More CBFF tertiary scholars named

Monday, December 10, 2018

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Eight students are recipients of this year's CB Facey Foundation (CBFF) Tertiary Scholarship.

Of the eight, three — Neville Plummer, Sana Williams, and Jheanine Wiggan — received scholarships for the second year to complete their Master's of Architecture at Caribbean School of Architecture at University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech).

The first-time recipients are UTech Master's students Richard Thompson, and Lisa-Gaye Chong-Baccas; and Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts students Leanne Mair, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting; Anthony Smith, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design; and Richard Gayle, Bachelor of Arts, Education.

The charitable arm of PanJam Investment Limited for over 30 years, CBFF has invested in arts and education through its relationships with UTech and Edna Manley College.

This year's scholarships were presented at a luncheon on November 14, at which PanJam Investment Limited Chairman and CEO Stephen Facey congratulated the scholars and discussed their perspectives on art and architecture.

“Seeing you all, and the potential you embody, brings credence to the work and scholarships of the foundation. What has been placed within your grasp are the tools to improve yourself, your family, and this nation,” said Facey, who is also CBFF chairman.

“Seize this opportunity to operate your studies with integrity, appreciating the blessing you have been bestowed,” he advised the group.

Following the luncheon, the scholars were taken on two tours aimed at inspiring them to think of themselves as pioneers of nation-building and the preservation of Jamaican culture by way of the arts.

The first was an architecture tour of some of the iconic buildings developed by PanJam Investment Limited and its founder Maurice Facey. The tour was led by Dayton Wood, project director at Jamaica Property Company Limited — a wholly owned subsidiary of PanJam which manages over a million square feet of commercial space across Kingston.

The buildings included Abbey Court, the first multi-storied residential complex with modern amenities to be built in Kingston; the Air Jamaica building and Scotiabank Centre, which were also first-of-their-kind when developed in the 1970s; the former NRC building on Caledonia Avenue (currently the Housing Agency of Jamaica), the first building developed by PanJam; and the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in New Kingston.

The second tour, led by CBFF trustee and patron Valerie Facey, exposed the students to paintings, sculptures, prints, batiks and mosaics from renowned artists such as Edna Manley, Greg Bailey, Barrington Watson, and Laura Facey Cooper.

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