Thursday, 24 July 2014

COLEEN'S CAUSE: The go-getter targets at-rick youth and the disabled for special projects

MADAME PRESIDENT: Lewis (left, with Keisha Patterson) aims to enact positive change through her new post.

Though that won't be anytime soon, when Coleen Lewis decides to move on from the legal world, a follow-up career in cultural philanthropy could give her something new to be passionate about. Last month, the forward-thinking attorney-at-law and educator was unanimously voted the new president of the Rotary Club of Trafalgar/New Heights and already she's getting down to business, intent on advancing the body's core mission of making a real difference in people's lives. 

"Each year the president has a major project and with my background and interest in the performing arts, that's where my focus is," explains Lewis, who worked her way up from secretary to President-elect to the presidency. For starters, she's joining forces with the Mona-based Philip Sherlock Centre. "The idea is to establish an entrance at the theatre for the disabled as well as a special bathroom so persons in wheelchairs or who may have challenges going up steps will have an entrance dedicated to them." Smart move. 

Lewis, a longtime member of the Jamaican Folk Singers (she's an alto) and a devout supporter of Jamaican theatre (she's also penned and starred in a few plays) sees herself joining that vanguard of doers pushing the culture forward. "Another major project I have in mind is staging a performing arts camp, hopefully for December, targeting youth at-risk," Lewis points out. "Through that camp, we will teach them conflict resolution, leadership skills and vocational skills." 

Also on Lewis' horizon: the 2014 concert season of the Jamaican Folk Singers at the Little Theatre in December.

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