BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS–April 15/2015: At 52, Jewel Howard-Taylor wears many hats; a career banker with double Master of Business Administration(MBA) degrees from Howard University in Washington, DC, she’s also a former first lady of Liberia and wife of jailed former President Charles Taylor. As senior Senator of Bong County, Mrs. Taylor, who later obtained a law degree from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, is certainly one of the most powerful politicians of Liberia.
It’s therefore, not surprising that members of the newly elected leadership team of the Liberian Community of Metro-Boston in Massachusetts have opted to quench their thirst for knowledge from the vast knowledge reservoir of Senator Taylor. As a result, the Bong County lawmaker will this Saturday, April 18th, be the featured guest at the fourth gala convocation of the Liberian Community of Metro-Boston, which also coincides with the inauguration of the community’s new batch of leadership.
Slated to be held at the exquisite Venezia Restaurant, a scenic ocean-view social shrine in Boston, the program, which has the distinction of being the most prestigious within the Liberian community, is expected to attract topnotch personalities of diverse backgrounds from far and near.
“Senator Taylor is expected to deliver a special message from Liberia to Liberians in the diaspora”, Jassie-Fredcia Senwah, vice president-elect of Metro-Boston told The NEWS Pinnacle recently.
According to the newly elected president of the community, Mr. Augustus Kesselly, the primary focus of his administration will be fostering unity within the community through “community engagement and social awareness.” Kesselly also hopes to improve on the “fine work” that his predecessor, Mr. Zayzay Johnson and his team did, by nurturing a culture of voluntarism within the Liberian community.
In keeping with the Metro-Boston tradition, several community awards would be presented to institutions and individuals for their outstanding services to the Liberian people during the course of the past year. Five categories of award would be presented, along with certificates of recognition to personalities and organizations for multiple services they rendered the organization in varied capacities, Ms. Senwah further told The News Pinnacle Tuesday night.
She said the Global Health program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester would receive the Outstanding Achievement award for tremendously helping the Liberian people during the peak of the Ebola health crisis in Liberia last year, while the Greenwood Church on Washington Street in Dorchester will receive the Making-a-Difference award. The men’s fellowship at Greenwood Church donated $1,000 to Metro-Boston through UMass Medical School’s Global Health program, to the Ebola crisis last year, Ms. Senwah disclosed.
Other award recipients include: Ms. Marie Wagner, who will be honored by the organization with a Community Service nod for her epic involvement in community activities over the years and Mr. Jerome Golafaie, a utilitarian community activist, will receive a Service Award for his dedicated service to the organization, Ms. Senwah added. Besides that, she said six young girls who have been passionately volunteering in almost every community activity in Boston will receive the Youth Award for their exemplary spirit of voluntarism.
Liberians in Boston, Massachusetts recently elected a new corps of officers to steer the affairs of the community for the next five years.
The newly elected Metro-Boston leadership comprises an intellectually potent cream of community activists: President Augustus Kesselly is a career scientist with a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology from Penn State University in Pennsylvania; Vice President Jassie-Fredcia Senwah, a multi-tasking community activist holds double Master’s degrees in Public Administration and Criminal Justice from the Suffolk University in Boston while Secretary-General Joseph G. Bartuah, Jr. is a product of the University of Massachusetts Lowell with double Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Criminal Justice. Marie Wagner, a well-known community veteran serves as Parliamentarian.