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Forging greater partnerships and networks J

AMAICA IS pleased to welcome the Kiwanis Eastern Canada and Caribbean (EC&C) District to our shores for the staging of the annual convention. Through your vision and objective of world improvement, our present and future generations are assured of being impacted by the goodwill and work of Kiwanis in becoming effective and forward-thinking leaders in their communities and on the international stage. For decades, the work of Kiwanis in Jamaica has embodied the principles and practices of humanitarian outreach,

building one child, one person, one community at a time and thereby certainly creating a ripple effect that will impact social and community development.

This year’s convention will once again set the stage for all stakeholders, in particular, those involved in business, community, youth empowerment and development, to forge greater partnerships and networks. It will also provide leadership training for those who will be elevated to the forefront of this noble organisation of service and volunteerism and reward those who have toiled selflessly in the past. Most importantly, it will create over four days a perfect environment for the sharing of critical ideas on the way forward in and around our

respective Caribbean countries. As regional neighbours, we share so many of the same characteristics, yet each of us has our own fair share of unique qualities and differences in the social, economic and developmental landscape of our countries.

DEVELOPMENT TEMPLATE Kiwanis has created a template for the development of youth at as early as the elementary level with the K-Kids Club all the way through to the tertiary level and beyond via the Circle K and Aktion clubs. They have also been instrumental in the rebirth and restoration of many youths who had either given up on or lost their way in life. Many of those youths have

not only been rescued, but are now helping to rehabilitate others in a similar situation. I implore all concerned to look at workable and feasible solutions geared towards the youth and focus attention on the possibilities not yet fully explored. Let me express my commendation and appreciation for the work of the Kiwanis EC&C District and the wider Kiwanis community. I anticipate the positive influence, fellowship and results this year’s convention will produce on behalf of our nation’s youths. ANDREW HOLNESS ON, MP Prime Minister

Proud to be playing host IT GIVES me great pleasure to extend a warm welcome to the large number of Kiwanians visiting Jamaica from Canada, as well as 16 other Caribbean islands, for the Kiwanis Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District Convention. We are proud to be playing host to this important gathering of humanitarians and even more proud that it is being held in our Second City – Montego Bay. The work that you do is truly invaluable. I sincerely commend you for the impact you have made in developing our communities and for the contribution you have ultimately made to nation-building. As minister of tourism, I have made it my duty to ensure that we are constantly strengthening our tourism 10

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product by way of expanding the range of attractions we have and increasing the room stock. We have also been placing particular focus on appealing to niche markets to attract more visitors by appealing to their passion

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Welcome Kiwanians and their guests to our tourism capital

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OR THE very first time, the city of Montego Bay will play host to the Kiwanis Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District Convention. During May 17-19, our work and achievement as a district will be celebrated with more than 500 Kiwanians and guests from 18 countries. I am pleased as governor of the district to welcome Kiwanians and their guests to our tourism capital. Kiwanis district conventions are held annually to elect new leaders and to educate, engage and empower our members to be better Kiwanians in our mission of serving the children of the world. Worldwide, the Kiwanis

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points. We have placed special focus on targeting millennials and humanitarians like you through the areas of volunteerism, marathons and other events that bring people together and have a component of public good. The importance to any destination of hosting major events like Kiwanis Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District Convention is tremendous. As we continue to diversify our tourism product, my ministry is also seeking to position Jamaica as a premier meeting, incentive, convention and exhibition destination. I was very pleased to learn that you have chosen the Montego Bay Convention Centre, which is now managed by the Ministry of

neonatal tetanus around the world. Here in Jamaica, the Kiwanis movement has flourished for 54 years, and there are more than 63 clubs across the island. Every day, members dedicate their time, talent and treasure to plan and execute projects to help children and the less fortu-

nate. In February, I had the pleasure of visiting the Bustamante Hospital for Children to have a first-hand look at some of the amazing work Kiwanians do with the children. It made me very proud to be a Jamaican Kiwanian. So as you learn and fellowship over the next few days,

take some time to enjoy the culture and beauty of Jamaica! Welcome to my island home! One Love. ROBERT ‘BOBBY’ MOO YOUNG Governor 2017-2018 Eastern Canada & Caribbean District Kiwanis International

movement continues to save lives through strategic partnerships with organisations like UNICEF. As at the end of January 2018, Kiwanians has raised approximately US$110 million in cash and pledges to eliminate maternal and

Tourism, as your event venue. As you may know, it is the largest meeting facility in the English-speaking Caribbean and has been positioned as a key fulcrum around which knowledge-based tourism activities in the country will revolve. I am sure the organisers have prepared a wonderful programme for you, but I encourage you to also take some time to enjoy Jamaica, visit our beautiful attractions, and get to know our warm and welcoming people. Wherever you go, you will encounter a special brand of Jamaican hospitality. I have no doubt the island’s natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere will facilitate the exchange of ideas and the meeting of minds at your event. EDMUND BARTLETT, CD, MP Minister of Tourism KIWANIS FEATURE | SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2018

