summit Meetings will also promote and enhance the work of other organizations and individuals of the Diaspora who have done tremendous work in Jamaica. It is hoped that partnerships will be built among the various regions of the Jamaican Diaspora with the Ministry of Education,Jamaica Teachers’ Association, Joint Board of Teacher Education, Early Childhood Commission andorganizations who have already established and maintained their contributory efforts to schools and their communities across Jamaica.
The Education Summit 2014 was developed out of collaboration with the Jamaica Awareness Association of California which conducted a Mini Summit in Montego Bay in June, 2013. The idea has mushroomed into a national plan so that all schools, colleges and universities can benefit from the potential outcomes of collaboration and the vision of bringing improvements to the overall system of education in Jamaica, throughout Jamaica and remain in line with Jamaica’s Vision 2030.
Advancements in Education: Education Summit 2014
Developing a Strategy for Engaging the Jamaican Diaspora and Friends
30 YEARS LATER
On October 19, 1983, the 4-year-old Grenadian revolution, the only Black revolution in the English speaking Western world, was effectively halted by an internal coup followed six days later by an American military invasion.The United Nations General Assembly condemned the invasion.
The ostensible reason for the incursion carried out under President Ronald Reagan, was to stabilize the country and save American students studying at an American offshore medical school in Grenada. The Reagan administration had been hostile to the revolution from its inception. Reagan’s expressed fear was that Cuba (helping Grenada build a new international airport) was erecting missile bases in Grenada and supporting a socialist government in the country.
In spite of Grenada’s best efforts to normalize relations between the two countries, the United States government refused to meet with leaders of Grenada’s People’s Revolutionary Government.
REMEMBERING AND REVISITING THE GRENADA REVOLUTION
OCTOBER 12, 2013 1-4 PM
LeConte Hall, Room 1
(Just East of the Campanile Esplanade)
Kathy Sloane, Free Lance Photographer
Kathy Sloane’s photographs are the only remaining archive of images made in Grenada during its revolutionary period. The rest were destroyed during the American invasion. Sloane worked in Grenada for UNICEF, and under the People’s Revolutionary Government for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Agriculture and The Department of Tourism in 1982 and 1983.
Laurie Lambert, Assistant Professor African American and African Studies
University of California at Davis
Lambert is a native of Grenada. Her recent dissertation, Worlds Real and Invented: The Grenada Revolution and the Caribbean Literary Imaginary , traces the transnational scope of the Grenada Revolution, analyzing the ways in which literature and techniques of narration are used to amplify and concretize the impact of small island political culture on the entire Caribbean and African Diaspora.
Eugene “Gus” Newport, Mayor of Berkeley 1979-1986
Long time activist and currently national consultant in Community Development
Under Newport, Berkeley hosted Grenadian PRG Government ministers in Berkeley in 1982 and 1983.
In 1990, The Grenada Foundation sent him to Grenada as part of a delegation to observe the elections.
Don Rojas, Communications Director,The Praxis Project
During the Revolution (1979-1983) Rojas was the press secretary to Prime Minister of Grenada, Maurice Bishop. In the ensuing 30 years he has served as the first Communications Director of the NAACP, Media Manager for Oxfam America, Executive Editor of the New York Amsterdam News and General Manager of the Pacifica Radio station WBAI.
Sponsored by Dr. Hardy Frye and the African American Studies Department
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Just recently I returned home from the Jamaica Diaspora conference held in Montego Bay from June 16-19; with a “day of service” by diaspora representatives on June 20, 2013. I am inviting you for a complete wrap-up session to be held by tele-conference on Sunday June 30, 2013 @ 1pm PT. To get into the tele-conference, please dial (605) 477 2100; your pass code is 163770 to enter. Once you enter, announce yourself and your State of residence.
I am looking forward to hearing from you; your questions, comments, updates etc. will be important in helping us forward. You may find an opportunity for investment in Jamaica or a way to give back to your home country. Hear it all on this line first. See you then.
Advisory Board Member
West/Midwest Region USA
The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is preparing its second Medium Term Socio-Economic Policy Framework (MTF) 2012-2015. The new MTF 2012-2015 will define the priority national outcomes, strategies, programmes and targets for the next three years of implementation of the Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan.
The PIOJ wishes to involve the Jamaican Diaspora in the planning process as far as possible. To this end, it has designed a short online questionnaire that it wants members of the Diaspora to complete.
