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A man of the community and the helping of others.
The Very Revd Fr Peter Douglas Clarke, OStJ, JP
June 10, 2016
Volunteer service in contribution for the betterment of mankind:
Category: Service to Community and Religion
1976 – Cofounded the Montreal Association Black Business and Professional (MABBP)– to give immigrants Jamaican and other Caribbean people a sense of worth, belonging, purpose, economic, political and social clout;
1986 – 90 – Treasurer of the MABBP;
1986 – 94 Treasurer and member of the Church Committee of the St Paul Anglican Church, Cote des Neiges, Montreal;
1993 – Present, member of the Shriners of North America providing orthopedic care for children in 22 hospitals and 17 Burns Units;
1983 – 1996 Appointed by government commission, a Commissioner of Oaths for Canada;
1996 – 2005 Member of the North East Regional Authority; Chairman of the Finance Committee; Audit Committee;
1996 – 1999 Member of the Resort Board – Port Antonio, Portland
1996 – 2000 Member for Parish Development Committee of Portland;
1996 – Appointed by Her Majesty Commission as a Justice of the Peace, Parish of Portland;
1996 – 2005 Member of the Governor General Achievement Award Committee of Portland;
1996 – 2005 Member of the Lay Magistrate Association of Portland;
1999 – Re-launched the St John Ambulance Brigade and Association of Portland;
1999 - Area Commissioner and Chairman of the Order St John and St John Ambulance Brigade for Portland and St Thomas;
1999 – Present, member of the National Council of the Order of St John;
2005 – Present Member of the Lay Magistrate Association of St Elizabeth;
2005 – Present, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Black River High School;
2006 – Appointed by Her Majesty’s Commission Justice of the Peace;
2006 – Present, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Black River Preparatory School;
2006 – Present Member of the Governor General Achievement Award Committee of St Elizabeth;
2006 – Present, Station Chaplain JCF Headquarters, St Elizabeth Division;
2008 – Present Chairman St Pastors and Chaplains, Parish of St Elizabeth;
2007 – Present Chairman of the Oversight Committee of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Convalescent Centre, Black River;
2010 – Appointed by Her Majesty’s Commission an Officer Brother of the Most Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem;
2012- Governor General’s Excellence Awardee (GG Excellence Awardee).
1970 -75 Laboratory Technician and Analyst – Cement Manufacture, Jolliet, Quebec;
1975 – 94 Management Consultant and Financial Analyst, Self Employed, Montreal;
2005 – 06 General Manager, Finance and Administration, the Transport Authority;
2006 – 99 Vice President of Administration and Finance of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE);
2003 – 4 Appointed Assistant Curate of the St Jude Cure, Stony Hill, St Andrew;
2004 - 5 Appointed Curate of the St Jude Cure, Stony Hill, St Andrew;
2005 – Present, Rector of the Black River Cure of Churches and Missions – St John Parish Church, Black River; St Barnabas Church, Crawford; All Souls Church, Brompton; St Boniface Mission, Pondside; St Stephen Mission, Arlington;
2007 – Elected / appointed member of the St Elizabeth Deanery Council, Mandeville Regional Council and the Diocesan Council of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands;
2008 – Appointed Rural Dean of the Parish of St Elizabeth;
1951 – 57 Browns Hall Primary, School Leaving Certificate and Custos McGrath’s Scholarship to Dinthill High School; Browns Hall P.O., St Catherine;
1957 – 60 Dinthill Technical High School (School Leaving Certificate; Government Scholarship to JSA; GCE in Chemistry, Agricultural Science, Biology), Linstead, St Catherine;
1960 – 63 Jamaica School of Agriculture, Professional Diploma in Agriculture (Dip.JSA), Joint Scholarship UWI and North Carolina University, Twickenham Park, St Catherine;
1980 – 81 Montreal Real Estate Board – Professional Certificate in Real Estate Science (Dip. Real Est. Science);
1983 – 85 Professional Diploma in Management, (Dip. Mang., McGill), University Of McGill, Montreal;
1984 – 88 Professional Accreditation in Management and Administration (CIM); Canadian Institute of Management, Montreal, Canada;
1988 – Awarded the Canadian Institution on Management’s Designation: Professional Manager (PMgr);
1995 – 90 Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting Major, (BComm),McGill University, Montreal;
1988 – 93 Fourth Level – Certified General Accountant (CGA), Montreal Canada;
1988 – 93 Fourth Level – Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Montreal, Canada;
2000 – 03 Bachelor of Arts in Theology, (BA Theology Hons.) University of the west Indies, Kingston;
2000 – 04 Diploma in Ministerial Studies (DMS), United Theological College of the West Indies, Kingston;
2004 – Present Master of Philosophy in Theology, (MPhil in Progress, Research Paper to be completed by January 2012) United Theological College of the West Indies, Kingston.