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Providing steadfast service for the past 54 years As a foundation, we know I that because of Kiwanis and

TAKE great pleasure in welcoming all delegates and observers from Jamaica and other countries in the Eastern Canada and Caribbean District of Kiwanis International to this 2018 District Convention being held in Montego Bay,

Jamaica. I hope that your visit and participation in the convention will further strengthen the commitment to change our world one child and one community at a time. It is also my hope that you will enjoy the warmth and hospitality of

the great work done daily by its members, someone will have enough to eat tonight. Someone will have decent clothes to wear. Someone’s child will be able to attend school.

the Jamaican Kiwanians and people in general. The Kiwanis Foundation of Jamaica (KFJ) is firm in its commitment to facilitate the growth and strengthening of Kiwanis clubs in Jamaica. The movement in Jamaica has been providing steadfast service for the past 54 years, and many lives have been changed due to the great work done. In supporting our clubs, the foundation has been providing funding annually for Young Children Priority One projects and recognising the work of outstanding Kiwanians in our various divisions.

EXPOSURE AND TRAINING In addition to these funding and recognition programmes, another important aspect of the foundation’s work is to provide exposure and training to Kiwanians in areas such as project planning and proposal writing. These types of capacitybuilding programmes are important in sustaining longterm maintenance of the Kiwanis movement, as well as sustaining the human and social fabric of society. It is quite clear to us that 12

Kiwanis must play an even more impactful role in building Jamaica. We hope to continue to influence the zeal and enthusiasm of the Kiwanian members towards this great work they do in Jamaica.

IMPACTING LIVES As a foundation, we know that because of Kiwanis and the great work done daily by its members, someone will have enough to eat tonight. Someone will have decent clothes to wear. Someone’s child will be able to attend school. Someone will have shelter. Someone will receive medical care. Someone will learn the fundamentals of being a leader. Someone will learn the skills they need to survive and succeed. Someone knows that there’s at least one person in this world who cares. The theme of this year’s convention, ‘Love the Vibes, Share the Spirit, Live the Experience’, seeks to combine the vibrant experience of Kiwanis with the upbeat outlook of life in Jamaica. I encourage all our visitors to look at the projects and programmes that have been executed in meeting the

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objectives of the movement. Indeed, Kiwanis in Jamaica has progressed because of the very positive and enthusiastic attitude that the nearly 3,000 members have displayed in performing their duties. Kiwanians have not only embraced the six objects of Kiwanis International as the blueprint to guide their operations, but have adopted them as a natural way of life. The recognition given by Kiwanis International to the work of clubs in Jamaica is a source of great pride. This type of performance will only be sustained by the skill and vibrancy of the members and, very importantly, the increased capacity of the leaders. Thus, as the KFJ continues to assist in building the capacity of our Kiwanians, we know that the movement will continue to grow, advance and improve the services to our communities. This world is a better place because you volunteered to be a Kiwanian, and the KFJ is sincerely thankful for it. May you all have a successful convention. DISTINGUISHED PRESIDENT CHRIS ROBINSON President of Kiwanis Foundation of Jamaica


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Welcome to Montego Bay F

OR THE last few months, Kiwanians in Jamaica have been actively involved in a plethora of planning and promotional activities centred around hosting the 2018 convention of the Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District of Kiwanis International. Our hard-working host committee is extremely delighted that the time is finally here to welcome our guests to beautiful Montego Bay and to the Montego Bay Convention Centre, the Caribbean’s leading meetings and conference centre. Delegates from across Eastern Canada, The Bahamas, Curaçao, Antigua, Grenada, Aruba, Barbados, Dominica, Suriname, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St

Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, and, of course, Jamaica will truly experience the beauty of Montego Bay while doing business, having fun, and rendering altruistic service.

DYNAMIC PACKAGE We have put together informative forums, dynamic and inspirational speakers, and great entertainment showcasing the diversity of Jamaica’s rich culture. When not on the convention floor, we know our visitors will enjoy our beautiful beaches, warm and friendly people, and iconic attractions. For 103 years, Kiwanis has been a vibrant global organisation that changes people’s lives for the better. Here in Jamaica, for the last 54 years, Kiwanis has been a very visible and

valuable element of the social fabric of volunteerism that benefits the entire community. An important component of this year’s convention will be reaffirming our commitment to service as we join hands and hearts to complete our district project, The Howard Cooke Resource & Learning Centre. We are sure of one thing: #KidsneedKiwanis! The execution of the convention and district project has been made possible because of the kind support of both private- and public-sector organisations. Your donations serve to further confirm the importance of the service Kiwanians do for our communities. We thank you. I invite you all to ‘Love the Vibes, Share the Spirit, and Live the

