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The CCRP - Caribbean Community of Retired Persons Limited has been buzzing with activites since its launch in April 2010. Our newsletter highlights some of the activities that have taken place since the launch of the organization, as well as upcoming events.

Now that the hurricane season has began we have also included tips to help you prepare for what promises to be an active season.


Over 150 persons attended the CCRP Wellness Seminar on April 20, 2010, at the Knutsford Court Hotel.

Clovis Metcalfe, Managing Director, First Caribbean International Bank presents his company's sponsorship commitment to the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP), to assist with the first year of its operations. Chairman of CCRP Hon. Lascelles Chin accepted the commitment on behalf of CCRP. The presentation took place on Tuesday, April 13 during the Launch of CCRP at the Knutsford Court Hotel.

Professor Denise
Citing "active ageing" as the key to a fulfilling and successful retirement, Professor Denise Eldemire- Shearer, of the University of the West Indies Department of Community Health and Psychiatry appealed to the elderly to set goals for themselves during retirement and work towards achieving those targets, as a necessary move in enhancing their quality of life. "Retirement is not about wasting your life away, set achievable goals.... After reaching 60 years of age you have at least another 25 years of life expectancy, so live well - psycho logically, socially and emotionally."

Dr. Anthony Vendryes
Addressing the topic "The Four Pillars of Healthy Ageing" Dr. Anthony Vendryes, Medical Practitioner and noted authority on wellness outlined the value of balanced nutrition, proper hygiene (cleanliness), exercise and proper stress/rest management, pointing out that these together slow the ageing process.

Richard Byles, CEO/President of Sagicor Life Jamaica emphasized the growing importance of financial planning. Fittingly enough, the next event in the series will focus on Financial Planning. Look out for details.

The Wellness Seminar was themed 'Rev Up your Retirement.' The event was streamed live on the Internet with the support of Jamaica News Network (JNN) and Multi-Media Jamaica Limited, which are a part of the RJR Group of Companies.

Wellness Seminar Gate Prize Winners
Dinner for up to 8 persons.
Ingredients provided and meals prepared.

  • Dr. Anthony Vendryes
  • Donna Morrison
  • June DaCosta
  • Audrey Roberts
  • Rosalyn Edwards
  • Howard Byrd


It is that time of the year again when we make preparations in the event there is a hurricane making landfall. We have been advised that this season promises to be an active one. Below are a few tips that can help in your preparation:

  • Check thoroughly the roof of your house, hurricane shutters, and hooks and latches and repair where necessary.
  • Make certain that galvanized sheeting on the roof of your house is properly fastened.
  • Keep handy a supply of lumber, plywood, timber, etc. for battening down purposes.
  • Trim trees, which hang over, or may fall on to power lines, your house or other buildings.
  • Make sure that emergency cooking facilities such as portable gas stoves and coal stoves are in good working condition. Keep coal dry by wrapping it in plastic.
  • Latch down securely all small buildings in your yard such as outdoor kitchens, tool sheds, kennels, barns, pit latrines, etc. Store water in large containers or even bathtubs if you have more than one in the home.

5 HURRICANE SURVIVAL KITS Kit 1    Water Kit ñ water stored in a plastic container, one gallon per person per day - Enough to supply your household for at least 7 days.

Kit 2    Food Kit ñ a 7-day supply of non-perishable food to feed the members of your household and pets if applicable. These types of food include canned juices, meats, fruits and vegetables, crackers and jams.

Kit 3    First Aid Kit - should include bandages in all sizes, sterile gauze pads, scissors, needle and thread, assorted safety pins, rubbing alcohol, cotton wool, non- prescription medication e.g. pain and fever relief and advance prescription medication ideally a monthís supply, if possible.

Kit 4    Tool Kit - contains battery operated radio, candles, matches, lamps, flashlights, spare batteries in their respective sizes for all battery operated products, cash, can opener and a utility knife. Plastic sheeting to protect furniture, painting, and electrical equipment and to store valuable documents such as certificates, passports, house and car titles etc.

