Claren­don Leos se­cure the coast

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Ru­ral@glean­erjm.com ru­ral@glean­erjm.com Shanique Samuels Gleaner Writer ru­ral@glean­erjm.com

The for­mer ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer, prin­ci­pal, and teacher ex­plained: “I was born in Chapel­ton, Claren­don, but got my first job in St Mary, at Rich­mond Se­condary (now St Mary Tech­ni­cal High School) where I taught home eco­nom­ics for 25 years.

“For me, this new job is just about trans­fer­ring knowl­edge and ideas from one area to another. I wouldn’t say it’s been easy, but I’m get­ting there. I’m a ‘peo­ple per­son’ and be­cause of my ex­pe­ri­ences in the MoE, I am known to a lot of per­sons, which re­ally helps with my tran­si­tion and abil­ity to bring in new busi­ness.”

Look­ing ahead, Cunningham-John­son says the ho­tel will un­dergo fur­ther ren­o­va­tions in a bid to tap into new and undis­cov­ered mar­kets. “We’re con­stantly up­grad­ing and try our best to cus­tomise rooms, based on the guests’ re­quire­ments,” she con­firms.

“Casa Maria is the only ho­tel in Ja­maica fac­ing east, di­rectly into the cool trade winds with a nearly con­stant breeze blow­ing off the water, and so you’ll find that a lot of our guests don’t want any AC, they want the win­dows opened.

“There are no com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties nearby so the sound you hear mostly is the surf, which is good be­cause a lot of peo­ple just want some­where that’s re­lax­ing, peace­ful, quiet, and se­cure.” For more info, call 725-1005, 831-1107 or 509-0964, and visit www.casamari­aho tel.net. the love of learn­ing for me, which pro­vided an ed­u­ca­tional foun­da­tion, a con­stant and solid sup­port sys­tem with the love and care of teach­ers, fa­cil­ity and friends,” she said.

But­ler flew to Ja­maica to cel­e­brate her 45th birth­day and de­cided to start her cel­e­bra­tion ac­tiv­i­ties with the han­dover of the schol­ar­ships.

“I’ve had some life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ences th­ese past years and have been to some cross­roads and had to re-eval­u­ate my val­ues, my past, my fu­ture. I feel com­pletely blessed and want to be a bless­ing to oth­ers.”

She stated: “Some­times when we are gen­er­ous in small, barely de­tectable ways, we can change some­one else’s life for­ever.” Vol­un­teers show the amount of garbage col­lected last Satur­day dur­ing the 31st An­nual In­ter­na­tional Coastal Clean-up Day. ROCKY POINT, Claren­don: EQUIPPED WITH gloves, rakes, data cards and garbage bags, 40 vol­un­teers gath­ered at a small, se­cluded beach along the Rocky Point Port Road in Claren­don last Satur­day to par­tic­i­pate in the 31st An­nual In­ter­na­tional Coastal Clean-up Day co­or­di­nated by the Leo Club of Claren­don.

Pres­i­dent of the Claren­don Leo Club Tis­sona Ormsby said In­ter­na­tional Coastal Clean-up Day is a ma­jor cal­en­dar event for the club be­cause the group is very pas­sion­ate about en­vi­ron­men­tal preser­va­tion.

“It was ap­palling to see the con­di­tion that this coastal area was in, so we de­cided to take a step out­side of our com­fort zone to co­or­di­nate our own clean-up in­stead of as­sist­ing other or­gan­i­sa­tions, as we nor­mally do. This was made pos­si­ble through guid­ance and fund­ing from the Ja­maica En­vi­ron­ment Trust (JET),” she said

Ormsby told Ru­ral Xpress that she was pleased with the turnout and the re­sults of the clean-up. “Ini­tially, we were ex­pect­ing only 25 vol­un­teers to show up, but we nearly dou­bled our ex­pec­ta­tions. We have trans­formed this area into an oa­sis, thanks to the vol­un­teers who put their hands, heart and sweat into keep­ing our coast clean.”

Echo­ing sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments, vol­un­teer Tar­alace Far­quhar ex­pressed joy after see­ing the trans­for­ma­tion of the coast­line. “I joined this beach clean-up be­cause it is close to home and I like be­ing in­volved in ac­tiv­i­ties that will ben­e­fit so­ci­ety. It was cer­tainly sat­is­fy­ing to see the nat­u­ral beauty of the beach and port after ma­jor­ity of the garbage was re­moved,” she said.

In­ter­na­tional Coastal Clean-up Day has been co­or­di­nated glob­ally by the Ocean Con­ser­vancy since 1985 and lo­cally by JET since 2008. It is the largest one-day vol­un­teer event in the world and is also used to ed­u­cate per­sons about where our waste goes, and its im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

PHOTO BY SHANIQUE SAMUELS

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