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Experience’ in beautiful Montego Bay as our host team makes this convention one participants will remember for a long time to come. DISTINGUISHED LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR LISA GOLDING Convention Host Committee Chairman

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Highlights of the work of Kiwanis in Jamaica K

IWANIS IS a global organisation of member-volunteers who are dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. The Eastern Canada and Caribbean (EC&C) District is one of the largest and

most diverse of the 50 districts that comprise the Kiwanis family. Stretching from Ontario to Newfoundland in the north, and extending down through the Caribbean, from The Bahamas to Suriname (northern South America), our EC&C District embodies the best of

Kiwanis. There are 27 geographical divisions in the Eastern Canada and Caribbean District, and four of these are within Jamaica. Within each of these four divisions in Jamaica, there are 63 clubs: 1 . Division 23 East – Kingston and St Andrew, St Thomas

2 . Division 23 West – St Catherine, Clarendon, and Manchester 3 . Division 24 – St Ann, Portland, and St Mary 4 . Division 25 – Trelawny, St James, Hanover, Westmoreland, and St Elizabeth.

Division 23 East – Lieutenant Governor Sharon Williams: Kiwanis One Day Project KIWANIS ONE Day is a global day of service that unites the entire Kiwanis family, including Kiwanis, Aktion Club, Circle K, Key Club, Builders Club and KKids. On this day, thousands of Kiwanians and friends around the world devote hours to hands-on service to improving the lives of the most vulnerable, children, underserved groups, and/or lend a hand to community projects. On October 28, the day designated as Kiwanis One Day, more than 150 Kiwanis, other members of the K-family and their guests from clubs in Division 23 East assisted in giving the Oncology Ward at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital a

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new look in a bid to brighten the environment of the patients and to bring some cheer to their surroundings. The activities included painting the ward, renovating the bathroom with new fixtures, and providing screens for the ward. The Kiwanians also donated televisions to help to make the space more comfortable for the patients. The project was especially timely as October marks Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the ward houses approximately 40 patients, most of whom are terminally ill. At the official unveiling of the new look of the Oncology Ward, Matron Fairweather Blackwood commended the Kiwanians for their altruis-

Lieutenant Governor of Division 23 East Sharon Williams (right) and Distinguished President Odette Ingram from Kiwanis Club of West St Andrew are hard at work during Kiwanis One Day project, October 2017. 14

tic service and helping in the healing process with the beatification of the environment. Lieutenant Governor Sharon Williams highlighted the high energy, commitment, and camaraderie surrounding the execution of the project, saying, “I am happy to be a part of the experience of providing hands-on service, and it is even more gratifying for our members as they make an immediate, measurable impact on our local community.” Sponsors of the event included Bio Medical, Sherwin Williams, EDUCOMM, and Betting, Gaming & Lotteries Commission.

Members of Kiwanis Club of Young Professionals Kingston, Jamaica, are caught painting a section of the Oncology Ward at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital as part of the Kiwanis One Day project.

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Unite and serve as we seek to change the world O

Vice-President Winston Jones from the Kiwanis Club of Central Portmore interacting with male students on Boys’ Day at Naggo Head Infant School in Portmore, St Catherine.

As we seek to engage the young minds of our children and alert them to the value of trees, members of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Portmore participated in a tree-planting exercise with the Aintree Basic School K Kids members.

Membership recognition at a division’s mass meeting in February 2018. KIWANIS FEATURE | SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2018

N BEHALF of the members of Division 23 West Middlesex South, I express our delight at having the 2018 convention of the Eastern Canada and the Caribbean (EC&C) District being held in Jamaica. We extend a warm welcome to participants who will be attending this event, especially those coming from overseas. A very special welcome to our EC&C Governor Robert Moo Young, and other international leaders of Kiwanis, who will be attending the convention. This convention promises to be a great success as we highlight the best of Jamaica to the rest of the world through Kiwanis Club. Let us unite and serve as we seek to change the world, one child, one community at a time. Since the start of the 2017-18 administrative year, the clubs have carried out many activities and projects, including hosting the official visit of Moo Young to our division between February 15-18. On Thursday, February 15, a mass meeting of the clubs was held with Governor Bobby as the keynote speaker. The occasion was used to honour Kiwanians in the division who have served Kiwanis for 25 years or more. A special highlight of the evening was a presentation to Kerlyn Brown, who was honoured for the work she continues to do with children through the programme ‘Inspire Jamaica’ on CVM Television.

