Build Expo for 2017 in Mon­tego Bay

Jamaica Gleaner - - TODAY -

par­ents were men­tors at the time when the word wasn’t so thrown around.”

The Kingston-born Chin-Loy Chang left Ja­maica at 17 to at­tend Ry­er­son and went on to the Canadian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (CBC) where she ex­celled, work­ing in var­i­ous po­si­tions in­clud­ing re­porter, pro­ducer and an­nouncer for CBC Ra­dio local and in­ter­na­tional ser­vices.

Other ca­reer high­lights in­clude be­ing a con­sul­tant with lead­ing US public re­la­tions firm Ruder Finn and Rot­man. The client? Ja­maica. In 1987, she headed the ra­dio arm of the Ja­maica In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice. ChinLoy Chang also trained jour­nal­ists in sev­eral English-speak­ing Caribbean coun­tries and Haiti and was a vis­it­ing lec­turer at the Univer­sity of the West Indies at CARIMAC. She re­turned to Canada around 2000,where her char­ity work re­ally blos­somed.

One re­cent Ja­maican project was build­ing the Lloyd’s Ba­sic School in St Thomas, a project un­der­taken by FFPC. The school is in her late hus­band’s hon­our. She also re­cently do­nated an award named for her par­ents, Lloyd and Daphne Chin-Loy, to the G. Raymond Chang School of Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion at Ry­er­son. Right now, she’s pre­par­ing for the CB Group/UWI 5K Run for which she is co-pa­tron. She will con­tinue to serve others in any way she can.

“Life is about mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in each other’s lives,” she said, not­ing it’s not just about writ­ing cheques. “It’s about giv­ing of your­self and then of your re­sources, (be­fore quickly adding with a smile) as Ray

would say.” Dwight Craw­ford WITH SIG­NALS on the hori­zon of a likely spurt in con­struc­tion projects, es­pe­cially along the north coast, a ma­jor Build Expo and Con­fer­ence, un­der the theme ‘Build the Fu­ture To­day’, is slated for the Mon­tego Bay Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in June of next year. It will at­tract mount­ing pri­vate-sec­tor and gov­ern­ment sup­port and will of­fer sub­stan­tial net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to par­tic­i­pants.

Prime Minister An­drew Hol­ness, in ref­er­ence to re­newed and con­sumer con­fi­dence in the is­land stated, “I am con­fi­dent that the event will be at the high­est global stan­dards and that there will be spe­cific fo­cus on the many pos­si­bil­i­ties for de­vel­op­ment through­out the is­land.”

Lead or­gan­iser for the event, Mon­tego Bay busi­ness­man Dwight Craw­ford, said, “The Build Expo & Con­fer­ence 2017 is com­ing to the Mon­tego Bay Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on June 9-11 and will be held in or­der to es­tab­lish a world-class Build Expo for Ja­maica and the wider Caribbean re­gion. We are ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing the in­dus­try, home­own­er­ship and prop­erty de­vel­op­ment; with em­pha­sis on clean, al­ter­na­tive en­ergy solutions and en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble prac­tices.”

The expo will present local, re­gional and in­ter­na­tional ex­hibitors of prod­ucts and ser­vices with the ar­ray of in­dus­tries con­nected to the build­ing and prop­erty de­vel­op­ment sec­tors. These in­clude fi­nance, hard­ware, fur­ni­ture and ap­pli­ances, ar­chi­tec­ture, land­scape and in­te­rior de­sign.

GLAD­STONE TAY­LOR/FREELAN CE PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Don­nette ChinLoy Chang ex­plains how she got in­volved in char­ity work. WORLD-CLASS EXPO

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