Leo Gilling

CCM and JDTAN partner to present – Virtual Research Day 2021

The Catholic College of Mandeville (CCM) in collaboration with the Jamaica Diaspora Education Taskforce (JDETF) will host a Virtual Research Day, under the theme: Cultivating 21st Century Citizens for Global Impact; Research Matters! on Thursday, March 25, 2021. CCM PresidentRead More

Jamaica’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor-Mckenzie to deliver Keynote at Virtual Health Summit

November 12, 2020 – The Jamaica Diaspora Health Taskforce, one of the 15 sectoral-based Taskforces in the Jamaica Diaspora Taskforce Action Network (JDTAN) will host its First Annual Health Summit under the theme Promoting Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan.Read More

CCM and JDTAN partner to deliver Early Childhood Conference​

October 29, 2020 – The Catholic College Of Mandeville (CCM) in collaboration with the Jamaica Diaspora Education Taskforce (JDETF) will host a Virtual Early Childhood Conference, under the theme: Technology: A bridge to Successful Virtual Early Childhood Learning on Wednesday,Read More

Diaspora Back to School Supplies Drive raises $14k

The Back To School Supplies Drive which ran from August 15 to September 12, 2020, was a huge success! Thanks to several Diaspora organizations, partners, and individual donors, donations exceeded approximately 14k USD and were used exclusively to purchase schoolRead More

Early Detection Saves Lives

On a flight back from New York in late April 2013; I reflected on the week I just spent with my mother and my sisters Sonia and Sharon. But my reflection was mostly on Sharon, the sister I followed asRead More

Diaspora Engagement for Jamaica’s Growth and Development

September 14, 2020 – The Jamaica Diaspora Taskforce Action Network (JDTAN), the sector-based network with members across 21 countries, will host its Annual General Meeting (AGM) under the theme Reflections from Our Partners: Diaspora Engagement for Jamaica’s Growth and Development.Read More

The Jamaica Diaspora Health Taskforce rolls out a series of online Seminars

August 17, 2020 – The advent of the novel coronavirus has brought a halt to many pre-approved plans for 2020 and has made it virtually impossible to execute the usual health missions to Jamaica every year. The Jamaica Diaspora HealthRead More

Back to School Supplies Drive

Following the success of the COVID-19 Care package project which to date has distributed over 14,000 packages, JDTAN and partners will be supporting the  Crime Prevention and Community Safety branch of the Ministry of National Security’s Back-to-school initiative to provideRead More

Jamaican Organizations In Canada To Celebrate 58th Year of Independence

On August 6 – 8, 2020, Jamaican organizations across Canada will come together to celebrate Jamaica’s 58th year of Independence in a special three-day event! This year, due to the ongoing pandemic, celebrations could not be held in person asRead More

Buju Wins Jamaica Festival Song Competition 2020

Just in case you missed all the headlines, Buju Banton was voted the winner of the 2020 JCDC Festival Song Competition! The last time I was so excited about Festival was in 1984, which was also the year I migrated. IRead More

The Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force hosts its first-ever Virtual Advancement in Education Summit

July 3, 2020 – The Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force (JDETF) will host its Virtual Advancement in Education Summit on July 7-9, 2020. The annual flagship event is JDETF’s fifth summit and its first virtual staging since its inception inRead More

A gathering of historic proportions – Jamaica Diaspora day Live Online Virtual Celebration

A gathering of historic proportions, Jamaica Diaspora day was the first-ever virtual and global all-day event of this nature, which saw the broadcast and streaming of eleven (11) consecutive sessions throughout the day live on Facebook platform, OneLoveJamaica. EachRead More

The Diaspora Movement, A Walk Down Memory Lane

The first time I became aware of the word “Diaspora,” I received a letter from the Jamaican Embassy inviting me to attend a conference being held in Jamaica in the early 2000s. Like the other participants, I responded positively andRead More