Jamaica Diaspora Day Live Online REWIND


A week ago JDTAN in association with Jamaicans.com hosted Jamaica Diaspora Day Live Online to highlight the extraordinary work and contributions of the Diaspora in collaboration with Jamaica. The first-ever virtual and global all-day event of this nature, 11 sessions over 13 hours delivered by all the Jamaica Diaspora Taskforces along with many Diaspora organizations and partners in Jamaica. This was quite the undertaking, with over 110,000 engagements, reaches, views, and shares worldwide, we are proud that this collaborative effort was well received. Travel restrictions have created virtual opportunities to share information that we normally travel to Jamaica every other year to the conference to receive. It was also wonderful to see all the new and content-rich virtual sessions that were later added to further celebrate Jamaica Diaspora Day, the movement is alive and well.
If you missed Jamaica Diaspora Day Live Online,  not to worry, we've created a library of all the videos, session details and speaker bios, see links below. As an action network, our goal is always to mobilize and engage so these sessions are only the beginning, the recap also includes opportunities to engage. We hope you will volunteer where you are interested or able. Join one of our existing Jamaica Diaspora Taskforces or lead a new one, joinataskforce.jdtan.org.
Thanks, are in order to the Jamaica Diaspora Day planning team  (Rukie Wilson, Kimone Gooden, Karlene Largie, Donna Morton, Annakay Mcintosh.) And the Taskforce Leaders and their teams who organized sessions (Dr. Dwayne Dyce, Shirnett Bailey, Stephen Snider, Scherie Murray, Michelle Fanger, Dr. Beverly Gordon, Sherie Davis, Dr. Grethel Bradford as well as Xavier Murphy plus over 60 panelists and speakers,  see links below for photos and bios. Special thanks to our Opening and Closing ceremony guests and performers: MC-Dervan Malcolm of Power 106, Clinton Foundation CEO - Kevin Thurm,  Caribbean American Heritage Month Founder - Dr. Claire Nelson, second-generation Jamaican violinists - Sons of Mystro, Poet - Dr Sue, Blind singer extraordinaire - Candy Isaacs, Folk singer - Andrew Clarke of Braata and Adrianna Clark daughter of the famous William “Bunny Rugs” Clark. 
The work continues:
The Agriculture Taskforce has granted 3,000 trees to Farmers, in partnership with the Trees that Feed Foundation and the Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance.  This effort is led by Chair, Kimone Gooden 
The Education Taskforce will host the annual Advancement in Education Summit virtually in July. This will be led by Chair, Dwayne Dyce and Lesleyann Samuel
The Learning and Development Taskforce will hold a repeat session of the Future Ready Educators JAMINAR held on Diaspora Day; Due to the session reaching capacity as a result of the overwhelming interest.  JAMINARS are led by Chair, Ortavia Manning-Dixon
The LASCO Chin Foundation COVID Care package project JDTAN supports has now distributed over 14,000 packages. The project will expand to support back to school in a few weeks. This effort is lead by COVID Response Taskforce Chair, Sherie Davis
The Environment and Climate Resilience Taskforce is co-organizing a Caribbean Tree planting competition in collaboration with the Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance. This effort is led by Co-Chair, Stephen Snider
The Youth Policy and Advocacy Leader Taskforce held a successful Diplomacy Day event with the Institue of Caribbean Studies this week. The team is focused on diplomacy recommendations to shape policy around Caribbean engagement as part of H.R. 4939. This effort is led by Chair, Scherie Murray
Plus additional projects  and initiatives from other Taskforces in the network later in the summer
It is only suitable for this celebration to wrap up, how it started, with a new poem by Dr. Sue written in honor of Diaspora Day. It was actually written during the sessions and performed at the closing ceremony. See the video link below. 
We look forward to your continued support, participation, and partnership in service to our beloved country. 
Stay safe,
Chairman, JDTAN
Jamaica Diaspora Day Live Online REWIND
Opening Ceremony
MC: Power 106 Broadcaster, Dervan Malcom plus keynotes and greetings from Leaders and Partners
--Recorded Broadcast
--Session Speakers and Bios
Heroes in Education
This session will cover the many areas where Education impacts lives and communities throughout the Diaspora. 
--Recorded Broadcast
--Session Speakers and Bios
*ACTION: Join the Education Taskforce and help with the Advancement in Education Summit in July or volunteer to teach an upcoming JAMINAR
Youth Leadership across the Diaspora
This panel highlights the efforts of leaders across the Caribbean region. Learn about the Caribbean Tree Planting Project, the Kingston Shapers, the Caribbean Youth Environment Network, and Youth Policy Advocacy and Leaders.  
--Recorded Broadcast
--Session Speakers and Bios
*ACTION: Pledge to Plant trees or support the Advocacy efforts for H.R. 4939
Media and the Diaspora - Resources to get the word out
This session answers the following questions: How do you get information out to the Jamaican community? What types of platforms are available? Is the media reaching 2nd and 3rd generation Jamaicans? 
--Recorded Broadcast
--Session Speakers and Bio
The Future Job Industry: Finding Opportunities and Building Networks:
Discussion around the Future of Work.
Positioning yourself for Opportunities, and the value of Networking 
--Recorded Broadcast
--Session Speakers and Bios
Meet the Worldwide Diaspora
Jamaicans are everywhere! Literally.
Learn about the various organizations all across the globe
--Recorded Broadcast
--Session Speakers and Bio
Jamaica's Deaf and Other Abled Communities
Developing a culture of Inclusion: Bringing awareness to the Deaf and Other Abled Communities In Jamaica. 
--Recorded Broadcast
--Session Speakers and Bios
ACTION: Join the Parenting and Other Abled Taskforce and help design initiatives to support these communities
Legal Forum – Be in the Know
This session provides vital legal information. Topics include: Elder Law, Estate Planning and Probate, Family and Immigration. The panel consists of attorneys practicing in USA and Jamaica.  
--Recorded Broadcast
--Session Speakers and Bios
*ACTION: Join the Legal Sector Support and Immigration Taskforce and help support upcoming Legal Clinics
Health: Making a difference through Collaboration
A celebration of achievements in Healthcare. Progress through collaboration between the Diaspora and Jamaica. 
--Recorded Broadcast
--Session Speakers and Bios
*ACTION: Join the Health Taskforce and support initiatives for Jamaica's Health sector. 
Citizen Security and Safety presentation and discussion and Closing session
Brigadier Williams and guests review the Citizen Security Plan (CSP) and related initiatives. 
--Recorded Broadcast
--Session Speakers and Bios
*ACTION: Join the Citizen Security and Safety Taskforce and support upcoming projects with the Ministry of Security.

 Jamaica Diaspora Day  - Diaspora a We part 2
Written and Performed by Dr. Sue

Leo Gilling
Miramar, FL 
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JDTAN is a network of 15 sectoral focused Diaspora Taskforces with members across 21 countries. Taskforces have been operating for the past seven years as a collaborative approach to engage, and mobilize the Jamaican Diaspora to join forces and support Jamaica in achieving Jamaica Vision 2030 and UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs.)

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31 Jan 2022