HELP! UWI Medical Student Seeks Assistance To Pursue Studies....2-Time PALAS Recipient, Venessa Green Makes Urgent Appeal.

Published:Thursday | January 26, 2017 | 12:50 AMCecelia Campbell Livingston

GORDON PEN, St Catherine:
Second-year medical student Venessa Green, who is now pursuing a bachelor of medicine, bachelor of surgery degree at the University of the West Indies, Mona (UWI) is all set on making a difference in the lives of others.
Medicine was the last thing on her agenda as while attending St Jago High School, her primary focus was on business before she morphed into medicine.
Green told Rural Xpress that ‘medicine chose her’.
Venessa Green 
“I had a passion for chemistry especially and I wanted to pursue a degree in pharmaceuticals. With relevant guidance and advice from mentors, I decided to apply to medical school which I was assured a space from the dean’s office at UWI because I had the grades that would guarantee me a spot,” she said, admitting that she has since fallen in love with the programme.
With her ultimate goal being to offer quality health care services to her community of Gordon Pen, St Catherine, where she hails from and by extension her country, she dreams of owning a medical complex along with a pharmacy one day.
Venessa Green, 2-Time Recipient/ Med Student at UWI
But there is wide divide between her dreams and the journey to get there as presently Green, in spite of the input from both her parents – her mother an office attendant at Jamaica Customs Agency and her father – a police personnel and six other children (between them) to support, it is a challenge meeting her needs at university.
Green is in need of textbooks and  financial assistance to offset fees for accommodation, especially for her upcoming third year in June as she will have to reside on hall during the summer period.
“Then there is the cost of medical supplies such as prescribed texts and medical equipment (ophthalmoscope, stethoscope etc) and living expenses (groceries, personal hygiene products),” she said.
Right now it seems like a huge mountain, but Green has not lost her determination to go on.
“Amid my challenges, my innate drive for success comes from my intrinsic motivation to always excel in all my endeavours as well as to overcome every obstacle that presents itself,” she said.
Not fazed by her socio-economic status, one she is confident is temporary.
“I grew up in a single parent household where my mother was a domestic helper and a seamstress and I saw how she struggled to provide for my sisters and I,” said Green, adding that her mother’s determination for seeking any available job in order to make ends meet, was one of the contributing factors that motivated her to excel in all aspects of life, especially academically. more

IN JAMAICA: PALAS Board Member, Danny Roberts Named To The Oversight P-STOC by Prime Minister, Andrew Holness....Government says monitoring mechanism for IMF will be more balanced.... New team

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter  Tuesday, November 22, 2016     

THE Government yesterday announced an upgraded programme of oversight for the new Precautionary Stand-by Agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left) joins Minister of Finance and the
 Public Service Audley Shaw (right) in congratulating JMMB’s Group CEO
 Keith Duncan (second left), and head of the Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade
 Union Education Institute Danny Roberts, on their appointment to
co-chair the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) and the
 Public Sector Transformation Oversight Committee, respectively, at
Jamaica House, yesterday. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Prime Minister Andrew Holness told a press briefing at Jamaica House that the new framework will be more balanced as it will assess not only the fiscal and monetary indicators, but also social and public sector issues and growth.
“We must achieve the fiscal, monetary and quantitative targets, but we must also achieve the growth, public sector transformation and social protection objectives as well,” he said.
“While keeping the principles of transparency, public accountability, and civic engagement, we wish to design the monitoring framework to address the challenges ahead. Not only must we maintain fiscal responsibility, we must transform the public sector, grow the economy, and protect the vulnerable. There is therefore a desire to deepen, broaden and diversify the monitoring framework,” the prime minister said.
He announced the appointment of head of the Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Education Institute, trade unionist Danny Roberts, as co-chair the new Public Sector Transformation Oversight Committee (P-STOC), which will oversee the critical public sector transformation programme.
Roberts, who has spent more than 20 years in the trade union movement, has served as vice-president of the National Workers Union (NWU) and president of the Union of Clerical Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE), both of which are affiliated to the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP).
He currently serves also as vice-president of the umbrella trade union organisation, the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU), which will soon become involved in a new round of wage negotiations with the Government for the 2017/2019 period.
Roberts’ co-chair will be the Cabinet secretary, Ambassador Douglas Saunders. P-STOC will also draw on representatives from the trade union movement, public sector, private sector, academia, and civil society, and will monitor implementation of the public sector transformation, public service reform and social protection targets.
Holness said that in addition to reporting on progress with the fiscal programme, the new monitoring mechanism will also report to the public on the progress in achieving the economic growth, public sector transformation and social protection objectives in the new agreement,. more

