Speaking at the graduation and swearing-in ceremony for the officials at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Sunday (June 3), Mr. Chuck said that as persons working in communities they have the ability to influence change. “You now have to go beyond the ordinary. I would like all of you to be extraordinary. It’s not going to come overnight… . Start dreaming, start reflecting on the Jamaica you would like to leave behind,” he said. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has called on the 53 newly minted Justices of the Peace (JPs) for the parish of St. Andrew, to aim to “be extraordinary” as they work with the Government in solving the nation’s problems. Story Highlights Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has called on the 53 newly minted Justices of the Peace (JPs) for the parish of St. Andrew, to aim to “be extraordinary” as they work with the Government in solving the nation’s problems.Speaking at the graduation and swearing-in ceremony for the officials at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Sunday (June 3), Mr. Chuck said that as persons working in communities they have the ability to influence change.“You now have to go beyond the ordinary. I would like all of you to be extraordinary. It’s not going to come overnight… . Start dreaming, start reflecting on the Jamaica you would like to leave behind,” he said.“You have to start looking at how you can be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem,” he said.The Justice Minister reminded those appointed that they should not see themselves as serving the parish of St. Andrew only, noting that the “new Act allows you to be a justice of the peace for all of Jamaica”.He commended them for stepping forward to offer voluntary service, stating that he hopes to see members from this batch becoming Lay Magistrates and helping in the justice system.Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St. Andrew, Dr. Patricia Dunwell, also encouraged the JPs to work more closely with the agencies of Government in touching the lives of citizens in a positive way and to become suitable mentors for the nation’s children and youth.“You may decide to mentor one child at a time or to establish mentorship groups in churches, in schools [and] in your communities. Remember, it takes a village to care,” she said.
SHARE Inc. announced today that their annual Boomtown Gala will be headlined by The Righteous Brothers with additional performances by Martha and the Vandellas, Louis Van Amstel of “Dancing with the Stars” and the SHARE ladies.This year’s honoree is Loreen Arbus, President of The Loreen Arbus Foundation and disability rights activist, philanthropist, producer, writer and author. The event’s MC, a SHARE legacy, will be Natalie Lander (ABC’s The Middle) – the daughter of famed actors David Lander and Kathy Fields and granddaughter of Hollywood agent Freddie Fields and actress Polly Bergen. The event will be held on May 20th 2018 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.“Boomtown is celebrating 65 years of phenomenal work on behalf of our community and we could not be more proud. This year’s event will invoke old Hollywood glamour as we remember our founding members and the hardworking women who have helped make SHARE the organization it is today,” said Corinna Fields, President of SHARE, Inc.Loreen Arbus will be receiving the Shining Spirit Award for her tireless work to help those marginalized in our community, specifically through The Loreen Arbus Foundation, which provides scientific and medical research for those with disabilities, supports racial and gender minorities, and is active in environmental causes. Arbus is an industry trailblazer who earned the distinction of being the first woman to head programming for a U.S. network – a feat she accomplished twice– both at Showtime and Lifetime networks.“I am honored to be recognized by the amazing women of SHARE Inc.,” said honoree Loreen Arbus. “Their mission is in very close alignment with my own in terms of helping children who are marginalized as is their long support of children with developmental disabilities and other special challenges.”This year’s star-studded event will include a red carpet, dressy Western attire, dinner, a live and silent auction, performances and more. The production team behind Boomtown includes Anita Mann of Anita Mann Productions, a five-time Emmy Award Winning Choreographer; Christine Wallace, Producer/First Vice President of the Boomtown Gala and former professional dancer/choreographer of stage and screen; and Executive Producer, Gary Smith, former producer of The Tony Awards and “The Judy Garland Show.”Celebrity attendees and honorees in recent years have included Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Willis, Sharon Stone, Sherry Lansing, Glorya Kaufman and more. Throughout SHARE’s illustrious history, famous supporters and performers have included Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, John Wayne, Sammy Davis Jr., Jennifer Holliday, Lucille Ball, Ronald Reagan, Johnny Carson, Dean Martin, Bob Hope, John Ritter, and K.D. Lang, to name a few.Find out more about the event here.
(Miriam Saunders, mother of Loretta Saunders, during press conference Thursday. Trina Roache/APTN)Trina Roache APTN National NewsHALIFAX–It’s been a “roller coaster of emotions” for the family of a young Inuk woman killed last year.But Delilah Saunders is relieved it’s finally over.Before opening arguments even began, the Loretta Saunders murder trial ended suddenly after the two accused pleaded guilty.Blake Leggette will serve an automatic life sentence for first degree murder. Victoria Henneberry faces the same sentence, though she’ll be eligible for parole between 10 and 25 years. She pleaded guilty to second degree murder.“Personally, a lot of it hasn’t set in,” said Delilah Saunders, Loretta’s sister. “But I think we’re doing good, we are satisfied.”Loretta Saunders was killed on February 13, 2014.The family travelled from their home in Labrador to be here for the trial in Halifax. It’s been a high profile case over the last 14 months, garnering headlines across the country.“I’m pretty exhausted,” said Miriam Saunders, Loretta’s mother. “I have mixed feelings. I have joy, there’s sadness there.”Both Delilah and Miriam couldn’t sit in on the preliminary hearing because there was a chance they would be called as witnesses. So they never got to hear the details of how Loretta was killed. Miriam has said in the past that she wants to know, but are now spared the pain of hearing it in court.“It’s a relief that our family will not have to experience the facts in a very public forum and that we can learn them and react organically and without censor,” said Delilah Saunders.Loretta lived in Halifax while going to university. Her thesis was focused on missing and murdered Indigenous women. It’s a cause the family is picking up in her name.“Loretta may not be here today but her legacy lives on and will continue to grow through seeking justice for all missing and murdered indigenous girls,” said Delilah Saunders. “There are women who do not receive justice and families who do not receive answers. We are grateful that the perpetrators took responsibility but this often isn’t the case. It feels wrong to feel so happy. They not only took a very important loved one from us but a grandchild or a niece or a nephew.”Loretta was three months pregnant at the time she was killed.“We made plans,” said Miriam Saunders. “I was going to quit my job and she was going to go become a lawyer. So my hope is to start advocating for pregnant women who are murdered and their baby. My daughter and her baby are in heaven now.”When asked what he would say to Loretta if he could see his daughter now, an emotional Clayton Saunders replied, “I don’t think I would say very much, I would just grab her and hug her.”The family will stay in Halifax until next week. They’ll have a chance to read victim impact statements at the formal sentencing for Leggette and Henneberry on April 29.The family says then the healing can [email protected]@TrinaRoache