I want to tell you a little bit about a non-profit organization, the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP), which seeks to uplift, inspire and support our seniors (50 years and over) in Jamaica. I am a member and volunteer.
Founded by Jean Lowrie-Chin in 2010, CCRP’s mission is:
To work towards ensuring that the vast talent, wisdom and experience of our seniors will be respected and that they will continue to enjoy the quality of life they deserve.
Yes, CCRP celebrates, informs and entertains – and the term “quality of life” becomes increasingly significant as we age. And we do all kinds of interesting stuff! Recently we had a highly successful “Oldies Night” where we all danced our socks off (and were joined by some millennials, who kindly didn’t laugh at us kicking up our heels! The generation gap may not be as wide as we think!)
Apart from our monthly Wellness and Lifestyle evenings at the Kingston Head Office, there are regular trips and days out to places of interest. The organization also offers a fantastic deal on health insurance courtesy of Sagicor to qualified persons, as well as a whole range of discounts for goods and services across the island. What’s not to love?
Every year, we also celebrate the achievements of great Jamaicans. We celebrate them not just for what they have done, but for who they are. Two of the CCRP Living Legacy Awards are now named for late founding Directors of CCRP, Syringa Marshall Burnett (Health) and J. Lester Spaulding (Business). If you are a CCRP member (and if you are not – why not?) you may nominate any number of people for awards. The deadline for nominations is Friday, June 14, 2019. Please see the information below.
If you would like to join CCRP or know someone who would like to do so, please contact them between 10 am and 2 pm on weekdays at 876 469-1944 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Kingston Head Office is at Phoenix Central, 2 Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10. CCRP is on Facebook and on Twitter @ccrpjamaica.
But CCRP is not for Kingstonians only. It has a Central Jamaica Chapter at Global Travel, Manchester Shopping Centre, Mandeville. Tel: 876 278-1590. email: email@example.com. The recently established Western Jamaica Chapter is at Unity of Montego Bay Worship Centre, 12 Dome Street, Montego Bay. Tel: 876 377-7616. email: firstname.lastname@example.org. And the Northeastern Chapter (covering the parishes of Portland, St. Mary and St. Ann) will be launched in June.
CCRP Living Legacy Award for Business Named for J. Lester Spaulding
Nominations are now open for the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) Living Legacy Awards and this year will see the inauguration of the J. Lester Spaulding Award for Business, in honour of the late media magnate and founding Board Member of CCRP. In announcing the naming of the Award, Founder of CCRP, Jean Lowrie-Chin, noted that Lester Spaulding played a significant role in a financial management plan for the organization and in contributing towards the development of its original website.
“Lester Spaulding’s life of service and innovation is a living legacy for all Jamaicans,” she stated. “Indeed, he was honoured at our CCRP Jamaica 50 Awards in 2012 for his invaluable contribution to nation building.”
The J. Lester Spaulding Living Legacy Award for Business is the second named CCRP Living Legacy Award, joining the Syringa Marshall Burnett Award for Health, with both being an annual CCRP Living Legacy Award. Two awards in general categories will also be presented at the Annual CCRP Living Legacy Awards Luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, 25th September 2019 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.
Nominations for the CCRP Living Legacy Awards close on Friday, June 14, 2019, and may be made by any member of the CCRP in the following categories:
The Syringa Marshall Burnett Award for Health
The J. Lester Spaulding Award for Business
Media and Communications
The nominee for the CCRP Living Legacy Award must meet all the following criteria:
1. The nominee must be living;
2. The nominee should be an innovator in a particular field e.g. medical, social, academic etc. or an initiator of a programme or prime mover of legislation of profound importance;
3. The nominee should have gone beyond the call of duty and/or displayed exemplary service and dedication to a cause;
4. Nominations preferably for persons aged 65 or older.
The Chair of the CCRP Living Legacy Awards Committee, Mrs. Vilma McDonald, describes the contributions of CCRP Living Legacy Awardees as “treasures to be recognized and cherished as an inheritance for generations.” Mrs. McDonald also notes that the Living Legacy Awards were established to help to ensure that the vast talent, experience, and wisdom of our seniors will be celebrated and respected.
The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons was launched in 2010 with the objective of being a vital resource for persons aged 50 years and over. It now boasts a membership of over 2,500 persons.