On behalf of the staff of the High Commission, the heads and
staff of the offices of the Government of Jamaica in Canada, our Honorary
Consuls, and my own family, I extend warmest Christmas greetings to all
Jamaicans across Canada. Celebrations at
this time become even more meaningful as, in the spirit of generosity and
goodwill, we find creative ways to incorporate the flavours and tastes of
Jamaica into Christmas in Canada, making it a truly memorable and warm occasion
in spite of the temperatures outside.
For many, the Yuletide season and the dawning of a New Year bring
families, friends and loved ones together to share in the joy and love that so abound
during this time of year. Let us always
remember the true meaning of Christmas and take the opportunity to express
gratitude for successes during the
course of the year, always remembering those in need. As we reflect on the challenges of 2016, let
us also consider how these can become opportunities in the New Year.
Jamaicans in Canada were all heartened and proud as we revelled
in the achievements of our male and female athletes who represented Jamaica
magnificently at the Rio Olympic Games in August. We are thankful that Jamaica was spared the
ravages of Hurricane Matthew and joined in rendering assistance to our
Caribbean sister nation which was severely affected. We celebrated with
Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora who were awarded with National Honours, for
their invaluable contribution and service to the development of Jamaica. We also welcomed ministerial visits to Canada
which elaborated on initiatives for improved diaspora engagement especially
with the younger generation; increased support for the health and education
sectors in Jamaica and opened and explored new opportunities for tourism and investment.
For the many Jamaicans in the Diaspora, who now call Canada
home, your continued commitment, dedication and selfless gifts of benevolence
to Jamaica have done much to enhance the quality of life of fellow Jamaicans and reinforced the economic
and social development of our beloved
country. Thank you all for your support.
I wish to convey my own appreciation to members of the
Jamaican Diaspora and the network of Honorary Consuls in Canada for the many
ways in which you have supported the work of the High Commission throughout the
year. Your continued engagement and
collaboration will be vital as we implement activities in 2017 in support of
sustainable growth in Jamaica. In 2017,
we will also observe the 55th Anniversary of National Independence
which will coincide with the 150th Anniversary of the Confederation
There is much to look forward to in the coming year so, as
you enjoy the festivities of the Season, may the joy and peace of Christmas be
with you and your families.
Have a wonderful and blessed New Year!