JAMAICA HISTORY MAKER (CONGRATS) : 3-Time PALAS Awardee, Javanney Campbell first in Clan Carthy’s history to bag eight CSEC ones...He recalled days in lower forms where there was no lunch money for him to attend classes. Participated in an exchange programme between Jamaica and China

Excerpt from Jamaica Observer BY ALDANE WALTERS Career & Education writer
Sunday, October 23, 2016 

WHEN Javanney Campbell brought home news that he was placed at Clan Carthy High School after sitting the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) in 2011, his family, especially his father, was devastated. JAVANNEY'S INTERVIEW ONTVJ-SMILE JAMAICA
Javanney Campbell, 3-Time PALAS
So upset was the elder Campbell that he refused food for two whole weeks. In his mind, the youngster who had showed so much promise throughout his youngest years had let the family down. They had expected him to join his elder brother Shakeil at the ‘traditional’ Kingston College.
Fast-forward five years. With his son at the end of his journey at Clan Carthy, Jason Campbell’s gross disappointment has morphed into an inexplicable happiness. This, as Javanney silenced all of his naysayers, emerging the first student in Clan Carthy’s 36-year history to obtain eight grade ones in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, and with six straight ‘A’ profiles to boot.
“I don’t think I can explain the feeling. The feeling is like a pandemonium,” the father told the Jamaica Observer by phone from his home in the Cayman Islands.
“When he called me the night, I had just left work and was eating dinner. He video called and said, ‘Daddy, your son is legendary,’” the elder Campbell reported. “The entire family was just so proud of him.”
Javanney Campbell accepts the Louise
Tauzalin Academic Scholarship
From Garfield Morgan at Pegasus in JA
Javanney obtained grades one in: English A, geography, human and social biology, information technology, mathematics, principles of business, social studies and Spanish. The son admits to being very disappointed when he was placed at Clan Carthy, saying that he lost focus because of the friends that he made in grade five. However, in retrospect, given the chance, he wouldn’t change a thing.
“After coming here and seeing the passion by my teachers, it inspired me to work harder. I don’t regret coming to Clan Carthy. I strongly believe that it’s not where you go, it’s what you want to do and what you want to achieve, and your drive for where and what you want,” he said.
Since then, he has always performed at the top of his class and has set standards for his classmates. This standard, he says, formed part of his motivation to do well at the external examinations.
“I wanted to inspire people and set a standard because, over the years, I’ve been setting standards here so I just wanted to leave something behind as a legacy for them to follow. I’m just happy that I did that,” he told
Career & Education.
The motive was to prove everyone who berates non-traditional high schools wrong, including family members who constantly compared him to his older brother.
Javanney and his mother Elaine McIntosh at his
graduation ceremony.
“It took determination. It took dedication to your work. [I] had to have a mindset that I wanted to be successful. I wanted to prove the entire Jamaica wrong, that good can come out of Clan Carthy and I really wanted to prove my family wrong that I am up to the standard of my brother and I am better than my brother. And I did prove that,” he said.
“At one point I obtained an 88 per cent average and they were saying that my 88 per cent here was 20 per cent at KC, so I really wanted to prove them wrong. That drove me to just push myself,” he continued.
An integral part of his success, Javanney says, has been the competitive but loving relationship between himself and his older brother.
“My brother also played an integral role in making me into who I am today. He has always been setting standards for me to break. He has always been there for me when I needed him, he has never told me ‘No’. I think he was very interested in my well-being and education as much as my parents and myself. I always refer to him as my ‘local father’ due to fact he plays the fatherly role in the absence of my father. I love him and he has always motivated me to just do me and aim high, and he is a part of the reason for my success in the recent CSEC exams,” said Campbell.
Attaining this success was not easy, however. Not only did the 16-year-old have to contend with the negative stigma attached to his school, he recalled days in lower forms where there was no lunch money for him to attend classes.
Javanney Campbell and Clan 
Carthy Principal
Hazel CameronMichael Gordon
“I was very poor. On some days I didn’t have lunch money but my grandmother was there. My grandmother would always give me $100 to go to school. That was just my bus fare just to come to school, up to nine grade,” said the teen who lives in Bull Bay, St Andrew.
“But I came here and did my best,” he continued.
In addition to regular timetabled lessons, he attended review classes at school and woke up in the wee hours of the morning to complete assignments, all of which helped him to prepare for the exams. He also maintained a balance between his academics and the many extra-curricular involvements he was a part of. He was president of the JPS Energy Club and the Debate Club and was also a member of the Interact Club and Spanish Club. This, while being a senior prefect. How did he balance his school work, co-curricular involvements and his student leader responsibility? Javanney said he focused on the tasks that were most urgent first.
“I just tried my best to devote time. When things are to be done, I tried my best to get it done,” he said.
And although the young man has consistently performed well, he didn’t think he could have produced as good a result as he did.......His list of intra-school awards include subject prizes, principal’s honour roll, top student and the title of Mr Clan Carthy in 2015. Externally, he has won the Peace and Love Academic Scholarship three times (2014, 2015, 2016), won gold medal at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commision festival competition in 2014 and was selected last year to participate in an exchange programme between Jamaica and China. more

