Patrick is from the city of Montego Bay. He obtained his education in Jamaica before migrating to the USA. As a teenager he was very active in his community and at age 19 he was elected to serve on the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) as the division chairperson for his community of Mt. Salem for the Festival Queen competition and other cultural events. He served in this capacity for approximately two years.
Patrick came in Los Angeles, California in 1991 and furthered his education while working in the hospitality industry. In 1994 he ventured out on his passion for community and cultural awareness as a cultural organizer and started the Jamaica Independence Family Day Picnic as he felt it would be beneficial to the community to celebrate Jamaica’s Independence in a peaceful and harmonious way. This event spanned over 14 years. During this time Patrick also started the Annual Independence Worship Church Service and cultural reception in the city of Inglewood, California. This well attended Thanksgiving Service is now in its ninth year.
Patrick is an active member of Jamaica Awareness Association of California (JAAC). He is currently the elected JAAC VP Education Chair. As the education chair, one of his roles is to support and execute the mission and the objectives of the organization locally and in Jamaica. Each year Patrick and his team go to rural Jamaica and provide various outreach efforts such as donating and installing computers, providing scholarships, donating school supplies, and providing basic and advance computer training for teachers and principals. Two of Patrick’s passions are community outreach and the preservation of his rich cultural heritage which fuels his drive for the success of this organization.
Patrick is also a member of Negril Education Environmental Trust (NEET) and NAJASO-MGHF. He is eager and ready to transform his passion with NAJASO on the National Level.