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Ms. Joan Edghill

Tajana Bogle - Vice President

Ms. Tajana Bogle
Vice President

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Mr. Carroll Grant

Mrs. Margaret Tate
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Mr. Lionel Williams
Assistant Treasurer

Mrs. Margaret Tate
Corresponding Secretary


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Ms. Mea Allman, MCC/HNC-C
Outreach Chair

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Mrs. Marjorie Bown

Founder &

Membership Chair

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Ms. Cannetta Bukola-Patterson

Member From The Floor

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Dr. Barbara Dawkins, Ed.D.

Immediate Past President

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Dr. Herbert DawkinsEd.D.
Building Chair

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Ms. Angela Nelson

Member From The Floor

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Ms. Grace Powell, MHR

Entertainment & Development Chair

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Dr. Pat Smith, R.D., Ed.D


About Us

The Jamaican American Association of Central Florida  (JAAOCF) is dedicated to promoting opportunities for advancement to and empowerment for Jamaicans and people of Jamaican American descent through access to financial resources and education with an emphasis on community, history, culture, health, music, and the arts, etc.

Our Mission

To preserve, enhance and promote our cultural heritage by and through our focus on education, our youth, community service and emergency assistance both locally and internationally.

A Message From Our JAAOCF President

Dear members and friends of the Jamaican American Association of Central Florida (JAAOCF):
It is truly an honor to serve as president of the JAAOCF this year. My name is Joan Edghill. I am a woman of strong faith, a mother, a grandmother, a former licensed stockbroker, a retired educator, a cancer survivor, and so much more. My professional life experience as a licensed stockbroker and a representative of various financial institutions taught me the importance of teamwork, patience, courtesy, and problem solving. These skills are vital to the success of any organization. My career as an educator helped to concrete my desire to share, to serve, and to guide. My faith gives me confidence and empowers me to do what is honorable. This quote by Jim Rohm exemplifies the leader I will strive to be.

“Be strong, but not rude. Be kind, but not weak. Be bold, but don’t bully. Be humble, but not shy.

Be proud, but not arrogant.” by Jim Rohn


Ultimately, I hope that you will consider joining us in our effort to build stronger communities in Central Florida and in Jamaica.

Sincerely, Joan Edghill, M.Ed.

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