Valuable work carried out in communities cannot be overstated, says Minister of Commerce and Industry and St. James South MP Donville Inniss, and more can be done to assist those in need.
He made the point while delivering the feature address during the inaugural Spirit Of St. James South Awards Ceremony at Bagatelle Great House on Sunday night.
He said both the elderly in the community and the youth needed to be looked out for.
“As people cry out and condemn young people, I say to the entire country, remember it takes a village to raise a child.
If you see deviant behaviour among young people, do not believe it’s only the teachers in the school system who can address it. It is those of us who are responsible adults who must set the example and also provide the disciplined environment for the young people we are asking for,” he said.
“So when you see the elderly in the community having their challenges, remember that some day you may get old and remember it is your duty to treat others as you wish yourself to be treated,” he added.
Inniss said he was proud of the work many of those in his constituency had been doing.
“There are so many people in St. James South who have made significant contributions to the avenue that they live on – young people in the community, to the church, to sport activities – and they have all done it without asking for anything in return.
At the community level, we need men and women of strong character, the highest level of integrity and the willingness to go beyond the comfort zone of their homes to build stronger communities.”
The ceremony was also attended by Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development Steve Blackett, who assisted in presenting some of the 30 people with awards under the categories of Unsung Hero, Youth Achievement and Stalwart.