The link to the online survey is:
General information on Vision 2030 Jamaica is also available at the following website:
Concerned Members of the Clergy in the Jamaican Diaspora of the USA, Canada and the UK
In Association with
Intercessory Prayer Ministry International
Sixth Annual Jamaican Diaspora Day of Prayer and Fasting
For Renewal and Transformation of Jamaica
Monday, August 2, 2010
This Annual Prayer initiative encourages Jamaican Christians and Friends of Jamaica in the Diaspora to fast and pray during the day, then participate in an inter-prayer service for the island of Jamaica. For more about this event visit: http://www.goipmi.org/diasporaday/
For a list of the various church venues in the United States, Canada and the UK visit: http://www.goipmi.org/centers/
For a live broadcast of the 7:30 PM DST service from Beulah Church of The Nazarene in Brooklyn visit: http://www.goipmi.org/tv/
To view or print copies of the flyer about the event at Beulah Church of the Nazarene visit: http://www.goipmi.org/flyer/
Supported by the Governor General of Jamaica and the Consul General of Jamaica, New York
To read their messages please visit: http://www.goipmi.org/messages/
Thanks to our Sponsors:
Thank you for your interest in the upcoming Jamaica Diaspora US Conference to be held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL Oct 2 – 4, 2009.Â Registration forms are due by Mon, Sep 7th, 2009. If you wish to register, please mail or fax your registration forms to the phone number and address on the registration form.Â Registration forms may be downloaded here.
Friends of Trelawny to Stage 26th Annual Reunion Weekend in New York.
Derrick A Scott Washington DC
Plans are in high gear for the staging of the Friends of Trelawny Association Inc. (FOTA ) 26th Annual Weekend to be held May 23rd â€“ 26th in New York .
The reunion which brings together members of the Trelawny community residing in the United States , Canada , United Kingdom and Australia this year will showcase the myriad of developments now occurring and those scheduled for later within the parish of Trelawny.
The weekend activities will commence with the annual Dinner/Dance on Friday, May 23rd at the Holiday Inn JFK in Jamaica , New York . U.S. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and Falmouth â€™s mayor Junior Gager and Dr. Patrick Harris Member of Parliament for North Trelawny will be special guests.
On Saturday, May 24th Trelawny will be on display when FOTA will stage the Trelawny Expo & Symposium at the JFK Holiday Inn Grand Ballroom with its theme â€œTrelawny Sailing to Successâ€ at 9:00 A.M.
Tourism Minister Ed Barlett will declare the Expo officially open. According to this yearâ€™s Expo director Paul Earle, the hotel ballroom will be converted into a Jamaica/Trelawny exhibition center. Mr. Earle outlined that the displays will include The Hampden Wharf Development, Harmony Cove, Jamaica Tourist Board, Jamaica Trade & Invest (JTI), Elmira Duncanâ€™s Bay Housing Development, Grace Kennedy, Western Union , and Jamaica National. Mr. Earle also emphasize that the committee is still accepting additional exhibitors, who he say will have an opportunity to showcase their products and business opportunities to the expected large turnout of not only Jamaicans, but other interested investors who are invited by the organization.
Later that afternoon, Jamaica Trade and Investment will hold a Trade and Investment seminar. Panelist will include Minister of Tourism Ed Bartlett, will highlight the governmentâ€™s approach to the development and the role of the Jamaica Diaspora; Scotia Bank Group of Jamaica CEO Bill Clarke, will offer his assessment from the private sector and how his company will play a pivotal role in future developments; Famouthâ€™s Mayor Junior Gager, Member of Parliament Dr. Patrick Harris, and representatives from the Port Authority.
The weekend will come to a close on Sunday, May 26th with the staging of the 26th Annual Trelawny Reunion Picnic at the Rockland County State Park in Nyack , New York . The picnic is said to be the largest gathering of any group of Jamaicans residing overseas. Last year the State Park police estimated over 6000 persons were in attendance. According to the chairman of FOTA Patrick Beckford the picnic is expected to attract just over 8000 former residents and friends of Trelawny.
For more information folks can email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone Derrick Scott (202) 316 -9262 and Tomlin Anderson (347) 581-2320.
The Jamaican Diaspora Southern United States proudly presents â€œShaping Our Future: One Aim, One Destiny.â€
This free, one day Jamaica Youth Forum, geared toward South Florida high school and college students, seeks to enlighten and engage our young leaders in discussion relevant to their success in the U.S. and abroad. Registration is free and is now available online at http://www.realvibez.com/jamaicayouthforum.
The Forum will be held at the University of Miami on Saturday, April 12, from at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This yearâ€™s events will be streamed LIVE on the internet and will be broadcasted at http://www.realvibez.com/jamaicayouthforum/live.
