Adventist Community Services Leader Awarded on Heroes Day

  •   France Chambers, Communication Director
  •  Friday, October 19, 2018


The greatest reward of the Christian’s labour lies in the hope of hearing the great “Well done” from the lips of Jesus. However, it is a welcome gesture when men recognize the sacrifice of service.


On National Heroes Day, October 15, 2018, Sister Dian Bernard of the St Elizabeth Community Service Federation was recognized by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) and the St. Elizabeth Municipal Council at Independence Park, Black River, St Elizabeth.


Her selfless service for the past 15 years in the area of community service was acknowledged by the national body during the annual event.


“I am thankful to God for this award,” said the graceful Sis Bernard “I am greatly humbled; I had no idea that this (the recognition service) was about to happen but I am thankful to God I serve from my heart. I feel a need to serve and to do good unto my fellow human beings at all times and so I give God all the Glory” she ended verbalizing her reaction to the award.


The long-standing Community Services leader and a church elder from the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Arlington was highlighted by the JCDC for superior commitment to her community, church and country.


“Mrs. Bernard finds happiness not in getting more in giving more,”  her profile noted, which was read during the presentation of the award “She has served the communities of Arlington, Williamsfield, Short Hill and Pedro Plains in St. Elizabeth relentlessly for the past 40 years. Her love for God is no secret and is quite evident through her 14 years of selfless service as a church elder in the Seventh-day Adventist Churches in Williamsfield and Arlington.”


Numerous members and pastors were in attendance at the service, showing support and appreciation for her commitment and dedication. 


"The entire parish is proud of her and commends her highly," said Pastor Delbert Brown.


The profile went on to mention her pioneering and continuous involvement in community services, prison ministry and education.

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