Rosemarie Henry's service

Sunday, August 03, 2014

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SHE has over 20 years experience in financial services, and as the regulator for the Financial Services Commission, her days are spent in insurance, ensuring that companies within the financial industry are financially sound, maintain solvency, follow legislative guidelines, and have plans in place to protect policyholders.

And she loves giving back, a woman devoted to service.

"I get a lot of pleasure out of giving back. I have a passion for service and I try to integrate it into everything I do," Rosemarie Henry told All Woman.

"I will look through the newspapers, see who needs assistance and give."

Now she is looking to begin a financial literacy programme in secondary schools, in a bid to improve the state of finances of the country in the future.

"It will be geared towards teaching students about saving, investments, insurance, understanding budgeting and to start small businesses to offset other expenses," Henry said.

As one of the original team members of Dress for Success, a charity which outfits disadvantaged women for work, Henry is no newbie to service.

She said the team would collect professional wear and donate to women and one of her most memorable moments working with the group was when a young woman who was interning at a bank came to them for help.

"She said she didn't fit in and wanted to look like the others who were at the bank but couldn't afford to. We gave her a week's supply of suits and she came back and thanked us and explained the difference it had made to her self-esteem," Henry said.

Among her many accolades, Henry was recently appointed vice chair of the financial inclusion subcommittee for the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), to serve for two years.

The IAIS is a voluntary membership organisation of insurance supervisors and regulators from more than 200 jurisdictions in nearly 140 countries. Its mission is to promote effective and globally consistent supervision of the insurance industry in order to maintain fair, safe and stable insurance markets for the benefit and protection of policyholders and to contribute to global financial stability.

The current president of the all-female Kiwanis Club of New Kingston, Henry loves travelling, especially to Singapore and Quebec.

"It is one of my favourite places mainly because it reminds me of Jamaica but they do so much more with what they have," she said of Singapore.

Henry loves to work with children and the elderly and holds fast to the Kiwanis 25th anniversary theme, 'One can make a difference'.




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