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Impacting Jamaica

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There is an abundance of positives taking place across Jamaica and the diaspora. Impacting Jamaica is an initiative to provide exposure to positive happenings, acts of kindness, activities and investments positively benefiting communities at every level, across every sector – to inspire, motivate and excite people everywhere.

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205 Episodes
Are you curious about the decline in voter turnout during recent general elections in Jamaica? We certainly are! But fear not; we have an expert to break it down for you.Join us in this enlightening conversation as we sit down with Don Anderson, a seasoned professional pollster with over 52 years of experience in marketing and research.Have you ever wondered why Jamaicans are staying away from the polls? We are diving deep into the reasons, debunking myths, and shedding light on the factors that might be keeping our fellow citizens from casting their votes.But that's not all! We are not shying away from the tough stuff. Get ready for a candid discussion on topics like voter fraud, political corruption, and the efforts made by electoral bodies to clean up elections.Our goal? To arm you with knowledge! We want you to make informed decisions when it comes to voting. So, whether you plan to hit the polls or are still on the fence, this interview will equip you with valuable insights.And guess what? This is the brand-new Citizens Edition of the Impacting Jamaica podcast series, featuring two passionate Jamaican citizens on the panel. It is powered by the Flow Foundation. We are all about open dialogue and finding real solutions. Together, we can make a difference! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Prepare to be inspired by a remarkable faith, determination, and leadership journey! Join us in this captivating episode of Impacting Jamaica as we track the life story of a man who rose from humble beginnings to become a true visionary and servant of God.Earlmont Williams, hailing from the picturesque but economically challenged St. Vincent and the Grenadines, never envisioned himself on the path to becoming a devout Christian. As a young man, he admits that his initial motivation for attending a crusade was to mingle with friends and perhaps chat with some girls. Little did he know that this would be the turning point that led him to surrender his life to the Creator.Fast forward to today, and Rev. Dr. Earlmont Williams has achieved remarkable success in his academic and ministerial career. Since he arrived in Jamaica in 1997, he has held numerous senior positions within the church and at various tertiary institutions. Today, he proudly serves as the President of the prestigious Bethel Bible College of the Caribbean, where he once walked as a student 25 years ago.In this episode of Impacting Jamaica, our host, Keisha Hill, sits down with the inspiring Rev. Dr. Williams to explore the incredible trajectory of his life, from his modest beginnings in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to ascending to one of the highest leadership roles in both the academic and ministerial realms. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Today, as we pay tribute to the remarkable life and legacy of the Hon. R. Danny Williams, we remember a titan of Jamaican business, a visionary whose impact reverberated across all spheres of life in Jamaica. Mr. Williams, often called the Godfather of Jamaica's life insurance industry, left an indelible mark on the nation he loved so deeply. Mr. Williams died on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at 89.In a podcast interview from April 2021, Mr. Williams shared with us his unwavering passion for success and his profound commitment to uplifting those less fortunate. His journey was not solely about personal success; it was a testament to his dedication to the betterment of his beloved Jamaica.One of the most inspiring aspects of Mr. Williams' legacy was his tireless efforts to support education in Jamaica. He avidly supported his alma mater, Jamaica College, demonstrating his belief in the transformative power of education. Through scholarships and mentorship, he empowered countless young boys, especially those in his community, to aspire to greater heights.But his philanthropy extended far beyond the school gates. Mr. Williams was a beacon of hope for numerous charitable and non-governmental organizations, generously donating his time and resources. He was a man of action, not just words, exemplifying the true essence of giving back to one's community.As the former president, chief executive officer, and chairman of Sagicor Group Jamaica, Mr. Williams's impact on the business landscape was undeniable. He was not just a corporate leader but a visionary who saw the potential for growth and innovation in Jamaica's business sector. Under his leadership, Sagicor Group Jamaica flourished, contributing significantly to the nation's economic development.In that same interview, Mr. Williams revealed a remarkable insight into his character. He said that if allowed to start over, he would take an even bolder step towards serving his country. This sentiment encapsulates the essence of the man—an unwavering commitment to Jamaica's prosperity and a tireless dedication to making a positive difference in the lives of its people.Today, as we reflect on the life and achievements of the Hon. R. Danny Williams, we celebrate his remarkable business acumen and extraordinary heart. He was a beacon of hope, a symbol of excellence, and a true Jamaican patriot. His legacy will continue to inspire generations, reminding us of the power of vision, dedication, and the profound impact one person can make on a nation. Rest in peace, Mr. Williams, your legacy lives on in the heart of Jamaica.Listen to this podcast Mr. Williams did with host John Myers, Jr., in April 2021. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
The Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC) is engaged in an ongoing battle against heart disease in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean region.Situated in the vibrant city of Kingston, the Institute, under the visionary leadership of Dr. Ernest Madu, is spearheading a groundbreaking mission to ensure accessible and affordable cardiovascular care for all. Dr. Madu's exceptional expertise and qualifications have paved the way for innovative initiatives reshaping the landscape of heart health. One of the Institute’s most remarkable achievements is the democratization of cardiovascular care. The institute has taken proactive measures to make top-tier heart healthcare accessible to everyone, regardless of background. By providing comprehensive training to local talents, including budding physicians, the Institute has fostered a network of skilled professionals across the nation, reinforcing the healthcare infrastructure for the benefit of all citizens. Recognizing the geographical barriers that often hinder timely access to critical care, the Institute has established strategic centers in Mandeville and Ocho Rios. These centers have been strategically placed to alleviate the need for arduous travel to Kingston. The result? A smoother journey towards receiving essential cardiovascular treatment. In this episode of Impacting Jamaica Dr. Madu speaks with host Keisha Hill about the Institute’s work and plans for the future. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Calling all education enthusiasts and parents seeking the best for their children's growth and development! Get ready to enter an illuminating conversation that sheds light on the vital role of teachers as beacons of hope, the magic of playtime for academic success, and innovative ways to nurture social bonds amidst challenging times. In this repeat episode of Impacting Jamaica, join us in welcoming a true trailblazer in education, the esteemed Esther Tyson! With a remarkable journey as a former Vice Principal and Principal of prestigious schools in Jamaica, alongside her sought-after role as an education consultant, Mrs. Tyson's insights are a treasure trove of wisdom. Step into a world where teachers ignite hope in young hearts. Esther Tyson paints a vivid picture of educators' invaluable impact on Jamaica's children. From fostering a love for learning to instilling the values that shape future leaders, this discussion unveils the extraordinary contributions made by these unsung heroes. Hosted by the exceptional Shelly-Ann Harris, this episode of Impacting Jamaica promises an enriching dialogue transcending conventional educational paradigms. Whether you are a dedicated educator, an engaged parent, or an advocate for holistic learning, this conversation will spark inspiration and ignite fresh ideas. Hit that play button now! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Are you ready to break free from fear and unlock your full entrepreneurial potential? Join us in this empowering episode of Impacting Jamaica as we discuss the remarkable journey of Rashidi Thomas, the visionary behind Giftme.It's no secret that the fear of failure can paralyze even the most promising business ideas. Rashidi Thomas, the driving force behind Giftme, is here to challenge that notion. According to Rashidi, the reluctance to embark on the entrepreneurial journey often stems from the fear of stumbling along the way. But here's the truth: failure is an inevitable part of growth. In this discussion with host Tameka Gordon, Rashidi urges aspiring entrepreneurs to reimagine their approach to executing their business plans. He believes that success isn't just about following a linear path but embracing unpredictable twists and turns. Rashidi's invaluable insights shed light on the possibility that your business might not evolve exactly as you envisioned – and that's perfectly okay. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