2012 – Master of Divinity at the United Theological College (In progress).
Skills and Talents
Certified in St John First Aid and CPR
Expertise in most software and the internet
Expertise in developing websites
Expertise in French, Ancient Hebrew and Ancient Greek
The Very Reverend Father Peter Douglas Clarke, OStJ, JP
Peter Douglas Clarke, born at Bartons, Woodhall, St Catherine August 27, 1941. Third child of Brandford Nathaniel Clarke and Bernice Ray Harrison of very humble beginnings was always a lover on community and helping the down trodden of society. He was always keen in assisting to lift the common improvement of people. Hence from the very earliest of life in Primary School at Barton’s All Age School, St Catherine he led the newly formed scout troop as its first troop leader and led the troop into a number of achievement badges and hiking trips around the parish and the parish of St Ann, Kingston and St Andrew. On the first trip of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 to Jamaica in 1952, his scout troop proudly stood guard before the Ward Theatre on duty for the procession of Her Majesty and her entourage.
At Dinthill Technical High School, Linstead, he was an integral part of the School’s Platoon of Cadetting of the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF) a unit at that time, was ranked among the top cadet units in terms of discipline, order, field work and drill formations. While at Dinthill School, having shown is love for Chemistry he tutored and assisted fellow batch mates to be successful in the then difficult subject of Chemistry at the General Certificate of Education (GCE)..
In 1966, he married Patricia Wright and their daughter Nicola Navaan was born in 1967. Feeling the need for further studies, they migrated to Montreal, Canada in 1969. Sons Jason Scott and Peter Douglas (Jnr) was born in 1972 and 1975 respectively and we experienced jointly with other West Indian immigrants the discrimination alien to their culture.
In the late 60’s and the 70’s the experience in Montreal for the young black family was not easy to establish a footing in the new society. The lot for the Caribbean peoples was considerable understated by the white majority and the establishment of the collective worth of the black minority was necessary. People from the various countries of the Caribbean and Africa were largely a fractured group of people with the commonality of being immigrants and being descendants of the black race. There were significant differences in terms of education and economic standings but with social and cultural links that is innate to the race, it was common understanding by the majority that black is black, relegated to basic manual tasks that do not require much intellect. When the majority inflicted us with different treatments in terms of being integrated in the society we all felt the inequality. In this period, Peter joined with twelve other immigrants to launch one of the most dynamic black organization in Montreal – The Montreal Association of Black Business and Professional (MABBP) with main objectives of making known to the public at large that in our Black Community there were professionals and business persons capable and qualified to handle any task that the white majority undertook. Under difficult circumstances a few of the immigrants had increased their economic standings against all the odds and so considered a viable part of the society. He served many years as Treasurer of the MABBP seeing to its financial needs. Coordinator of the annual publication and numerous other duties that was necessary for the establishment of the association. In 1985, the Lieutenant Governor of Quebec was pleased to confer on him the authority of Commissioner for Oaths.
