Yesterday the Gleaner ran an article about how YOU’s doors will remain open despite our lack of funding. It was written by a young reporter named Alessandro, who I’ve gotten to know as he seems to be on our ‘beat’ now. He’s quite good, and fair, except he got both my name wrong, as well as that of my colleague. To give him the benefit of the doubt, it could have been the copy editor’s fault. In any case, he called last Friday to get an update on our situation. Mrs. Scott couldn’t talk to him so I did the interview. It is always so bizarre to be on the other side of the phone, being interviewed. And having a story to get out there, with a very particular angle. But we are happy with Alessandro’s story. It is actually quite busy at work today. And some good news! One of the youths has been searching for a job for awhile now. He came in today and told me he may have a job after he clears a police check. This is wonderful news- he is a very bright guy and his girlfriend is expecting a baby girl in a few months.
"And all I offer here is the distilled poetry of my existence..."
Claude McKay, Poet Laureate of Jamaica, 1889-1948
I have been a reporter since 1998, covering mainly business and politics. My work has appeared in a large number of publications in Canada, the U.S. and Jamaica. I have also capitalized on the many skills journalism requires to become an all-around communications specialist. My clients have included both the public and private sector, non-profit and academia.
In addition to being a professional curious person and communicator, I have a bad case of the travel bug and can't seem to stay put. Finally, I have put my skills to work as a volunteer in the community wherever I have lived. Now, follow me as I combine these compartments of my life in Kingston, Jamaica, where I will be a volunteer with CUSO International.
I am working in Kingston with YOU Jamaica, a non-profiit organization that does mentoring and career counselling with the country's youth. CUSO is an international agency that places professionals in communities where they work to promote sustainable development.
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