This year, through its Brighter View Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, Courts Optical provided 220 students with brand-new eyeglasses to help enhance their general education. Regional Chain Manager for Courts Optical, Geaton Porter, speaks with Impacting Jamaica host Keisha Hill about his company’s initiative which was launched in 2018. Brighter View is a significant corporate social responsibility initiative for the Courts brand that continues to expand annually. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Krystal Tomlinson is a young Jamaican who transformed adversity into opportunity during the COVID-19 pandemic. When the pandemic hit, Krystal had only 500 Jamaican dollars in her bank account. With "no job, no income, no car, no house, only debt, and the responsibility of being the primary caregiver for my two-year-old daughter," she faced an uncertain future.However, Krystal possessed one invaluable asset—a side hustle as a public speaking coach. Realizing her passion's potential, she harnessed social media's power to turn it into a thriving business. Today, she proudly boasts of earning "200 times what I have even been paid by anybody else, all on my own effort."In this episode of Impacting Jamaica, we share her presentation at an event by telecommunications giant Flow Jamaica. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Captain Lesa Thomas, whose parents are from Jamaica, was born in London, England, has kept a close connection to Jamaica and generously supported several charity causes. She told Impacting Jamaica that one of the most crucial methods to create and preserve healthy communities is by helping others via charitable contributions. Lesa has partnered with the VM Group to open 70 save-only bank accounts for students at the Guys Hill Primary School in St. Catherine and was instrumental in the bank offering five scholarships to the students as well. Lesa also sponsors a house for sports day at Guys Hill Primary."I enjoy giving back and helping. I am inspired to do my best when I observe others appreciating life. She said, "I will try to give as much as I can so that it can change people's lives." Lesa shares more in this episode of Impacting Jamaica with host Tameka Gordon. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Technology expert Adrian Dunkley says businesses at every level must embrace artificial intelligence (AI) tools to improve efficiency and better serve their customers. He says, too, that entrepreneurs should be willing to take risks in the journey to remain relevant in the 21st-century environment but “make sure you can absorb the downside of that.” At StarApple AI, the team utilizes data analytics, artificial intelligence, and data science to reveal valuable insights for businesses. This ultimately aids in making informed decisions with the best possible outcomes. Dunkley, whose business recently opened a branch in the United States, offers guidance to those in business in this episode of Impacting Jamaica with host Keisha Hill. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Don Gittens is the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Manpower and Maintenance Services Limited, whose mission is “to provide solutions in facilities maintenance, workforce education and training, and outsourced services.” He takes over from Audrey Stewart-Hinchcliffe, who founded the company over 33 years ago. She remains chairman of the board of directors.When it comes to achieving his goals as a leader, Gittens places the utmost importance on the well-being of the people who work for the organization.He declares that the team is where leadership is built from the ground up. The CEO stresses the importance of showing others you have their backs when no one else will. “You will accomplish the level of productivity you seek,” argues Gittens as he emphasized the importance of taking care of the team. In this episode of Impacting Jamaica with host Tameka Gordon, the Manpower CEO points out that he will take “one percent of something rather than 100 percent of nothing”. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
The SafeSpot Helpline is a toll-free number that provides counselling to children and adolescents needing assistance with their mental, emotional, and social well-being.  According to the Office of the Children’s Advocate, many Jamaican children need this kind of support and dozens of them are accessing the service. “The overwhelming number of children who reached out to us leave with their issue resolved,” declared Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison.SafeSpot Helpline (888-723-3776) is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is staffed by intake officers, counsellors, and counselling psychologists. “It works. It’s confidential. It’s free. It’s supported by trained individuals,” emphasised Gordon Harrison.In this episode of Impacting Jamaica, the Children's Advocate talks with host Keisha Hill about the work of SafeSpot and she urges all to spread the word about this important service available to Jamaican children up to 17 years old. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Shanae Cooper Robinson, like many other females in her rural neighbourhood, did not wish to be associated with a negative stereotype. She desired change not only for herself but also for her family, notably her mother. She remained diligent and focussed, and now she is reaping the rewards of her dedication and labour. She currently undertakes multiple duties. She is a mentor, author, motivational speaker, and educator. Her latest book, From the Root to the Fruit: Rising Above Adversities, encourages readers to confront their challenges head-on and improve themselves. Cooper Robinson is an Executive Member of the Mentorship Association of Jamaica and a poet. In this episode of Impacting Jamaica with host Keisha Hill, she discusses her appreciation for the arts and what inspired her to become an author. