10/17/16, NY: Jamaica’s Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, M.P. Q.C., J.P., delivered a searing, inspiring speech on Saturday, October 15 as guest of honor at the 28th annual anniversary reunion ball organized by the New York chapter of Manning’s Past Students Association (MPSA).
“Give back to your country and your school,” she urged the attendees at the event, while providing a road map of her journey from the small town of Paul Island, Westmoreland to her current position as the nation’s chief attorney. “Growing up in Jamaica, going to America was never my goal, even though I ended up studying at two prestigious universities in America,” she said.
She spoke about the fulfillment she derives from living a life of service. She also spoke glowingly about her experiences at her alma mater, where she was named head girl due to her exemplary conduct and impressive academic credentials. “I remember getting the highest score on a test but my teacher, Mr. Revel, was not impressed,” she stated, explaining that he admonished her to strive for better since she was capable of producing at a higher level than her test reflected.
Peppering her remarks with humorous anecdotes, including a dramatic rendering of Miss Lou’s poems that detailed Jamaicans’ penchant for inheriting American accents even if they only visit for a brief time, the attorney general was charming, comfortable and smooth in her delivery. Meanwhile, the guests listened raptly, joining her on the journey as she extolled the virtues of kindness, humility, determination, striving for excellence and demonstrating commitment to helping those who are less fortunate.
In his welcoming remarks, immediate past president Kevin K.O. Sangster, Esq. described the ball as “our signature calendar event, the proceeds of which will go toward supporting ongoing projects at our own dear Manning’s School. As an alumni association, our work over the years has largely been to support our alma mater.” Sangster provided an overview of the achievements that defined his tenure.
“Under my presidency, the New York Chapter took on, for instance, the renovation of the school’s Home Economics Center as a key project. We completed phase one last December, improving the Food and Nutrition department into a room befitting a school of Manning’s caliber, and we are now getting ready to complete phase two, the Clothing and Textiles, department, having successfully raised funds to do so.”
Incoming president, Dr. Paulette Porteous-Cole acknowledged the hard work and commitment of the board members and the importance of guests making a sustained effort to support the chapter’s events. At the same time, Dr. Porteous-Cole indicated that one of her main priorities during her tenure was to make a more cohesive outreach to more recent alumni.
“As your new president one of my goals is to motivate and encourage our recent graduates to participate in ongoing and future projects affiliated with Manning’s,” she said. “I am also looking forward to re-engage different year groups to participate in our newly revised activities in whatever way they choose to adapt.”
Dr. Cole thanked the members of the media who dedicated print, digital and broadcast time and space to “promote our event so that it is successful.” She also announced the door prize winner and, with assistance from the immediate past president Sangster, presented the attorney general with a beautiful plaque in honor of her distinguished career achievements and service to Jamaica and her alma mater.
The ball was held at Eastwood Manor, in the Bronx, with tickets sold for a modest price. The event was well-attended with an almost capacity crowd. Media professional and acting public relations officer for the chapter, Ms. Carmen Brown Glover, chaired the program. Current and former board members including co-founder of the organization Mr. Anton Tomlinson, Mr. Rupert Thompson, treasurer; Ms. Elaine Jarrett, acting secretary; Ms. Wilma Wynter, Mrs. Jackie Josephs-Haughton and Mrs. Marjorie Foster-Amos attended the event.
The gate prize of a two-person vacation was provided by Fun Holiday Beach Hotel, located in Negril, Jamaica. Arielle Clarke, the daughter of an alumna, performed two songs, while Jugglaz International with DJ Andrew provided the music.–OnPointPress.net–