Raphaelita Walker, mother of Babsy Grange, hailed for work in Canada
Created : 20 March 2017
Walker, who lived most of her life in Canada, had stories told about her willingness to help Jamaicans who had either emigrated there, or were trying to do business in that North American country.
Among those who paid tribute to Walker, were Prime Minister Andrew Holness and former Prime Ministers, Opposition leader Portia Simpson Miller, PJ Patterson and Edward Seaga. The latter two were absent, but Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna and Seaga's wife Carla, respectively read their tributes.
There were also tributes from Ambassador Stewart Stephenson, Ambassador Sheila Sealy Montieth and councilors for Grange's constituency, Theresa Turner, George Moodie and Keneisha Allen.
Ernie Smith, Carlene Davis, Ana Strachan and a duet by Karen Smith and DiMario McDowell also gave tributes in songs.
The speakers all praised Walker for the work that she did in Jamaica, where she was instrumental in starting the Jamaican Canadian Association.
Also in attendance were members of both houses of Parliament and a number of individuals from Grange's constituency.
FEATURED PHOTO: Central St Catherine Member of Parliament Olivia 'Babsy' Grange delivers a tribute to her late mother while being comforted by music producer Tommy Cowan at a thanksgiving ceremony held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston on Saturday.