Marie Atkins, Former Mayor of Kingston & St. Andrew

by Eartha Osbourne
(St. Andrew, Jamaica)

Marie Atkins, C.D.J.P.

Marie Atkins, C.D.J.P.

Famous and Notable Jamaicans: Marie Atkins

Mayor Marie Atkins was the 3rd female mayor for Kingston & St. Andrew, Jamaica and is the longest serving mayor to date for Kingston & St. Andrew.

She is the first Jamaican to become the President of the World Conference of Mayors.

She was instrumental in establishing the Marie Atkins Night Shelter for the homeless in downtown Kingston's Hanover Street.

She established the K.S.A.C. parking lots throughout New Kingston.

She established the Marie Atkins Basic School and the Balmagie Day Care Centre from her own private means.

She was instrumental in raising funds for the Balmagie Primary School. She was the recipient of many awards and honors:

- Order of Distinction (Commander Class) for outstanding and important service to Jamaica (1992)

- The Iris King Award from the Jamerican United Nationals Association (1992)

- The Medallion of Honorary Deputy Maayor of Guadeloupe (1986)

- The Right Honourable Marcus Garvey Award and others

She is the Honorary Citizen of the following Cities:

New Orleans, United States of America - 1989
Alabama, United States of America - 1995
Shenzhen, Republic of China - 1995
Jerusalem and others

And the list goes on about Marie Atkins which you can obtain from the JIS or KSAC.

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Feb 26, 2014
Book On Marie Atkins (She loved the poor)
by: Eartha Osbourne

Hi Wellesley,

Thank you so much for the insert of Marie Atkins, C.D., J.P. Former Mayor of Kingston & St. Andrew into the "Famous Jamaicans" page.

It is so sad that there are so many Jamaicans who have made positive contributions to Jamaica and it's people and have never received credit and goes unknown to the public.

Mrs. Atkins is one of few politicians in this country that really did something for poor people and the Marie Atkins Shelter for the homeless is living proof, not to mention the Marie Atkins Basic School and Balmagie Day Care Center that she established from her own pocket.

In addition, the Mayor's annual Christmas Dinner for the indigent was started by Mrs. Marie Atkins and continues to date.

There are so much wonderful information about this woman, if you are interested to learn more about her there is a book that was done on her "The City of Kingston, A Review of the Administration of Her Worship Councillor Marie Atkins, CD, JP, Mayor of Kingston, Progress Through Service 1989 - 1996".

This gives full details of her achievements during her tenure as mayor during those periods and there is another one that followed from 1996 to 2003 when she retired in 2003.

JIS should have copies of them. These are books that should be in book stores and libraries as well. She left a wonderful legacy, God bless her soul.

Thank you again and please keep me up to date.

Best regards,
Eartha Osbourne

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