Future Jamaican leaders meet

The Future Leaders component of the Jamaican Diaspora Canada will host its third annual summit this Friday, June 5 with the theme “The Business of Culture”.

Open to Jamaicans between the ages of 18 and 34, the summit will be held at the Jamaican Canadian Association’s center, 995 Arrow Road, Toronto (Highway 400 and Finch Avenue W.) at 7:30 p.m.

The 2009 summit is a precursor to the Global Jamaican Diaspora Future Leaders Conference, scheduled for Kingston, Jamaica, August 3 to 8 this year. Details of how young people between 18 and 34 may attend the conference will be given at Friday’s event.

The 2009 Future Leaders’ Summit follows a tradition that started in June, 2007, when then-Governor General of Jamaica, Sir Kenneth Hall and Lady Hall launched the JD-C Future Leaders component.

The second conference last year was the precursor to the third Jamaican Diaspora Conference in Kingston, which was attended by more than 50 Future Leaders from all over Canada.

This third summit will look at culture as an entrepreneurial outlet.

Leo Campbell, director of Future Leadership for the Jamaican Diaspora – Canada, also sees this as yet another step toward the passing of the baton from one proud generation of Jamaicans to another.

“The Future Leaders are exactly that. We, who are now between 18 and 34 years of age, represent the next two tiers of leadership over the next 30 years. It is also our responsibility to help equip the successors to our leadership.

 “I invite all Jamaicans between 18 and 34 to join us on June 5, and to apply for membership of the delegation from the Jamaican Diaspora – Canada to the first Global Future Leaders conference in August.”

For further details, contact Leo Campbell (647) 294-2889. campbellmails@yahoo.com

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