Engaging forum discussion topics include Making an Impact, Building Relationships, and Cultural Identity and a dynamic welcome address will be provided by Mr. Ricardo Allicock, Consul General of Jamaica, and Attorney Marlon Hill.
“As an immigrant community adjusting to life in the United States, we face unique challenges and issues. This Forum is intended to expose these issues not only for the young people, but also for the parents and caregivers. Technology will help to broaden the conversation to a wider audience in the Diaspora,” stated Marlon Hill, Jamaican Diaspora Advisory Board Member for the Southern United States.
Noted panelists will include Dr. Lloyd Cohen, President of the Jamaican Association of Miami-Dade Educators, David Mullings, Co-Chair of Jamaica Youth Forum and CEO of Realvibez Media, Dr. Percy Ricketts, Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Scott Hamilton, FIU Student advisor and mentor, and Kelliann McDonald, founder of the Jamaican-American Student Association (JAMSA) at the University of Florida.
Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided courtesy of community partners such as Jamaica National, Dr. Jarrettâ€™s Wellness Center, and Western Union/Grace Kennedy.
“We are now in full immersion of an internet generation. We have a great opportunity to share this conversation on important issues both here in the United States and abroad. We welcome all interested parties to register online and attend the Forum,” added Mr. Mullings.
All interested parties are invited to contact the host committee at email@example.com, or visit http://www.realvibez.com/jamaicayouthforum to register online.
ABOUT THE DIASPORA: The Jamaican Diaspora includes all Jamaican nationals and persons of Jamaican heritage, their family and friends, who reside overseas around the world, including the Southern United States. The Jamaican Diaspora Movement is a historic opportunity to unite and galvanize all Jamaicans, their talents, resources, and potential throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and around the world for the benefit of their local communities and the future development and support of Jamaica.
For more information on the Jamaican Diaspora Southern United States – Call: (786)349-2584 in the U.S. â— (876) 621-0102 in Jamaica â— Facsimile: (786) 551-0785 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson to be honored at Caribbean American Heritage celebration in Northern California
Oakland, CA â€“The Northern California Caribbean American Heritage Month Committee and the Kerosene Lamp Foundation will host the second annual Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebration at the City Hall Rotunda on June 10th at 3 p.m. The Most Honorable P. J. Patterson, ON, PC, QC, recently retired Prime Minister of Jamaica will deliver the keynote address: “Caribbean American Global Leadership: Our Time, Our Vision, Our Role” and in tribute will be presented with the Caribbean American Legacy Award.
In 2006 the White House signed legislation championed by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) designating June as national Caribbean American Heritage month. Lee proclaimed “Their history is interwoven with ours and should be recognized and celebrated.”
Percival Noel James Patterson affectionately known as â€œPJâ€ is suitably qualified to be honored given his commitment, work and impact in the Caribbean region. He served as Head of Government of Jamaica for fourteen unbroken years or four consecutive terms, an unprecedented record in Jamaican electoral history, before retiring from active politics in March 2006. He remains the most enduring and successful democratically elected global leader who is of the African Diaspora and specifically emerges from the Caribbean.
He served as chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for four terms and lead the Regional Body toward the enrichment of the Caribbean jurisprudence through the establishment of the Caribbean Court of Justice.
He was instrumental in establishing the mechanisms that resulted in the evolution of the Caribbean Free Trade Area into CARICOM; And in the crafting of the Grande Anse Declaration which established the framework for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy.
He chaired the CARICOM Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on External Negotiations since its inception and is credited for developing a unified negotiating position of CARICOM countries in the International arena.
He served as Chair of the Group of 15 developing nations (G-15), Group of 77 & China (G77)
Caribbean American Heritage Month celebrations will be held all across the country. The Northern California Celebration will be held at the Rotunda Building at City Hall, 300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, California 94612 on Sunday, June 10, 2007, 3:00 – 6:00 pm. The reception promises to be an intimate evening celebrating local, national and international individuals with special Legacy Awards to Congresswoman Barbara Lee, The Most Honorable PJ Patterson and Dr. Claire Nelson. Local community awards will also be given to Val Serrant and Jackie Artman and tributes will be paid to Shirley Chisholm and other notable leaders. This event is sponsored by CBTV1, Jumbi Productions, Beaumont and Associates and the Jamaica Association of Northern Calfornia.
For more information contact: Shorron Levy @ (510) 382-1400, email@example.com or Darrin Thurman @ (510) 910-4038, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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