Look what we can do for our Village...together
For those in the Toronto area please consider attending this great event that raises money for marginalized youth in Trench Town Jamaica.
It is the season for rebirth and renewal. Blessings.
Valeite Dwight Jackson is Owner and Head Chef at Pepperpot restaurant in Milwaukee and his success has him expanding with another location! Congratulations on his success. Read about his expansion plans in the article link below.
Carey Escoffery is paving the way in Jamaica with the availability of electric powered vehicles. He has roots in Lluidas Vale as his father was born and bred there. Congrats and good luck Carey! We are proud of you.
Pictured: Carey (far left) and team with the Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica Emina Tudakovic.
In Canada, the month of February is dedicated to Black history. As part of Black History Month 2022, Kayla Escoffery the granddaughter and grand niece of two Valeites made an appearance on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation‘s kids channel to talk about Black history as well as the future. She appears at about 7:00 minutes in. Congrats Kayla!
Read this inspiring story of Lasania Rodney in the Jamaica Beacon.
We are proud to highlight the success of another Valeite. Lisa Reid, the daughter of long time LVRDF supporter Errol Reid has been chosen to head the specialty practice of Endocrine Surgery at Cooper University Health Care. We hope Lisa Reid’s success will inspire other young people to reach for the stars. This specialization will especially help those suffering with diabetes or hyperthyroidism among other ailments. Congratulations Lisa !
On Christmas Eve, some members of our LVRDF committee were in Jamaica to help distribute the annual Christmas Treat for the elderly and shut ins. This is a powerful program that helps those who are unable to get around, as well as those with limited means have a little something for Christmas. This is a program that is driven by membership contributions. Please take a look at how your membership or contributions make an impact. We thank those committee members that made the trip during these turbulent times. Have a blessed Christmas and stay safe.
Dear Fellow Members,
I sincerely hope you are all keeping well during this difficult health crisis.
This pandemic has put a pause on most charitable organization's work, including ours.
In-spite of covid 19, over the past eighteen months, we have managed to still help our community in small but significant ways.
Most recently, assistance with Miss Hall funeral expenses, Maldeanne Bedward (eye surgery) Omar Cooke (homelessness), Masks Donation and the Herby Fund.
Thanks again to those members whose personal donations made these projects possible.
So, again this year, we would like to carry out our annual Christmas treat for the elderly and shut-ins. If there are no objections, I will ask our Treasurer to send finds to the volunteer in the Village to purchase the food supplies for distribution in December.
I have already contacted the volunteers and they are willing and ready to get the project done.
Thanks to all that are involved and much blessings,
Ms. Nathlee Jones 1932-2021
Our beloved Village of Lluidas Vale has lost another one of its most loyal citizen.
Ms. Nathlee Jones passed away on September 25,2021; she surely will be sadly missed by the community.
Ms. Nathlee came from a family of educators. Her mother Ms. Will was a school teacher, she conducted one of two infant schools (kinder garden as it is called today) in the Village during the late forties, early fifties and sixties; where most kids of my generation received their early education. Ms. Will was also a music teacher.
Ms. Nathlee was also an elementary school teacher.
At the Anglican Church, she was a lay reader, rector’s warden, assistant treasurer, and a Sunday school teacher. She also served as a Justice of the peace in the Village for many years.
Her three sisters Millicent, Barbara and Elsa were also school Teachers at some time in the Village.
Ms.Nathlee was also a popular eulogist; she would attend most funerals in the Village and deliver the most eloquent eulogy when asked. Most times she had intimate knowledge of the bereaved family, since Lluidas Vale is a closely knit community.
She was a family friend, our Mother and she, served the Anglican Church for over seventy years. When our Mother passed away, she did a tribute to her; she captured her entire life with her choice of words and eloquent expressions.
On behalf of our Lluidas Vale Rehabilitation & Development Foundation members here in Canada, we extend our sincere condolences and sympathies to Nathlee Jones family. We will be forever grateful, for her service to the community.
May her soul rest in peace, and may the angels sing and dance on her arrival.
*Please see additional pictures under
“ Photos of the Village”
Attached are some of the pictures, showing the small project of masks distribution in the Village.
A big thank you to Panchie (Veronica Johnston) for sourcing the 150 masks (children and adults) and arrange for shipment via New York to Jamaica, with the help of her niece in NY. In spite of the difficulty at this time, due to the pandemic we were able to get them to the Village.
