Hanover Charities awards outstanding citizens

BY ANTHONY LEWIS
Observer West writer

Thursday, May 04, 2017

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HOPEWELL, Hanover:Hanover Charities, a local charity organisation, has been serving the residents of Hanover for the past 60 years.

And as part of its milestone celebrations, the organisation last Friday, recognised some 60 people who have given outstanding service in the parish.

The Diamond Jubilee function, which was held at the Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Hanover, saw the stalwarts being honoured for their contribution in areas such as community service, religion, education, agriculture, health, and culture.

Among the outstanding awardees were: Gwendolyn Lawrence for her 59 years of service to the education sector; Reverend Stivel Crossman, a retired minister of religion who was in charge of the Lucea Circuit of Baptist Churches for 20 years; and Principal of Esher Primary School Anthonette Wright, under whose watch the literacy rate at the Success Primary and Junior High moved from 36 per cent to 80 per cent while she was principal there.

Other awardees included cattle farmer Collin Wright, who was recognised for being devoted to his vocation for 60 years; Babrie-Lee Markes for 49 years of service in the field of health care; and Sandra Essor of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission for her 35 years of service to the performing arts in Hanover.

Roy Ten Fah, secretary/treasurer of Hanover Charities, who assisted with the distribution of plaques to the recipients at the function, came in for a surprise when he was presented with an executive lifetime award by the charity's chairperson, Katrin Casserly, for his over 30 years of service to the organisation.

“Mr Ten Fah, we could not have done it without you. You are just an incredible stalwart, role model and just a wonderful person to work with…” expressed Casserly.

Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) president and manager of the Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Omar Robinson, also congratulated Ten Fah, who has worked at the hotel for over 40 years.

Ten Fah told the Jamaica Observer West: “It was a total surprise for me because it was Hanover stalwarts that were being awarded. I guess the Hanover Charities thought I was one of those stalwarts because I have worked in Hanover for 40 years. I was very humbled by it.”

Ten Fah, a justice of the peace, has served on a number of school boards in Hanover, as well as the board of the Hanover Football Association.

Member of Parliament for Hanover Eastern Dave Brown, who congratulated the awardees, expressed gratitude to Hanover Charities.

“Ladies and gentlemen, this organisation by far has set the tone for what a charitable organisation should be. They continuously put the residents of Hanover at the centre of all they do, and in return they receive outstanding commendations from our residents and other individuals from the western end of the country, thus becoming a household name,” said Brown.

Member of Parliament for Hanover Western, Ian Hayles, also commended the organisation.

“It is not often that you find a charity whose sole mission statement is the welfare of the people of Hanover,” Hayles said.

Hanover Charities is the largest charity organisation in western Jamaica. It was founded in 1957 by the late William DeLisser, a former custos of Hanover, John Pringle and Betty Phillips,

The bulk of it funds is raised from its annual Sugar Cane Ball.

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