Westmoreland Community Services Federation Celebrates Successful Expo

  •   France Chambers, Communication and Publishing Director
  •  Friday, November 2, 2018

The Westmoreland Community Services Federation is celebrating the successful hosting of their Expo, despite the effects of rain. On Sunday, October 14, 2018, scores of persons from within the Parish of Westmoreland converged at the Godfrey Stewart High School for the annual event.

 

The coordinators of the program were tempted to become discouraged due to the persistent rain but were more than happy for the consistent flow of patrons to the venue.

 

“While outdoor activities were affected by the rain, we had table games on the inside” said Sister Yvonne Thorpe-Sonlin, the Federation President, “Persons who attended had fun, listening to music, interacting with each other, viewing displays as well as selecting free items of clothing which were at their disposal” highlighted the Community Services President of the Parish.

 

Pastor Delgardo Black, who was on location, expressed his delight with the items that were on display and had high praise for the coordinators, and also noted a few of the positive implications of such a program.

 

“The Community Service spirit was strongly felt” reflected Pastor Black “The program brought on a nostalgic feeling; as the program was similar to ones I would have experienced when I just joined the church, many years ago. The community members have benefited tremendously from the expo” continued the Pastor of the Grange Hill District of Churches. He also noted that the skills and preparation that went into the displays, if transferred through training, could bring about entrepreneurial opportunities to local church members.

 

A number of damaged and old items were repaired and placed on display and some were also sold. Among the restored items, was an old chair that was awaiting removal by scrap dealers, but it was repaired and presented as a gift to the Conference President to be kept in his office at the West Jamaica Conference Headquarters.

 

There were also four professional chefs on location, who prepared sumptuous meals, that were highlighted by the patrons in attendance.

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