Junior Achievement honours 2017 Champions at its Awards Banquet

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Junior Achievement Jamaica awarded organizations and teachers at their fifth annual Champions for Youth Awards Banquet and Silent Auction held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston. The awards recognized the top teacher in each parish as well as companies and institutions who were considered as the most impactful in helping Junior Achievement to reach its goal of empowering over 10,000 youth during the 2016-2017 period.


Guest speaker for the event, Ambassador Luis Moreno, who is also a former Junior Achievement Alumnus, commended the awardees for their commitment to helping JA Jamaica accomplish its mission.  He added that USAID was proud to be associated with the organization as its uses these projects to strengthen Youth development in Jamaica.


President of Junior Achievement Jamaica in outlining Junior Achievement’s pillar of financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness thanked the volunteers, partners, sponsors and Board Members for the support they delivered in strengthening JA programmes and the success of the organization to date.  This continued support will be required as the organization rolled out its JACE programme to grade 9 students in all high schools across the island.


Departing member of the Junior Achievement Executive Board and President & CEO of JPS, Kelly Tomblin was honoured with a citation for her contribution to the Board over the last three years.


The organizations awarded at the Banquet included CB Group,  Citibank, EY, OAS, Flow, Financial Services Commission (FSC), RJR/Gleaner Communications Group, Insurance Company of the West Indies (ICWI), Spanish Court, JPS Foundation, JMMB, HEART Trust NTA, Western Union Foundation and Scotiabank.


The teachers awarded were: Racquel Ambersley (St. James), Orlene Miller Campbell (Hanover), Kimoy Benjamin (Clarendon), Margaret Phillips (Kingston), Tamar Miles (St. Andrew),  Kerrion Palmer (Portland), Marvia Sutherland (St. Thomas), Careen James-Barnett (St. Catherine), Kishelle Williamson (St. Mary), Michelle Bennett (St. Ann), Orie Robinson (Manchester), Vernique Felix (Westmoreland), Marlene Linton (Trelawny) and Eugenia Collins (St. Elizabeth).


JA Jamaica gave the stage to its alumni to lead the event and recognize these individuals and organizations at the event.   

publish date: 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017