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Nutrition is a vital component of health and development. Better nutrition is associated with more robust immune systems, safer pregnancies and deliveries, reduced risk of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and extended life spans.Against this background, the Jamaica Council of Churches has launched a programme called "Faith-Based Spaces for Healthy Food Patterns" with the goal of reducing the number of lifestyle-related maladies in places of worship. To avoid comorbidities and chronic diseases, which continue to be Jamaica's leading causes of mortality, Jamaicans are being urged to adopt a healthier diet. It is essential to maintain a public education campaign that promotes healthy eating habits.This episode of Impacting Jamaica, with host Keisha Hill, features Reverend Newton Dixon, General Secretary of the Jamaica Council of Churches. He provides additional information about the church's initiative, "Creating Faith-Based Spaces for Healthy Food Patterns." And the importance of maintaining a nutritious diet.  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
A Jamaican academic is enthused by artificial intelligence's potential for advancing society. Dr. Sheldon Campbell, a prominent scholar and author is excited about the prospective benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI).Dr. Campbell believes that many industries can benefit from the power of AI, particularly in terms of managing routine duties and increasing profitability, while taking precautions to mitigate risks.In his new book, 'Maximising Technology,' Dr. Campbell provides a comprehensive guide to improving society with ChatGPT and 250 other artificial bits of intelligence. Check out his insights in this informative conversation with host of Impacting Jamaica podcast series, Shelley-Ann Harris. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Ras Manga is of the opinion that music is an effective tool for swaying opinions. Because of this, he decided to start his own platform called Buss Dem Big in order to prevent the negative impacts that lude music or what he refers to as "noise" may have on young people who are easily influenced.Buss Dem Big is a programme that is now broadcast every week, and it has been instrumental in the process of locating and showcasing reggae music producers from all over the world. During this segment of Impacting Jamaica, Ras Manga and Tameka Gordon, host of the show, discuss a variety of topics, including Buss Dem Big. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Entrepreneurship provides Janal McLean with a means to put all of her ideas into practise, and she has a lot of them floating around in her head. McLean, who refers to themselves as a serial entrepreneur, places a strong emphasis on the value of conquering one's anxieties and taking a risk in order to pursue one's passion.She established her company, EZY Advertising Management, on the basis that assisting other micro-small-and medium-sized businesses is the most productive way for her to utilise her skills.McLean chats with host Tameka Gordon in this episode of Impacting Jamaica. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Author, guidance counsellor, and motivational speaker Kemone Francis is a multi-talented individual.Her story is living proof that educators play a critical role in identifying potentially difficult students and in guiding young people towards attaining their full potential.“One day while coming from under the mango tree, a teacher saw me and she said, ‘Kemone, that is not who you are. There is more to you than that. Those words convicted me.’”She is currently employed as a guidance counsellor and motivational speaker, both of which allow her to aid in "catching" young people. In this episode of Impacting Jamaica Kemone talks with host Tameka Gordon about her journey and the future. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Phyllis Thomas has spent over 45 years in the field of journalism. Her career allowed her a voice to help others and for this she is grateful. The lessons and guiding principles she gained over the years are contained in her book, ‘I Dare You – A Climb to the Pinnacle of Journalism.’ Even though she is now retired, Phyllis continues to make contributions to the world of journalism since the book she has just published is an invaluable resource for both seasoned journalists and those who are just beginning their careers. The book is also required reading for the general populace. For her, life is about never forgetting where you are from, finding your purpose and living that purpose and above all, remaining humble. Phyllis chats with host Tameka Gordon in this episode of Impacting Jamaica. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Errol Campbell's lifelong mission has been to encourage young people to realise their full potential. The top spelling bee instructor has produced more than 14 parish champions and five national champions in a row, making him the undisputed leader in the field. On the other hand, he maintains that "success is a process and not an event".He urges parents to encourage their children to be resilient in the face of adversity and to keep their eyes fixed on the prize, even if they are initially unsuccessful. "I think the lives of our children would be better if we could teach them to fail forward," he declares. Follow his story in this episode of Impacting Jamaica with host Tameka Gordon. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
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