Showcasing Discovery Bay

Residents host exposition to show off community talent

Observer staff reporter

Monday, November 12, 2018

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RETIRED teacher Evadne Scarlett last month partnered with the Kiwanis Club of Discovery Bay to put on Discovery Bay's first small business exposition.

Scarlett, who taught business at William Knibb Memorial High in Trelawny, said that the event was a success.

“I couldn't do it on my own. I am really grateful the club came on board,” she said.

As a result of the event's success, the committee is now looking to host other events to highlight talents in the community as well as to contribute to the development of the community.

“We start from nothing, no finances. We had to seek sponsors,” Scarlett explained.

Thirty-five booths were set up at the Discovery Bay Community Centre to allow many small business operators, some of whom operate from their homes, to showcase their products and services.

“It was a good exposition to the point where community members are now asking for more. We met the goals. We did a very good job,” she said.

The Jamaica Observer North & East spoke to other members of the exposition committee and they were also satisfied with the outcome.

Henry Braidy, chairman of the Discovery Bay Community Centre Management Committee, said the event was a success and he was looking forward to hosting similar events at the facility.

“For a first time, I think it came off well,” Braidy said.

The exposition committee is now looking to host a flea market which is scheduled for December 20 and 21.

“The team works well, so why not work with the team and expose Discovery Bay?” Scarlett said.

The flea market, which will be held along with a bingo tournament, will allow everyone to sell and buy goods for the Christmas season.

The committee is looking at hosting at least one event per month for the next six months to keep residents engaged and to utilise the community centre. Events will include educational seminars for businesses and regular entertainment nights.

Braidy said he welcomes all these events at the community centre as it is important to use the facility.

“We have to maintain it, so we can't just have it sitting there,” he said.

Braidy added that the community centre is used for many different functions including funerals, birthday parties and even a baby shower, as those in charge of the facility ensure that the community uses the facility for their development and entertainment.

He said that he is willing to work with the exposition committee to ensure that the facility is used for the community's development.

Keith Rowe, distinguished secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Discovery Bay and member of the exposition committee, also believes the event was a success.

“I believe we succeeded in the concept that we envisaged. The event went off with a bang. People were astonished and amazed. People already want to know when it will be held again,” Rowe said.

He said the exposition not only provided an avenue for small businesses to showcase their goods and services, but also provided entertainment for the community.

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