JC hon­ours ‘ti­tans of trans­for­ma­tion’

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Syranno Baines Gleaner Writer syranno.baines@glean­erjm.com

De­lano Mal­colm (left) and Neyli-Ann Scott show off their awards dur­ing the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion and the Child De­vel­op­ment Agency’s Ed­u­ca­tional Achieve­ment Awards Cer­e­mony, held last Thurs­day at the Terra Nova All Suite Ho­tel, St An­drew. Look­ing on is Ros­alee Gage-Grey, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Child De­vel­op­ment Agency. THREE STALWARTS who pi­loted the last decade of trans­for­ma­tion at Ja­maica Col­lege were last Wed­nes­day hon­oured by the in­sti­tu­tion.

R. Danny Wil­liams, Ruel Reid and Ian Forbes were the men on the podium at the JC Par­ent,m Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion in­au­gu­ral din­ner staged at The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus ho­tel, New Kingston.

Un­der the lead­er­ship of board chair­man Wil­liams in 2006, JC be­gan a strate­gic process of trans­for­ma­tion of the school’s fa­cil­i­ties, aca­demics and sports, in a bid to re­turn its for­mer glory.

It started with the swift ap­point­ment of Reid as prin­ci­pal, who had a vise-like grip on dis­ci­pline and ed­u­ca­tion, while boost­ing the sports port­fo­lio with the in­clu­sion of Forbes.

Ten years on­wards and JC boasts a plethora of fa­cil­i­ties, ac­co­lades and schol­ar­ships, namely: half a bil­lion dol­lars in in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ments (gym­na­sium, au­di­to­rium, staff apart­ments, among oth­ers), four­teen Un­der-19 school­boy foot­ball ti­tles, one boys’ cham­pi­ons and 31 schol­ar­ships worth J$3.5 mil­lion in 2015 alone.

Reid said: “I’m hon­oured that my hard work is be­ing recog­nised. JC has been an ex­tremely sup­port­ive fam­ily and that is the recipe to the suc­cess, part­ner­ship and team work.”

He fur­ther added: “I could not have done it with­out Danny Wil­liams and Ian Forbes. They have been my two most sig­nif­i­cant sup­port sys­tems.”

GREAT FEEL­ING

Asked about the sig­nif­i­cance of the oc­ca­sion, Forbes said: “It means a lot, I am truly hon­oured and hum­bled.” In re­la­tion to his role as chair­man of the Sports De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee of JC, he said: “I started way back. I at­tended JC and went back and taught phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and English.”

He fur­ther said: “Sports has trans­formed the lives of many young men and it is a great feel­ing, far greater than any money could make one feel.”

JC old boy and Pri­vate Sec­tor Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Ja­maica Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Den­nis Chung, said: “I think that it is very ap­pro­pri­ate. I was on the board when Danny was chair­ing, Ruel was there as prin­ci­pal and I’ve seen what Ian has done with sports. The lead­er­ship they have demon­strated has re­ally put JC back on the map.”

In en­sur­ing fu­ture ex­cel­lence, the ‘True Blues’ have al­ready drafted a strate­gic out­look for the next 10 years.

PATRICK PLANTER/ PHOTOGRAPHER

DARIEN ROBERTSON/FREE­LANCE PHOTOGRAPHER

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