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CCRP Proud of Valuable Achievements in First Two Years




Kingston, Jamaica, July 3, 2012: The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP), launched in April 2010, can be proud of a number of valuable contributions to national life during its first two years in existence.


In a second anniversary message to members of the advocacy and service group, CCRP Chair Professor Denise Eldemire-Shearer congratulated them on several important achievements. “We have mobilized nearly 700 Jamaicans and provided strong support for their continued involvement in, and contribution to, community and country,” she noted, “and we have made significant progress in sensitizing the general public to the needs, rights and values of senior citizens.”


Professor Eldemire-Shearer also commended the organization’s executive and members on the CCRP’s continued proactive role as a vital resource for retired persons and those preparing for retirement. This had included hosting a series of valuable educational and social functions. Its ongoing work on behalf of the Windalco pensioners spoke to its active advocacy for seniors. The work was not confined to Kingston, she added, as the CCRP had just launched a chapter in Mandeville, and plans were underway to establish another in Montego Bay.

The CCRP Chair also pointed out, “Our two major events, the ‘Living Legacy’ Awards Luncheon in February 2012, and our recent 2nd Anniversary Expo hailing 5 senior Olympians (the ‘Diamonds in Jamaica's Gold’) have honoured over 70 senior Jamaicans who have made outstanding contributions to national development. In doing so, we have documented their achievements for posterity as well as holding up their sacrifices to inspire others.

“As we celebrate our second anniversary,” Professor Eldemire-Shearer continued, “we are particularly appreciative to our founder Mrs. Jean Lowrie-Chin who is also the Founder of PROComm, and members of her company including her family.  She was inspired by the contributions of her own parents, and determined to make the aging process a positive and empowering one for us all. We are very fortunate that the CCRP was the brainchild of someone with her extensive knowledge in promoting new ideas. This has made a big difference to our success in getting going as she and members of her company have used all their skills on behalf of CCRP.


“The organization is housed at the PROComm office and uses all their facilities, office space, stationery, transportation, to mention just a few items, and so we have a lovely home and we are grateful.  We are indeed grateful to the entire PROComm team.”


The CCRP Chair also expressed her organization’s deep gratitude to its many generous sponsors, including some who have been with it since its inception. These include:

PROComm, its first sponsor, Lasco, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, Sagicor Life Jamaica, Wisynco, Guardsman Group, BPM Financial, RJR Group, The Gleaner, The Observer, J. Wray & Nephew Limited, Hertz International, Appliance Traders Limited, Video Partners, Jamaica Broilers, National Baking Company, Every Blooming Thing, NEM Insurance, Tastee and Digicel.


The generosity of spirit of CCRP’s voluntary committee members was also lauded. These included those working on Hospitality, chaired by Dr. Jean Small; Membership chaired by Mrs. Karen Gauntlett and Caring chaired by Mrs. Irene Walter.


Dr. Eldemire-Shearer concluded, “This wonderful collaboration of members, executive officers, sponsors and supporters illustrates the true relevance of the term ‘Community’ in our title. Let us continue to work – and enjoy 'Life to the Fullest' – together, for the good of us all.”

Contact:          Dorett Linton, CCRP Coordinator, 926-6740, 383-2150

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