The passing of another cultural stalwart in less than two months has left the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Board of Directors and staff members in deep mourning. Mrs. Ivy Hin passed away on Thursday, May 19 was indeed in every sense of the word, a true Jamaican patriot, who demonstrated fervent commitment to the development and exposure of Jamaica’s rich cultural heritage.

Hin’s academic prowess and varied professional careers (Sugar Industry Labour Welfare Board and the Jamaica Social Welfare Commission) in community development could not tame the unquenchable love she had for the Arts. As such, she married the Arts with all areas of her professional life and was drawn to the home of the ‘Festival Fever’ the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, where she gave more than twenty (20) years of unstinting service as a competitor, dance trainer and adjudicator.

According to Mr. Hugh Nash, Chairman of the JCDC Board, “she was the life of her community, a community practitioner that yielded substantial development through her involvement with the JCDC.” He further added that: “she was a ‘festival person’ and was integral to the Festival Movement, as she saw the beauty and value of the arts and used it as a vehicle for the upward mobility of the Jamaican people.”

Delroy Gordon, Deputy Executive Director of the JCDC fondly remembers Mrs. Hin’s unrelenting support to the Commission which was demonstrated through

the utilization of her expertise, leadership capabilities and knowledge that impacted tremendously on the mobilization of community development for posterity. 

“As an unwavering enthusiast of the JCDC for many years, she canvassed a series of successes in the National Festival of the Arts. Being a Community Development Worker by profession, she produced many medal winning groups that coped coveted medals in the competitions namely in Dance and Drama”, stated Mr. Gordon.

“To this end”, he continued, “Mrs. Hin with all vehemence and sheer pride declared her greatest reward that of: “the joy of seeing people’s lives improved and seeing my groups win medals in festival.” This was the catalyst for the establishment of various groups that were not just merely entering festival competitions, but were emblems of national development.”

Despite her rigorous professional career she worked assiduously with the JCDC as a proud family member, positively harnessing the core values and essence of this mega cultural institution. Her impressive contributions to the JCDC which in turn shaped the lives of thousands of Jamaicans island wide earned her many accolades which include: Jamaica Badge of Honour for outstanding and meritorious service; Institute of Jamaica Centenary Award; Jamaica Welfare Commission Award for outstanding service and International Women’s Day Award in the field of Community Development.


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