Kit 5    Sanitation Kit - contains toilet paper, soap, feminine supplies, personal hygiene products, garbage bags, a plastic bucket with a tight lid, disinfectant, bleach, at least three complete changes of clothes and footwear per person, rain gear, blankets or sleeping bags.

CCRP Board Members at Kings House
Front Row l-r: Mrs Syringa Marshall-Burnett, Professor Denise Eldermire-Shearer (Vice Chair), The Most Honourable Patrick Allen (Patron) and Lady Allen, Honourable Lascelles Chin (Chair), Mrs Jean Lowrie-Chin (founder/CEO)
Back Row l-r: Professor Trevor Jackson, Mrs Sharon Deheney Walker, Mr J.A. Lester Spaulding, Mrs Hermine Metcalfe, Mrs Aloun Ndombet -Assamba

Tai Chi Demonstration
CCRP members and friends were positively glowing after their first Tai Chi session with Sifu (Tai Chi Master) Stewart Maxwell (centre) at Emancipation Park last Saturday. From left are Suzette Shaw-Reid of Sagicor, CCRP sponsors, Jean Lowrie-Chin, CCRP CEO, Hermine Metcalfe, director, and Tai Chi practitioners Debbie Leyow and Jenille Sukhu. CCRP (Caribbean Community of Retired Persons) was launched in April, with its mission to empower seniors.

Lady Hall, Wife of retired Governor General Sir Kenneth Hall, receives her Caribbean Community of Retired Person's (CCRP) membership card from Hon. Lascelles Chin, Chairman of CCRP and Chairman/CEO LASCO Group of Companies.

Great Start - CCRP Launched
CCRP Chairman Hon Lascelles Chin (centre) enjoys the company of (l - r) First Caribbean Managing Dir. Clovis Metcalfe, retired G.G.and Honorary CCRP Board Member Most Hon. Kenneth Hall, CCRP Founder/CEO Jean Lowrie-Chin, and Managing Dir. of Pan-Caribbean Philip Armstrong.

Mrs. Jean Lowrie-Chin, Founder/CEO of CCRP made the presentation of a gift bag donated by LASCO, to Mrs. Lillian Anderson of Millsborough Avenue, Kingston 6, as part of the National Council for Senior Citizens celebration of Centenarians' Day. Looking on are Mrs. Beverly Hall-Taylor and Mrs. Anderson's son, Raymond Anderson. Mrs. Anderson is 112 years old.

June Matthews (member CCRP), June Wallace (member CCRP) and Hermine Metcalfe (CCRP Director) attended the ageing conference of the National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) in Mandeville on Tuesday May 18, 2010.



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The Dentist

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Photo Studio
Bryan Studios Ltd.

24 Kings Plaza, Kingston 10
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Jen Care Skin Farm

82 Hope Road, Kingston 6
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Superior Paint Centre

Shop 20, 90B Red Hills Road Kingston 19
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Every Blooming Thing

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That Blooming Florist
20 West Kings House Road, Kingston 10
10% discount.


Merrick Avenue Kingston 10
17.5% discount.

Donna's Hair Design Ltd.

1 1/2 Ardenne Road, Kingston 10
5% discount.

Silver Sands Estate, Trelawny

20% discount (currently two, 2-br homes: c/o Mrs. Margaret Gaynair, P.O. Box 273, Kingston 8)

Guardsman Group
107 Hope Road, Kingston 6
Guardsman Services - 10% discount
Clear Track - 10% discount
Orkin Pest Control - 10% discount
Natureís Paradise - 10% discount
Gymkhana - 15% discount

Aloun Ndombet-Assamba & Co.

62 Duke Street, Kingston & 7b Gully Road, 2nd Floor,Suite #7, St Ann's By, St Ann
20% discount

Car Rental
Hertz International

14 Ruthven Road, Kingston 10
15% discount


Our Mission

The CCRP will work towards ensuring that the vast talent, experience and wisdom of our retired persons will be respected, that they will enjoy the quality of life they deserve and that they will be empowered to continue making their contribution to the development of community, country and region.

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