JAMAICA OBSERVER : Dyslexic student & 3-time PALAS recipient, Damion Lawrence on the verge of obtaining law degree....The humble and hard working Lawrence, who at age 11 could not read, has been using his story to motivate others.

Monday, September 5, 2016 by Renae Dixon of Jamaica Observer - PALAS Student News
Damion Lawrence did not believe that he would be able to complete his law degree programme at
the University of the West Indies (UWI).
LAWRENCE... I surprised myself (Photo: Renae Dixon)
He was struggling to pay the tuition and equally could not always retain what was being taught as quickly as he needed to. However, several scholarships and sheer determination changed that process, thereby allowing Lawrence to reach his final year. “All this has taught me is that you have to be determined and trust God; I saw Him (God) really working,” Lawrence said.
He explained that just when he thought he would have to drop out of the programme, he received much needed assistance through scholarships, including a bursary from First Regional Cooperative Credit Union.
“Even now I can’t believe I am going into my final year.
“As they say, the hardest part is starting,” Lawrence said.
The young man who suffers from dyslexia, and who spent several years at the primary and high school level in special education programmes, wants his success to motivate students now in similar situations.
“If I can do this, you can too,” Lawrence said.
“I surprised myself,” he added.
Lawrence told the
Jamaica Observer North and East that last semester he was able to score four A’s and a B+.
“I am looking forward to finishing my degree, and it is my hope to go on to the Norman Manley Law School,” he said with strong conviction.
The humble and hard working Lawrence, who at age 11 could not read, has been using his story to motivate others. He now assists students and enjoys going back to his alma mater, Edgehill School of Special Education, to speak to students.
The young man from Farm Heights in St Ann has been an inspiration to many who know of his circumstances and how he has managed to overcome them.
“What kept me going is that when people just try to tell you that you cannot do it, I just want to prove them wrong. more

JAMAICA OBSERVER : PALAS awarded 102 scholarships at Pegasus in Kingston... Hon. Floyd Green & Attorney Patrick Campbell Gave Inspirational Speeches.

