October 2018 Volume 15

Kevin Boothe receives Atlanta Jamaican Association Award

Dr. Glen Laman
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KCOB and Atlanta resident Kevin Boothe was the Atlanta Jamaican Association’s Vin Martin awardee for 2018. The award was presented at the Annual Jamaican Independence Ball held in Atlanta in August. The award is given for community service to the Atlanta Jamaican Community in memory of the beloved late Honorary Consul Vin Newton Martin, OD.

Kevin was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica. South Florida was his home for almost 20 years prior to relocating to Atlanta in 1996. Kevin is the proud father of Dr. Allison LaRoche. Earlier this year he was blessed with a new title…. “Grand-pops” (his first grandchild) and he is enjoying the experience.

Kevin is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Georgia and Florida. He served as chairman of the Florida Professional Engineers in Industry, and President of the Broward Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society. He is a competent Toastmaster.

Recently retired from AT&T after 37 years of service, Kevin served several years as president of the Telecom Pioneers – Lenox Council www.pioneersvolunteer.org . Of the numerous volunteer projects in which he has been involved, one of his favorites was painting playground maps fun learning tools. In addition to tutoring Math and Science to kids in several inner-city Atlanta schools, Kevin was also involved in several Junior Achievement projects, developing business skills for the youth.

Kevin serves on the board of the Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival; proceeds of which go to developing local athletes to compete in the Olympics.

A graduate of Kingston College, he is involved in fundraisers that support his alumni. In addition to KCOBA, Kevin is actively involved in supporting Integrity Children’s Fund, AJA and many other High School alumni associations.

Over the last 30 years he has served on several mission teams (humanitarian, sporting, construction, medical, outreach); This work has taken him to many parts of the world including Jamaica, Central and South America, and Europe.

With a little more spare time on his hands, Kevin enjoys volunteering at the Delta Flight Museum and providing some engineering consulting. He enjoys traveling and photography.

An immediate goal which Kevin plans to tackle is establishing a communications network connecting Diaspora members all across the USA, so they can become a more unified and effective body with significant presence and influence. He currently manages updates to www.Jamlanta.org . Another goal is to engage in well drilling projects, providing clean drinking water to communities facing high cases of river blindness.

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