Senator to meet with Jamaicans in T.O.


Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte, Minister of State with responsibility for the Diaspora in Jamaica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade will be in Toronto next week to meet with members of the Jamaican community.


On this, her first visit to Toronto, she will be the guest speaker at a Community Town Hall meeting March 29 at the Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA), 995 Arrow Road and members of Jamaica’s diplomatic corps from all over Canada will be in attendance.

The meeting will deal with the formation of a 150-strong delegation from Canada to the 4th Biennial Jamaican Diaspora Conference, scheduled over three days between June 15 and 18, 2011, at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort, Spa and Conference Centre in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Jamaica’s Consul General in Toronto Seth George Ramocan said Malahoo Forte will be in Canada for meetings with Jamaica’s Diplomatic Corps here and members of the Diaspora.

“These events are just an example of the continuous work in the Jamaican community and the opportunity of every Jamaican outside their native land to be intimately involved in their country,” he said.

“The Diaspora conference is a chance for the Jamaican family worldwide to meet and speak to the needs of our country. It is an interchange of thoughts, ideas and possible solutions to problems through collaboration between the close to three million Jamaicans overseas — and the elected and executive arms of the Government of Jamaica,” he said.

“Here we have a minister of the Jamaican government, the leadership of the Diaspora movement in Toronto and members of Jamaica’s Diplomatic Corps in Canada in conversation with Jamaicans in Toronto about a very important conference that will link Jamaicans from all over the world.”

Valarie Steele, who chairs the Interim Board of Directors of the Jamaican Diaspora Canada which is organizing the Canadian delegation to the Jamaican Diaspora conference, said the JDC believes in open and constructive dialogue within the Canadian Diaspora, other arms of the worldwide Diaspora and with the Government of Jamaica and the people of Jamaica.

“Every Jamaican in Canada is a member of the wider Jamaican Diaspora and is entitled to apply to be on the delegation,” Steele said.

“We have 150 places on the delegation, so all 300,000 plus Jamaican in Canada obviously can’t go. But ALL Jamaicans in Canada have to be represented and the next generation of leadership must be represented.

“We cannot choose for you. Each organization, group and collective among Jamaicans will choose their delegates to this very important conference.

“At our conference (on March 29) we will decide on the matters that the Jamaican Diaspora in Canada wishes to see discussed at the conference (in Jamaica), including the areas of national security, deportations, education, health and social services.

A major donation of wheelchairs and medical supplies for the St. Ann’s Bay Hospital in the parish of St. Ann, Jamaica is being made by the Service Employees International Union Local 1. A representative of the union will be at the meeting to speak about the initiative.

Ramocan praised the union’s initiative as “a truly worthwhile and needed donation.

“I am pleased on behalf of Jamaica’s Council on Disability that the Service Employees International Union Local 1 – which, if I may add, has many Jamaican-born members – has taken this wonderful initiative,” he said.

“Please be assured of Jamaica’s sincere thanks.”

The meeting at the JCA begins at 7:00 p.m. and is being hosted by the Jamaican Diaspora – Canada, the Jamaican High Commissioner to Canada and the Consulate General of Jamaica in Toronto.

For further details contact Philip Mascoll at 416-465-9933 or at

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