Published by Jamaica Observer September 5, 2016
The Peace and Love Academic Scholarship (PALAS) awarded scholarships to 102 students from high school and tertiary institutions at the Jamaica Pegasus on August 13, the highest number in its seven-year history.
102 PALAS awardees in 2016
Awards in the previous five years totalled 384, with a value of approximately JA$23 million (approx. US$184,000.00).
PALAS was launched in 2010 in memory of then 18-year-old Vanessa Campbell, an aspiring artiste who was found behind the Greater Portmore Post Office in St Catherine with her throat slashed.
Jamaican-born Washington DC Attorney-at-Law Patrick Campbell, who shared keynote address duties with junior education minister Floyd Green, spoke of his childhood in Mountain View where he said he saw dead bodies on a weekly basis. While such scenes of violence can be detrimental to a child, he argued, it can be overcome. That, he said, was his reason for supporting the scholarship programme. “Growing up in Mountain View as a boy, I watched a lot of violence. Growing up I was scared,” he said detailing some experiences.
Hon. Floyd Green, PALAS Founder Rula Brown
& Attorney Patrick Campbell
Campbell, a past student of Jamaica College, was the only black lawyer in a Washington office when he emigrated to the US and took a job with a federal judge.
“It is good to leave all the partying for a later time. Spend time with your books now and later you can party all you want. It will come,” Campbell cautioned the students.
Before closing he offered some tips on keeping heads above the water and achieving goals. Among those he listed were: don’t let anyone else set your limits, only you are the decider of your own future; don’t let your history determine your future; and emulate successful people.
For his part, the minister praised PALAS for its role in helping to push education.
Clifton Edwards presents to  Fabia Dev-Ann Linton
“Education is the vehicle to be successful,” he said, adding that it will take real partnership not only with Jamaica but also with the diaspora.
In that regard, Green said the difficulties being faced by non-profit organisations in the diaspora which bring in charitable goods should not be occurring and added that “(Government) was looking at how to make it easier for those who want to (donate) books and other things to the education process”.
“If you do all the hard work, send your product, we can take care of the rest,” he told the gathering of students, parents, PALAS directors and friends.
PALAS reported that 22 students who have been in its programme for the past five years graduated with their university degrees in 2016, including six medical doctors, seven lawyers and seven fine artists. Please donate at to support the program.
Thirty-five PALAS students have now graduated from university, the Atlanta-based non-profit declares on its website. “The goal is to award 120 new ones in 2017-18,” said PALAS. more

PALAS awarded 102 scholarships at Pegasus in Kingston on Saturday, August 13, 2016....384 scholarships over the past six (6) years valued over approx. JA$23.1 million. Goal is to award 120 new ones in 2017-18.

PALAS Supporter:

Thank you very much for the generous donations to  the PALAS students in 2016-17 academic year. 
The funds will support the students tuition, school fees, books etc.  

You are making a world of a difference for these students.  
PALAS awarded 384 scholarships over the past six (6) years to students in Jamaica/Caribbean  
including 102 new ones presented on August 13, 2016 at Pegasus Hotel in Jamaica.

The Hon. Floyd Green in the Minister of State in the Ministry of Education  & 
Attorney Mr. Patrick Campbell of Washington, D.C were the keynote speakers.

A total of 22 students who have been in the PALAS program for the past 5 years graduated with their 
university degrees in 2016; including  6 Medical Doctors, 7 Lawyers and 7 Fine Arts students.
Overall 35 PALAS students have now graduated from University. (See photos below).

PALAS is a Non-Profit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt entity as determined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). 

Please click the link below to view a thank you note. Also please continue to help us spread the word, 
our website is  (Please click link to view 45 secs PALAS thank you video)

102 PALAS Awardees with Hon. Floyd Green, Patrick Campbell & Rula Brown                                 

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       Over 325 attendees at Pegasus in Kingston        

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Hon. Floyd Green & Rula Brown Present Computers to 2016 Gold Star Performers,
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    Hon. Floyd Green, Rula Brown, Attorney Patrick Campbell & Jackie Brown
   Shanae T. Christian of Wolmers Girls & Ashleigh-Ann Dussard of UWI.   ( MUST WATCH Ashleigh-Ann Dussard's speech)