Clarendon Leos secure the coast
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.