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Serving the children of the world D

IVISION 24, North East Jamaica, salutes all in this our District Convention Year. The gamut of Kiwanis service involves voluntary contributions to our communities and children in particular, empowering youth and providing leadership and holistic support for its members. The 11 clubs included in the division – Division 24 Online Jamaica, Port Antonio; St Georges, Buff Bay; Port Maria, St Mary; Ocho Rios, Garden Parish (Ocho Rios); Moneague; Brown’s Town; Charlton, Alexandria; and Discovery Bay – are a force to be respected. One hundred per cent of our clubs last year gained Distinguished Service

Division 24 LG Herman Grant. Award at the district and international levels and are now on the path to continuing selfless ‘Service with Passion’. Kiwanis clubs in Division 24 have for 2017-2018 served their service leadership programmes

Faculty adviser Pauline Redway celebrating with Servite Primary K-Kids Club after the club’s installation. clubs in schools, assisted basic schools, sponsored newborn babies baskets to infants in hospitals on New Year’s Day, treated residents at our infirmaries, provided bursaries and

LG Herman Grant (left) handing over bed linen and toiletries from Kiwanis Division 24 to Christopher Robinson, president of the Kiwanis Foundation of Jamaica, for the Walker’s Place of Safety. scholarships, and sponsored technological items in schools. This year, we are donating firstaid kits to women centres in our region. Our division will donate US$1,000 to a needy basic school, donated by the Kiwanis Foundation of Jamaica, provide a water tank for an early childhood institution, and honour 110 outstanding citi20

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zens for community development and esprit de corps. Let us retrospect and introspect in this our Eastern Canada and The Caribbean District Convention in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and be enriched and empowered to continue the mammoth task of ‘Serving The Children of the World.’


Improving the lives of the disadvantaged in our communities

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IWANIANS ACROSS western Jamaica continue to implement projects to improve the lives of the disadvantaged in our communities. From building playgrounds, to health fairs, to planning projects to bring awareness to diabetes and cancer, and implementing reading projects in basic schools, clubs are impacting children and the less fortunate. LG Dwight Lawrence shared that health and wellness has been a focus for clubs in his division, with many important signature projects already done in the 20172018 year. The Kiwanis Club of Providence hosted its eighth Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run with more than 500 patrons converging at the Fairview Park in Montego Bay on Sunday, October 30, 2017, to participate in the annual event under the theme ‘Pink with a Purpose’. As it was, a sea of pink walkers and runners from all over the island made their commitment to assisting in bringing awareness to the many families, friends, and individuals that have been affected by the deadly disease.

FAMILY AFFAIR President Coleen Lawson Taylor, in bringing greetings, commented that she was elated by the turnout and pledged the club’s continued commitment to support those fighting cancer after testimonials by cancer survivors. A float with live music, which was an added attraction this year, created a booster for the many walkers and runners. The event was

Participants are off at the start of the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run.

Division 25 Lieutenant Governor Dwight Lawrence

Distinguished Lieutenant Governor of Excellence Dr Martin Taylor along with a volunteer demonstrate a breast self-examination. truly a family affair enjoyed by several participants. The Kiwanis visibility was very high, and individuals were kept hydrated throughout the morning with water, juice, and other refreshments provided by various sponsors. The club extends heartfelt congratulations to all the trophy and medals winners and thanks many sponsors, including title sponsor Bay West Wellness, for their generosity in making the event a success. KIWANIS FEATURE | SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2018

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The Kiwanis Club annual Diabetes Health Fair T

HE KIWANIS Club of Montego Bay again hosted its annual Diabetes Health Fair at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre Courtyard, an event that was well supported by various health and medical organisa-

tions and well received by the many persons from across the community who came to take advantage of the services offered. They waited patiently while several health and medical professionals conducted eye

examinations, blood pressure checks, blood glucose tests, diabetes screening and HIV tests. There were also presentations on diabetes and hypertension, and conjunctivitis. The fair would not have been complete without a fitness session, which had club members and the general public on their feet and working out.

Student nurses from the University of the Technology were on hand to assist the doctors with patient screening at the Diabetes Health Fair.

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Kiwanis – who are we?

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OUNDED IN 1915, Kiwanis International is a global organisation of clubs and members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis members and its family of clubs, including the service leadership programmes, dedicate more than 18 million volunteer hours and invest more than $107 million annually in projects that strengthen communities and serve children. Kiwanis service leadership programmes are directorship and character-building initiatives hosted in a school or community agency and sponsored by a Kiwanis club. The Kiwanis International family comprises nearly 600,000 adult and youth members in 80 countries and geographic areas. We help shelter the

homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged and care for the sick. We develop youth as leaders, build playgrounds, raise funds for paediatric research, and much more. We believe that helping a child

helps the world. Working together, Kiwanis members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child a chance to learn, experience, dream and succeed, great things happen!

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EC&C District Convention Supplement May 13, 2018  

Supplement highlighting Kiwanis and 2018 EC&C District Convention

EC&C District Convention Supplement May 13, 2018  

Supplement highlighting Kiwanis and 2018 EC&C District Convention

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