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Shining Our Light - An Anthology of Poems Stories and Reflections on our Journeys - cover

Shining Our Light - An Anthology of Poems Stories and Reflections on our Journeys

Courtney Smith

Publisher: Self Publishing Partnership

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Summary

This book is an innovative blend of inspiring poems, short stories, blogs and tips for success. It represents the collective effort of 23 alumni (Form 4b, Year 1974) of Manchester High School, Jamaica. The golden thread running through the pages is the school’s motto – Sic luceat lux (Let your light so shine). It will be apparent to readers that the contributors have all been shining their light and continue to do so even after many have retired from professional life. True to the values of their alma mater, they have developed and honed their knowledge in some of the most illustrious universities across the globe. They have studied and practiced their professions in Jamaica, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Norway, Switzerland, and as far afield as in Kenya and Australia. This cohort of alumni is distinguished in the fields of accountancy, art, banking, consultancy, economics, engineering, finance, government, healthcare, insurance, leadership, librarianship, management, marketing, public administration, teaching, theology, tourism, and much more. Some have amassed prestigious awards and gained national and international recognition for their achievements. This breadth of expertise makes the contributors well placed to offer guidance, success tips, and life skills for the benefit of children and readers of all demographics.

“This book is a real achievement Form 4B. You have let your light shine brightly in so many ways and in so many parts of the world – sincere congratulations to you all. Do you realise it is nearly 50 years since we were in that form room singing ‘Send down the rain’ in class assembly? I can see you now! I’m so proud of you!” Mrs Janice Hillary – Retired Teacher, Manchester High School, Mandeville, Jamaica.

“The team has taken on an exciting venture. I read the poems and find them to be very encouraging. I was reminded that one of the keys to success is to ‘plan the work and work the plan’.” Mr Alister Miller, Head of Guidance, Manchester High School, Mandeville, Jamaica.

“The light to do good and be better lives in all of us. When we let our light shine, we give license to others, and make room for them to shine. … Just imagine a world where we are all shining our own unique light.” Extract from Foreword by Ms Sandra M. Mitchell, Registered Professional Nurse and former Vice President of Medical Management for Healthcare Partners, New York, USA.

“Inspiring and insightful with tips, mindsets and techniques that will help you to achieve your goals.” Dr Cristina Perilla, Dental Surgeon, Nottingham, United Kingdom.

List of Contributors – Nadia Answer (deceased), Jennilyn Beckford-Hines, Sandra Marie Brown (McNamee), David Dawkins, Doreth Fisher, Andrea Gordon, Shelley King, Judy Lyew-Sang, Eli McDaniel, Sandra M. Mitchell, Clifton Morgan, Joseph Morgan, Andrea Marie Norman-McPherson, June Powell, Arlene Russell, Lorna Senior, Courtney Smith, Ray Smith, Calvin Sutherland, Livingstone Thompson, George Tulloch, Ann Warner, Constancia Whittingham, Beverley Williamson.

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