Christophe­r Barnes – Chair­man

Jamaica Gleaner - - OFC -

The PALS or­gan­i­sa­tion and the wel­fare of our fu­ture gen­er­a­tions were near and dear to his heart. Through The Gleaner, he con­tin­ued the sup­port of PALS even as it be­came more dif­fi­cult for the part­ners to raise the req­ui­site fund­ing to con­tinue the im­por­tant work of the or­gan­i­sa­tion. He be­lieved in and cham­pi­oned the long-term value that PALS’ work cre­ated de­spite ex­ist­ing in a fund­ing en­vi­ron­ment that of­ten re­wards and en­cour­ages short-term ef­forts, fre­quently re­sult­ing in un­sus­tain­able gains. That Oliver never backed down from a chal­lenge in­spires the or­gan­i­sa­tion to per­se­vere with its mis­sion of teach­ing con­flict res­o­lu­tion in in­ner-city com­mu­ni­ties. The vi­o­lence em­a­nat­ing from these com­mu­ni­ties due to the ab­sence of this im­por­tant life skill re­mains a for­mi­da­ble chal­lenge for our so­ci­ety to over­come. May his great legacy con­tinue on in those PALS has im­pacted pos­i­tively over years.”

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