Back: Millie James, Samantha Thomas, June Ferguson, Louise Johnson, Dorlisa Cassanova, Winsome Plummer, Betty Townsend , Grace Campbell, Elene Witter Front: Orville Castillo, Doreen Watson, Chris Garwood, Rushelle Irons-Vamos, Mahon Anderson, Bill DeLisser

OUR BEGINNINGS

The Jamaica Foundation (Hamilton) came into being in August 1992 when a group of Jamaicans residing in Hamilton, led by Ladnor S. DeLisser, then President, decided to celebrate Jamaica’s thirtieth anniversary of independence. The Foundation was incorporated in June 2000 as a non- profit Ontario Corporation (#001422137). It is a non- denominational organization dedicated to serving primarily, the interest of the Jamaica community in Hamilton and surrounding regions, and takes a keen interest in community endeavours. It also supports as many causes as possible, from disaster relief to acknowledging outstanding achievements to coming to the aid of individuals in distress.

The Jamaica Foundation also takes a keen interest in the welfare of our fellow Jamaicans who live in their island home. Since its inception, the Foundation has pledged its financial and moral support to the Jamaica National Children’s Home for abandoned children in Mona, Kingston, Jamaica. The home provides life- affirming life skills programs for children. The program continues to produce outstanding results.

MAIN ACTIVITIES

  • Fall Banquet: Which occurs yearly and in honour local Jamaicans for their contribution to the Canadian and Jamaican communities. Occasionally, students graduating from post-secondary schools are also recognized.
  • Cultural Events: Such as Jamaica Night, which features dancing to the oldies, in a relaxed atmosphere.
    We also exhibit products and crafts on display for patrons to view.
  • Summer Picnic: Held every year where we share delicious food, games and have a lot of fun.

The Jamaica Foundation also takes a keen interest in the welfare of our fellow Jamaicans who live in their island home. For over twenty-two years, the Foundation has pledged its financial and moral support to the Jamaica National Children’s Home for abandoned children in Mona, Kingston, Jamaica. The institution provides life- affirming life skills programs for children. The program continues to produce outstanding results.