Sunday, June 17, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, marked the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Women's Club. It was a wonderful affair, held again at the Jamaica Yacht Club. About 40 people were in attendance, including outgoing Canadian High Commissioner Steve Hallihan and his wife Cathy, who are leaving Jamaica in several months.
After people gathered and had a chance to watch a video of past fashion shows, the meeting kicked off with the national anthem and then reports from the Outreach Committee, the treasurer and the President. Then, a teary formal farewell was bid to the Hallihans, who in turn, thanked the CWC for their service and presented the group with an award. The Hallihans were thanked for their hospitality over the years, including the use of the High Commission, the Thanksgiving dinners and the general kindness they have extended. After a prayer to bless the food, people dug in to a wonderful meal, including salad, steamed vegetables, potatoes, chicken, fish and pork. Chocolate cake was then served as people listened attentively to the guest speaker, Burchell Whiteman. Mr. Whiteman, a pillar among Jamaica's leaders, discussed Vision 2030 and implored people to think about where we want the country to be and act accordingly. These remarks gave people a lot to think about as they said their goodbye to one another for the summer.