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Wag Water Valley Development Committee Awards Community Pioneers


Wag Water Valley Development Committee Awards Gala 2012

Wag Water Valley Development Committee Awards Gala 2012

Tapioca Village Retreat was buzzing with excitement, achievement and expectation on Sunday, November 4, 2012.

It was hosting the 1st Annual Wag Water Valley Development Committee Award Gala.

Twenty Seven (27) of the various communities stalwarts were awarded for their invaluable civic contributions.

The list included teachers, artisans, entrepreneurs, students and leaders in the ecumenical fraternity.

It's founding fathers, Mr. Oswald Ayre - prominent resident of Friendship Gap and retired senior police officer, and Mr. Errol Sinclair Snr., respected resident of Devon Pen and Operator of Tapioca Retreat, were given special mentions.

Presenters included Mrs Diana McIntyre-Pike from Countrystyle Caribbean Vacations & Tours and Villages as Businesses Programme - CCTN's Community Tourism Project, Mr. Wellesley Gayle, Founder & CEO of and Assistant Commissioner of Police in Jamaica, Mr. Elan Powell who was the guest speaker.

In her presentation, Ms McIntyre-Pike announced that the Wag Water Valley Development Committee will be included as one of the 36 pilot communities, selected for the Communities As Businesses program.

She mentioned that sustainable peace will only be realized if persons are train and develop to realize their full potential. She chided those young men who are living loosely and who are not taking up their rightful places in society.

She also suggested that communities don't focus on jobs, but more on entrepreneurship because of the obvious benefits - personal, economical and societal.

Mr. Wellesley Gayle congratulated the recipients and applauded the organization on their bold and innovative initiative. He encouraged them to become a beacon for the rest of St. Mary and Jamaica to follow.

ACP Elan Powell saluted the community initiative and encouraged them to be steadfast in the efforts to reduce crime and don't be cowards, even against the background that St. Mary has realized a 17% reduction in crime.

He listed some recommendation to reduce crime, which includes the setting up neighborhood watches.

Mr. Issa Jaggan, an award recipient and principal of the Castleton Primary and Junior High, thanked the committee on behalf of the awardees.

A recording of the function can be seen on this youtube video.

About Wag Water Valley Development Committee

The Wag Water Valley Development Committee was incorporated on June 15, 2012 with the vision of creating opportunities for the members of its
fifteen (15) communities in the south eastern area of St. Mary - commonly referred to as the Castleton Area.

These communities include Golden Valley, Castleton, Grandyhole, Gibb's Hill, Scott's Hall, Friendship Gap, Devon Pen, Broadgate and others.

A meeting was held to determine an appropriate name for the organization which spans all these communities and the Wag Water Valley Development Committee was born. All the communities targeted share one thing, The Wag Water Valley River.

Mr. Errol Sinclair and Mr. Oswald Ayre are it's founding fathers.

Address: Friendship Gap District, Castleton P.O, St. Mary
Tel: 876-402-3112
Facebook: WagWaterValleyDeveopmentCommittee

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Nov 19, 2012
Thank You John

Thanks John for the positive comments. And Wag Water Valley Development Committee thank you too.

Nov 14, 2012
Big Up for Authentic Jamaica!
by: John Blenkiron

Big Up to Wag Water Development Committee for their enthusiastic approach to presenting the rich experience and beauty of the parish of St.Mary. Although the region is like the garden of Eden it is such people as these community pioneers that make the visitor truly welcome.

Thank you Wellesley for bringing such gems as the Tapioca Village Retreat and other treasures of St.Mary to our attention via My-Island-Jamaica.Your web site truly shares the uniqueness of Jamaica with the world.

Thank you also to Diana McIntyre-Pike for promoting the CountryStyle Community Network which also encourages visitors to enjoy the authentic Jamaican lifestyle experience. Her tireless efforts over the years have opened the eyes of many visitors to a rich and memorable Jamaican experience.

Nov 14, 2012
Proud Jamaican Living Overseas
by: Wesley

I'm so proud to be a Jamaican and a native of the Wag Water Valley area.I'm particularly proud of Mr.Errol Sinclair Sr.(my brother)and Mr.Oswald Ayre for initiating this colaborated effort to make the area more progressive and revelant.If this community model is duplicated throughout the island,the country we know and love will once again be the jewel of the Caribbean and the envy of the world.Never understimate the "Jamaican Brand".

Reminiscing in nostalgia includes brunch at Tapioca Village,hot hard dough bread,outings at Castleton Gardens,catching crawfish,Mail Bus,Willie the motorcycle police officer,sugar cane stacked on the side of the road,people walking to church on Sunday.....oh nothing like the good old days! (

Nov 14, 2012
An initiative worth duplicating.
by: Microdac

Building a community (tourism) based on their own initiative, resources and entrepreneurship is an idea that every country could and should adopt. I see the WWVDC being the world-wide success that that are planning to be.

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