The Barry Wint Memorial Fund
Final Year Nursing Student – First Beneficiary of the Barry Wint Memorial Fund
Kingston, Jamaica (March 26, 2010): A final year nursing student at the UWI School of Nursing (UWISON) is the first beneficiary of the Dr. Barry Wint Memorial Fund established in 2008 by the Organization for Strategic Development (OSDJ) with the support of the Ministry of Health, Jamaica and the Wint family. A cheque totaling JA$100,000.00 was handed over to student Peta-Gaye Annikie at UWISON’s Main Office. The money will go towards offsetting final year study expenses.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony Mr. Wayland Richards, President and Founder of the OSDJ, congratulated Mrs. Annikie for displaying exemplary qualities deserving of the award. He said the OSDJ was also pleased to see the Fund bear fruits pointing to the fact that “Dr. Wint would not have wanted it any other way.” Mrs. Yvonne Wint, Widow of Barry Wint, also shared with Mrs. Annikie, Dr. Wint’s passion for medicine and health care improvement in Jamaica. She encouraged the recipient to keep the deceased hopes and dreams alive through relentless dedication to service.
An overjoyed Mrs. Annikie expressed her appreciation for the award and her willingness to give unreservedly to health care delivery in Jamaica. Also present at the handing over ceremony were Dr. Sonia Copeland, Director of Disease Prevention and Control in the Ministry of Health/ OSDJ Area Coordinator for Jamaica; Dr. Hermi Hewitt, Director of the UWI School of Nursing; Mr. Edwin Wint, brother of Dr. Barry Wint and Miss Dawn Dover Roberts, Lecturer at UWISON.
The Barry Wint Memorial Fund was launched in recognition of Dr. Barry Wint’s significant contributions to medicine and healthcare in Jamaica. The objective of the Fund is to provide scholarships to medical, nursing and public health students in Jamaica and also to assist with the infrastructural development of medical facilities locally.
Dr. Wint died in 2006 following over 25 years of service in the local public health sector. Individuals and organizations interested in donating to the fund can do so by clicking here.