“The thing to do is to get organized. Keep separated and you will be exploited, you will be robbed, you will be killed. Get organized, and you will compel the world to respect you.” (Marcus Mosiah Garvey, ONH)
I am extremely honoured to serve this noble Institution, the Jamaica Institution of Engineers (JIE) as the newly appointed President for the period 2017/18. I take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the Past Presidents and their Councils for their leadership and contribution. On behalf of the new Council, we recognize the distinguished privilege and accept the responsibility that has been bestowed on us.
This year, the JIE is celebrating its 40th year under the theme “Engineering Our Future Through Celebrating Our Heritage”. Over the years we have significantly contributed to the development of our members, the profession and to nation building. We will continue our strong traditions of hosting our Annual Award Dinner & Gala, luncheons, workshops, seminars, Engineering Week and the production of the Annual Diary. There will be several new activities which are aimed at celebrating and empowering the members, as well as highlighting the work and profile of the organization. The Council intends to strengthen our means of communicating with members, and in return anticipate your input and feedback.
One of our early activities will be to honour our founding members at this year’s Annual Awards Dinner & Gala on November 25, 2017. The year’s activities are also intended to renew and energize our presence and role in the public domain, with the participation of all members; noting that “all can help, and we need all to help.” We look forward to hearing your ideas.
The JIE’s journey to date has fortunately not been a lonely one, thanks to our many partners, sponsors and well-wishers. We would like to thank all our stakeholders from the private and public sectors both local and international, who have continued to partner with us. The JIE values these relationships and look forward to the continued partnership.
Each one of us is charged to get involved to serve, and through service we will unite and grow. All are encouraged and invited to contribute and participate, whether it is your ideas, your time, your energy, your resources, always remember as “one, one coco full basket”, nothing given is too small or insignificant.
With our many talents and resources, the JIE’s impact and prominence will redound to the benefit of not only our members but the society at large. As we celebrate our first 40 years and look forward to the next 40 years, we must be sustainable in re-engineering and maintaining the “process flow from Aspiring Student to Engineering Fellow”. To this end therefore, I look forward to working with each and everyone one of you in all our various roles to move ahead as a united front, organized to contribute positively to our Jamaica, Land we Love.