A shout out also to Gilbert on the ground in the Village, Panchie's brother, and Nurse Merlin Mc Dermoth for the distribution throughout the Village. The entire amount is not yet distributed, it is still ongoing, by all reports individuals are grateful for this kind gesture.
This is your Lluidas Vale RDF organization at work, making a difference in small ways.
I know I am late with my annual report (2019). This year 2020 is so devastating with this pandemic, that most aspect of daily living has been affected.
In-spite of all this disruption our organization was able to full fill our annual mandate, which is helping residents in our beloved Village community of Lluidas Vale.
Our annual two fundraising ventures were successful as in past years.
Because of our dedicated members, and committee members we were able to raise some much needed funds from the Picnic, the fall dance, members dues and donations from some members and other supporters.
Our annual charity support for 2019 include achievements such as:
• Our annual Christmas treat
• Herby’s annual financial care support
• Bereavement supports
• Student scholarship financial support
• Brassington Basic school supplies
• Food for the Poor
• Other donations and gifts
Again, thanks to our hardworking committee members, and support from the many
donors, members and friends of Lluidas Vale.
The commitment and dedication to giving back to our community is unwavering among our members. We will continue to support the Village its schools, community events and most importantly the residents who are in need.
As President, I am privileged to serve and remain passionate and committed to our cause of helping our Village.
The Lluidas Vale Rehabilitation & Development Foundation is a non-profit, non-denominational Organization developed by members of the Lluidas Vale Past Student Association to provide community assistance where needed.
Membership is open to all past residents of Lluidas Vale who subscribe to the objectives of the Foundation.
The Foundation is operated without the purpose of gain for its members and any profits or donations to the Foundation shall be used in promoting its objectives.
Your membership fees go right back to the Lluidas Vale community who may consist of your family, friends, and schoolmates.
Membership fees are $25 per year.
We use PayPal for donations. Thank you!
•Christmas treat $1180.00
•Herby fund $440.00
•Bereavement fund $200:00
• Food for the Poor $100.00
• Brassington Basic School supplies $145.50
• Ravi Gray (School Sponsorship) $72.00
• Gift Baskets for sick members $152.00
•Jamaica School Alliance dues $400.00
• Food for the Poor, assist with shipping of school furniture for the village $700.00
• FFP fundraising ticket donation$100.00
• Village student assistance to attend Charlie mount High School $210.00
• Herbie assistance fund$210.00
• Donation to the AJAA graduate student award dinner$50.00
• Mount Dennis Baptist Church donation$50.00
• Materials purchased to pack furnitures for shipment to Lluidas Vale$220.65
• Mountain industry Assoc. fundraising dance tickets$120.00• Annual Christmas treat for elderly and shut-ins in the Village$1000.00
• Kitchen appliances for the Baptist Basic School ( fire fund)$1225.00
• Bereavement donation and flowers $475.00
• Website hosting$690.00
• Appreciation plaque$122.90
Total $5173.55 jamaica charitable organization
1. Herbie Fund $218.00
2. AJAA Membership & Insurance $500.00
3. Food For The Poor $ $100.0
4. Promotional T-Shirts $830.00
5. City Permit $173.00
6. Custom Fees $410.00
7. Website Hosting Fees $346.00
8. Mount Industry Support $200.00
9. MDB Church Donation $50.00
10. Shut-In Christmas Treat $1000.00
Total = $3827
1. Christmas Treat $1,000.00
2. Bereavement Gifts $200.00
3. Food For the poor/Mdb Church $250.00
4. AJAA Membership & Insurance $480.00
5 Shipping & Custom charges $700.00
6. Herbie Fund $218.00
7. All Age School Luncheon Sponsorship (Rides) $145.00
Total = $2993 fundraising jamaica
1. Christmas Treat $1,030.00
2. Donation Food For the poor $350.00
3. Shipping & Custom charges $173.60
4. AJAA Membership & Insurance $720.00
5. Bereavement Gifts $200.00
6. Donation Herbie/ Molly $378.50
7. Donation Mt. Industry Association/ Mdb Church $210.00
Total = $3062
1. Christmas Treat $1,030.00
2. Baptist Basic School (Perimeter Fence) $430.15
3. Herby/Miss Imo $210.50
4. Shipping & Custom charges $305.00
5. Bereavement Gifts $300.00
Total = $2275.65
Archive Financial Summaries (Summary of Projects)