In the reorganization of the Ministry of Health (MOH) into regional health authorities, the Government of Jamaica saw it fit to appoint him a Foundation member of Northeast Regional Authority from 1996 to 2005 for the purposes of adding to the new entity his expertise in the fields of business and financial management. As a member of the Board, he chaired the Finance Committee as well as being a member of the Audit Committee. He took on with zeal of sorting and optimizing the limited available resources striving for making health facilities in the region accessible, efficient, reasonable and affordable.
In 1999, Keeping in mind his love for volunteerism and helping in community he accepted the charge from the Hon. Dr John Hall, Commander of the St John Ambulance to represent the St John Order in the Northeast Region (Portland and St Thomas) as it Area Chairman and Commissioner. This he handle with zeal and dispatch and in 2000, (in one year) he re-launched the St John Ambulance brigade in the area. The launch was officially declared by Order of the Governor General of Jamaica Sir Howard Cooke with some 100 persons in the area trained in St john First Aid and CPR; 50 persons equipped in Brigade uniforms and rendering first aid to number of organizations in and out of the area were in attendance at the historic event held at the Trident Hotel, Port Antonio, Portland. Her Majesty the Queen was pleased to commission him a Justice of the Peace (JP) for the parish of Portland in 1999. His expertise in group organization is today well respected in the National Council of the Order of St John where he still serves as Council member. In July 2010, it was pleasing to Her Majesty the Queen to confer upon him Officer Brother of the Most Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem (OStJ).
Having labored in the personal, emotional and spiritual development of the individual and community, it was time to study theology and philosophy for especially the furtherance and deepening of his knowledge of his beloved Anglican faith. In 2000, he was admitted to the seminary of the United Theological College of the West Indies for training in full time ministry and graduated with honours Bachelor of Arts in Theology (B. A. Theology) and with a post graduate professional diploma in Ministerial Studies (DMS). He was ordained to the Diaconate in 2003 and the Order of Priesthood in 2004; and assigned as Assistant Curate to St Jude Anglican Church, Stony Hill (2003 – 2005) and Rector of the Black River Cure of Churches and missions (2005 to present). Here he continues his first love of servant to the people in teaching, counseling and motivating them in their drive for a productive and fulfilling life. In particular, the upliftment of the youth of the church and the community he takes great pride in. In 2007, he launched one of the largest Server’s Guild in Jamaica to assist the priest in the serving ministry. Adjunct to this pastoral function of the priesthood, the incumbent Rector chairs the Board of the Diocesan School of Black River High School which he has undertaken with skill, knowledge and enthusiasm since 2005 to present. During this period, the school excelled in many areas including academics, sports, social and cultural areas noteworthy, All Together National Champion in 2009.
Knowing the difficulties that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has faced over recent history and as a supporter of justice and peace of society, he volunteers as the Station Chaplain of the Headquarters of the St Elizabeth Division of the JCF at Black River. Here he volunteers his service which includes devotions with the Division and to counsel the officers in their times of depression and job fatigue for their personal, emotional and spiritual improvement. Significantly, he is the Foundation Chairman of the Board of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Convalescent Centre (JCFCC) where he guides, inspires and manages the rehabilitation of officers who are recuperating after injuries sustained in the line of duty or other illnesses where the officer may with loving care be returned to frontline duties.
ties, the Government of Jamaica saw it fit to appoint him a Foundation member of Northeast Regional Authority from 1996 to 2005 for the purposes of adding to the new entity his expertise in the fields of business and financial management. As a member of the Board, he chaired the Finance Committee as well as being a member of the Audit Committee. He took on with zeal of sorting and optimizing the limited available resources striving for making health facilities in the region accessible, efficient, reasonable and affordable.
Knowing the difficulties that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has faced over recent history and as a supporter of justice and peace of society, he volunteers as the Station Chaplain of the Headquarters of the St Elizabeth D