Op­por­tu­nity fair opens eyes of Cam­bridge res­i­dents

Jamaica Gleaner - - WESTERN FOCUS - Christo­pher Thomas Gleaner Writer

Lance-Cor­po­ral An­dre Gor­don (right) and Cor­po­ral Sadie-Ann Bar­rett (sec­ond right), of the Ja­maica Fire Bri­gade, show­case their or­gan­i­sa­tion’s equip­ment and in­for­ma­tion pam­phlets for res­i­dents of Cam­bridge, St James, perus­ing their booth dur­ing an op­por­tu­nity fair held in the com­mu­nity re­cently. The fair was held by the Cam­bridge TriS­tar Youth Club in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the So­cial De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion, and spon­sored by the Span­ish-Ja­maican Foun­da­tion, with the aim of ed­u­cat­ing at­ten­dees about or­gan­i­sa­tions with which young peo­ple may seek job op­por­tu­ni­ties, and also how to make them­selves pre­sentable for the job market. RES­I­DENTS OF Cam­bridge in St James were re­cently ex­posed to po­ten­tial em­ploy­ment prospects and given lessons on how to make them­selves mar­ketable, dur­ing an op­por­tu­nity fair, which was hosted by the Cam­bridge Tri-Star Po­lice Youth Club.

The fair, which was the first of its kind in the com­mu­nity, was held in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the So­cial De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion. It was spon­sored by the Span­ish-Ja­maican Foun­da­tion.

Or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Peace Man­age­ment Ini­tia­tive, the Child De­vel­op­ment Agency, the Con­sumer Af­fairs Com­mis­sion, the Ru­ral Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Author­ity, the Ja­maica Fire Bri­gade, and the Blood Bank were on hand with in­for­ma­tion booths and dis­plays,.

Caro­line Wright, the public re­la­tions of­fi­cer for the Cam­bridge Tri-Star Po­lice Youth Club, said the fair was also used to pro­mote the com­mu­nity as a safe one for per­sons to live in and do busi­ness.

“We came to­gether and de­cided to do this event for the com­mu­nity, be­cause we want our com­mu­nity to be a bet­ter place and a safe haven for per­sons to come and be a part of,” said Wright.

“The fair is the first of its kind ... . As a youth club, we have not de­cided how of­ten to hold it as yet, so we just want to see how this one works in or­der to do oth­ers,” added Wright.

Vanessa Meg­goe, project man­ager for the Span­ish-Ja­maican Foun­da­tion, said that the op­por­tu­nity fair in Cam­bridge co­in­cided with the Foun­da­tion’s se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties for its 10th an­niver­sary celebration.

“The rea­son we are spon­sor­ing this event is be­cause it is our 10th an­niver­sary, and we have sev­eral 10th an­niver­sary projects ... . For each project, we give $100,000, and they are com­mu­nity-based projects, and this is one of them,” said Meg­goe.

“We gave the money to put on this op­por­tu­nity fair be­cause we wanted to give the per­sons in the com­mu­nity a chance to see what ser­vices are out there, and what chances they have for em­ploy­ment. So we are very proud to spon­sor this event this year,” Meg­goe.

PHOTO BY CHRISTO­PHER THOMAS

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