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CCRP Celebrates Significant Achievements, Honours Senior Olympians, At June 16 Expo

CCRP CELEBRATES SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS,

HONOURS SENIOR OLYMPIANS, AT JUNE 16 EXPO

 

Kingston, Jamaica, June 18, 2012: The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) had much to celebrate at its Second Anniversary Expo on Saturday June 16.

As announced by its Founder and CEO Jean Lowrie-Chin, the Kingston-based organization has launched a Chapter in Montego Bay, will soon have one in Mandeville, and has nearly 700 members. It continues to serve as a strong advocate for seniors, particularly pensioners struggling to protect their hard won benefits, and to entertain, educate and encourage members and other mature Jamaicans with a wide range of programmes.

 

Over 100 seniors, as well as many younger Jamaicans, turned up on Saturday for a lively and varied programme at the CCRP Second Anniversary Expo, which filled the ballroom at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

 

Highlight of the event was the honouring of five veteran Olympians, who between them had brought glory to Jamaica from the 1940s to the 1990s. Receiving the CCRP “Living Legacy” Awards from CCRP Honorary Director Sir Kenneth Hall, and being “pinned” by CCRP Chair Prof. Denise Eldemire-Shearer, were evergreen Jamaican athletes Dr. Cynthia Thompson, Vilma Charlton, Grace Jackson and Bertland Cameron. The fifth honouree, Donald Quarrie, was unable to attend due to current duties overseas.

 

An exciting array of exhibits were mounted by private and public sector organizations highlighting products and services of special interest to pensioners and those preparing for retirement. These were CIBC First Caribbean; Jamaica National Building Society; COK Solidarity Coop Credit Union; BCIC, Hertz, Guardsman Alarms, the National Council for Senior Citizens, and the Heart Foundation, which offered various health checks on the spot. Refreshments and prizes were provided by Wisynco and National Baking Company.

 

Important aspects of healthy and secure aging were addressed by three guest presenters. Financial advice came from Desmond Foster, Strategic Planning and Development Manager of COK Cooperative Credit Union; Nicole Hogarth-Subaran, Wealth Management Team Leader with CIBC First Caribbean, and Financial Analyst and CCRP member Sushil Jain. Positive Aging was addressed by CCRP Chair Prof. Denise Eldemire-Shearer.

 

The CCRP Chair also shared the “birthday celebration” with the CCRP, as she celebrated a birthday shortly after the Expo.

 

The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons was launched in April 2010, with the mission of “working to ensure that the vast talent, experience and wisdom of our seniors will be respected, and that they enjoy the quality of life which they so richly deserve.”

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