Fellow Jamaicans and Friends of Jamaica:
On May 13, 2011, I was formally appointed as Honorary Consul of the Government of Jamaica in Canada with a seat in Vancouver and jurisdiction for the entire territory of Vancouver, by the Honourable Dr. Kenneth Baugh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica. It is a role that I will be taking seriously as a member of the Canadian mosaic and especially as a member of the Jamaican Diaspora living in Vancouver.
My family and I have made Vancouver our home for the past 17 years and in this immensely beautiful city, I would like to implement some initiatives that will favour the growth and expansion of our Jamaican culture. Earlier this year I came back from Jamaica enthused and energized to make some of my ideas a reality. I recognize however, that it is only by meeting with you, hearing your ideas and working together as a community that some of these ideas will be materialized.
Jamaica is a country of resilient people and this resilience does not go away as we leave the motherland, if anything it grows in intensity. Let’s together, make Vancouver the next Canadian city where Jamaicans will want to visit and also call home and not feel isolated. There is a huge opportunity for Jamaican products and talent in this part of the world. Let us not forget that Vancouver is the gateway to Asia and as Jamaica is a part of that global community we can benefit from that opportunity.
I feel qualified to take on this responsibility and my experience of collaborating with executives in the corporate world affords me to develop and showcase the Jamaican Brand.
As I look forward to working with you, I would like to say thank you and let us bring the dynamism, the excitement and the enthusiasm which is Jamaica to our adopted country Canada and our new home Vancouver.
Consulate General of Jamaica
17476 – 103B Avenue
Surrey BC V4N 5R4
ABOUT WILMA KING-BENNETT:
Wilma King-Bennett, after completing her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Management Studies at the University of the West Indies, started her career in Banking, in Kingston Jamaica and has spent many years as a senior, consultative, pharmaceutical representative in Vancouver, BC and in Jamaica W.I. Her skills allowed her to increase revenue for international and local organizations throughout BC and North America. Wilma credits her adeptness at formulating strategic plans and targeted selling concepts to her vast experience by working in various sales and marketing industries both in Canada and the Caribbean. She has received various awards in the pharmaceutical and banking industries.
Her ability to work individually or on a team earned her the responsibility to implement programs for strategic planning to increase territorial growth, develop and maintain as well as coach, train and implement workshops and set up displays for company projects and staff development. Wilma earned numerous awards in her field as an outstanding contributor in the field of Health Care.
The collaborative skills which she learned working with corporate executives in competitive analysis, providing marketing recommendations to address industry position, qualifies her to develop and showcase the Jamaican Brand in the Vancouver area. She intends to use her specialized knowledge and creative targeted marketing campaigns to involve the Jamaican Diaspora into building trade relations between Western Canada and Jamaica.
Wilma intends to focus on identifying market trends and create new opportunities, providing strategic direction to the people who will seek her advice. Her past experience in managing and maintaining direct customers through aggressive networking and collaboration with existing accounts within the large multi-national corporations, will aid in her determination to act as liaison between the Diaspora in other Canadian cities and ultimately with Jamaica.
She maintains several business and professional affiliations. Wilma considers her position as Honorary Council an important asset in expanding Jamaica’s presence in Vancouver.