Jamaica’s Junior Mayor Sees Better Future In Health And Wellness Investment

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Recently appointed Junior Mayor for the Portmore Municipality, Sherissa Pinnock, is advocating for Jamaicans to invest more in health, wellness and herb gardening, which she believes will allow persons to live longer and healthier lives.

It is for this reason, Sherissa, a 15-year-old student of The Cedar Grove Academy, in Portmore, St. Catherine, wants to start herb and wellness gardens in schools with some of the $500,000 funding she will get to undertake projects to uplift the Portmore Municipality as Junior Mayor.

“I believe it [herb gardening] will bring people together when they plant, to engage in agriculture and watch it flourish. I do agriculture at my school, so we learned a little on that, and I plan to get some more experience and some more advice on how to do that,” Sherissa told JIS News, after calling on Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, at Jamaica House, along with other Junior Mayors from across the island, recently.

The first two herb and wellness gardens she hopes to establish as Junior Mayor will be at her alma mater, Bridgeport Primary School; and her current school, The Cedar Grove Academy. “I also plan to paint the Bridgeport Primary School,” she said.

In addition to her plans for Bridgeport Primary, she is also exploring ways to assist in other areas.

Sherissa was born with the birth defect called Amelia (absence of one or more limbs), which affects her left arm. Despite this challenge, Sherissa is determined to achieve greatness.

She told JIS News that persons who are born with Amelia are oftentimes discouraged from engaging in youth leadership positions, as they are teased; but she is not daunted

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