Think out of the box — Thalia Lyn

…as Hanover Charities support students, needed organisations with over $81 million assistance

BY ANTHONY LEWIS
Observer West writer

Thursday, June 28, 2018

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ROUND HILL, Hanover — Chief executive officer (CEO) of Island Grill, Thalia Lyn, is encouraging students to choose their careers wisely by thinking outside of the box.

“Not everybody has to be a doctor or lawyer. The BPO (business process outsourcing) landscape is just expanding and the call centres are in need of not just people answering phones, but we need more software engineers. There is so much need in Jamaica,” said Lyn, who urged students to “be disruptive in your thinking, don't think doctor or lawyer”.

She further explained that the NCB Foundation, which she also chairs, has taken a similar approach.

“The NCB Foundation, every year, gives all these scholarships, and this year we decided that we are going to look at awarding where the need is. Because there are lots of doctors who we have awarded, and they haven't been able to find jobs; there is a surplus. So, not because your mother or father thinks that what you should do……. you could do anything else for yourself,” said Lyn.

Lyn was the keynote speaker at the Hanover Charities Annual Grant Awards ceremony held last week Thursday at the Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Hanover.

The entrepreneur also told the recipients that “while they persevere in life, they should have a social conscience and everything they do will turn out well”.

Chairperson of Hanover Charities Katrin Casserly encouraged the awardees to call on the charity organisation for assistance, when in need.

“Please, students who are present today, view our team at Hanover Charities as an extension of your family. Reach out to us. Don't be shy. We believe in you and your dreams. It is all about team work to usher you along in those years of need,” Casserly argued.

“Every successful person you might look up to today has also needed a helping hand along their way,” she stressed, pointing to the importance of determination, prayer, effort, and setting clear and concrete goals.

Member of Parliament for Hanover Eastern, Dave Brown, also encouraged the recipients who are currently studying, to return to the parish and make their contribution to its development.

“We must begin to understand that improving the lives of all takes collective efforts and collective skills. We cannot afford to continue the brain drain. Everyone here must see giving back to the parish not only as a priority, but a moral obligation,” said Brown, adding that “this is the example being set here today by Hanover Charities”.

During the ceremony, over $81 million was awarded to 146 deserving students and over 50 organisations and groups serving in Hanover.

Among the awardees receiving over $19 million were students pursuing careers in engineering, tourism and hospitality, medicine, teaching, and agriculture.

Organisations which received grants, totalling over $60 million included: the Westhaven Children's Home, Pell River Primary School, Hanover Parish Library, Green Island Primary, Hanover Infirmary, Cecile Clare Kitchen of Love, and Hopewell Sports Complex.

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