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JFJ Welcomes New Executive Director – Ms. Mickel Jackson

Mickel’s development and philanthropic career span more than a decade. She has performed leadership roles in program areas such as human rights, HIV and AIDS, youth, and education development. Mickel has secured funding from and worked for projects funded by various donor agencies, including Global Fund, Global Affairs Canada (formerly CIDA), USAID and PEPFAR as well as government and private funders. She possesses extensive experience and proven expertise in external relations, strategic analysis and planning, organizational development, curriculum development and assessment, and resource mobilization. Prior to joining JFJ, she was a senior manager with Jamaica AIDS Support for Life and has worked for the Council of Voluntary Social Services/United Way of Jamaica.

JFJ's new Executive Director, Ms. Mickel Jackson

Nicola Madden-Greig Receives Order of Distinction

KINGSTON, Jamaica  – Nicola Madden-Greig, Group Director of Marketing & Sales at The Courtleigh Hospitality Group, was conferred the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Officer as part of Jamaica’s National Honors and Awards for 2021. The current president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), former president of the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA), and the only two-time winner of JHTA’s President’s Award, Mrs. Madden-Greig was honored with an Order of Distinction in recognition of her contributions to the establishment of the Jamaica brand on the world stage.

The Esteemed Group Director of Marketing & Sales at Courtleigh Hospitality Group was honored for her contributions to the establishment of the Jamaica brand on the world stage.

First Jamaican-American Miami-Dade Commissioner

The first Jamaican-American elected to Miami-Dade’s Board of County Commission, Danielle Cohen Higgins, who won an uncontested seat for District 8 in December 2020, is seeking a full term in the 2022 contest. In the meantime, Cohen Higgins is working hard to create balance and equity for her constituents.

Hamilton — “It’s Storytelling With a Mixture of What the Law Says”

It’s not just his 30 years of experience as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, the success of the law practice, Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, LLP (HM&B), he founded with two colleagues in 2006, or the national and industry accolades he has received. Attorney Jerry D. Hamilton says it all boils down to authenticity and know how.  

Attorney Jerry D. Hamilton

Modernizing Jamaican Heroes

Many Jamaicans may know the names of the country’s 7 national heroes. But, do they know why they are so celebrated? When they look at the dull grey pictures of the heroes, are they inspired to learn more? Probably not.

Sonshine Communications Receives the National Minority Marketing and Communication Firm of the Year Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency

MIAMI, FL - One of Bernadette Morris’ key mantras adopted for this year is “Reimagining Opportunity and Building Back Better, Together.” The savvy CEO of Sonshine Communications is definitely on the right track, as her firm recently received the National Minority Marketing and Communication Firm of the Year Award by the U.S. Department of Commerce and its Minority Business Development Agency. With a theme of “Reimagining Opportunity,” the award pays tribute to a minority-owned firm who has achieved notable success in the marketing and communications industry by demonstrating creativity and impact.

Lukkee Chong Proudly Jamaican

Those of us who used to fly on Air Jamaica, the island’s national airline, one of the highlights of the journey was watching Island Stylee, the in-flight travel magazine show that welcomed us onboard. The visions of Caribbean destinations, cultural events, fashion and lifestyle was truly the beginning of our holiday. The man behind those welcoming scenes was video and television producer, Lukkee Chong. But, one could say Chong ‘buck up’ on the industry.

Trinidad and Tobago-born, Acclaimed Architect Mark Raymond Joins the Dialogue for Development at the Museums Association of the Caribbean Conference.

Washington, D.C. - As the world continues to grapple with the effects of Covid-19 and countries and industries attempt to pivot, in a bid to regain some semblance of normalcy, the Caribbean region, too, is effectively and strategically embarking on hosting meaningful dialogue. On November 3, 2021, Trinidad and Tobago-born architect and educator Mark Raymond joins a distinguished group of Caribbean museum professionals to provide the keynote to discuss cultivating resiliency and what it means during a global health crisis. Though virtual, this year's Museums Association of the Caribbean Conference(MAC) will see Raymond connect with intellectuals from over 15 Caribbean countries as they weigh in on MAC's theme of "Cultivating Resilience in Museums and Cultural Heritage Sites." His experience and knowledge in a wide range of areas related to architectural education, in addition to his intellectual capabilities as a lecturer in the field, position Raymond astutely within this meeting of like minds. Raymond is the current Director of the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Attendees can register for the conference at https://caribbeanmuseums.com/maccon2021/.

Partners For Youth on a Mission!

FT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA:  - “Growing up in today’s environment, our youth face so many complex challenges in life, unlike the days of innocence when the older generation grew up!” So said newly installed Chairman of the Partners For Youth Foundation (PFY) Steve Higgins, as he delivered his address at the induction ceremony of the new PFY board at the picturesque Plantation Preserve Golf & Country Club on Saturday August 14th 2021.

L-R Incoming Chairman Steve Higgins, Board Member Rosemarie Lewis, Honorable Jacqueline Powell - Judge of the 17th Judicial District of Florida and Vice chair Eddy Edwards. Photo credit: Uriah Bennett

First Jamaican-American Miami-Dade Commissioner

The first Jamaican-American elected to Miami-Dade’s Board of County Commission, Danielle Cohen Higgins, who won an uncontested seat for District 8 in December 2020, is seeking a full term in the 2022 contest. In the meantime, Cohen Higgins is working hard to create balance and equity for her constituents.

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