Arlene Bailey- “Committed to a life of service”

An Angel at work.

Jamaican Journal

Arlene Bailey could easily have directed her energy towards revenge and reprisal. On July 8, 2001, her son’s father was shot and killed by someone in her community. Her son, four at the time, witnessed the murder. “I was so alone and without friends,” says Bailey, who was 30 at the time.

“I was never sure of who the killer was. I never knew the truth so I couldn’t even grieve well.” This horrible event was a turning point for Bailey. “Reprisal could be easy, but it no make no sense to have revenge. Pain came with passing loss, but I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. I now yearn to make positive change in the community,” she says.

Indeed, this is what Bailey has achieved. From a childhood spent bouncing around between rural and urban Jamaica, between different homes, Bailey is now a leader in the sometimes volatile community of…

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