Palisadoes Co-Op Credit Union and ECC host Men’s Day on International Day of Peace

With a focus on violence not being the solution or the resolution, the Palisadoes Co-Op Credit Union Limited in partnership with Excelsior Community College (ECC) hosts Men’s Day on International Day of Peace on Thursday September 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on its main campus. The theme of the event is, Watch Yuh Flex. Nuh Badda Vex. MAN UP!!!

According to general manager of the Palisadoes Co-Op Credit Union Ltd Maxine Wilson, “This event is a timely intervention that targets men in the surrounding districts of Mountain View to assist with their holistic development and empowerment.”

“It is really an empowerment event to provide solutions and resolutions to their issues including employment, conflict resolution and skills training,” she said.

“The staging of the event is the first step in engaging male residents, providing career counseling and the necessary skills and other training required; after which we will provide financial support to those qualified,” she continued.

Miss Wilson also stated that Palisadoes Co-Op Credit Union Ltd will assist with entrepreneurship training and provide support to their (male residents) micro businesses until each owner is able to operate on his own.

The day will also feature counseling services; applications for passport and birth certificates; health checks and motivational sessions.

Specially invited guests include Honourable Donna Parchment, Political Ombudsman and Patron of the event; Member of Parliament for St. Andrew East Central, The Honourable Fayval Williams; Councillor Andrew Swaby (representing Julian Robinson, Member of Parliament for St. Andrew South Eastern); motivational speaker Michael Maragh as well as Dr. Leachim Semaj.

Other entities participating in this outreach event include Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ), HEART Trust/NTA, Registrar General’s Department (RGD), Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), Social Development Commission, Sol Petroleum Jamaica Limited, Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF) and the Peace Management Initiative (PMI).

Mr. Philmore McCarthy, principal of Excelsior Community College welcomed this partnership and stated, “This initiative between ECC and Palisadoes Co-Op Credit Union Ltd reflects our vision of transforming lives and nurturing global citizens. It is one of the many partnerships between ECC and corporate Jamaica in fulfilling our key strategic objectives of meeting the needs of the communities that the College serves.”

The event’s ultimate aim is to empower men in the districts of Mountain View to manage their own affairs.

The event is open to men who live and work in the districts of Mountain View.