Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, has hailed the life and work of the late former legislator and Councillor, Marjorie Taylor.
Minister McKenzie recalled that while she spent the latter part of her political career as a Senator, Member of Parliament, and Ambassador for Children, Ms. Taylor’s foundation and place of greatest comfort was the local government system.
“If you pull away the topsoil of the local government system, you will find her roots. She worked at what was then the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation before she became Councillor for the Norman Gardens Division. As the Councillor for the Tivoli Division, I served along with her in the KSAC and while we were divided politically, her love for people and her passionate belief that the local government system was critical to their upliftment was without question. It was no surprise therefore that her appointment as Minister of State was to the Ministry of Local Government.”
The Local Government Minister said Ms. Taylor’s contribution to public life will not be forgotten. “As someone who came from humble beginnings, she worked for many years and gave loyal service. She has touched many lives as Councillor, Senator, Member of Parliament, Minister and as the first Ambassador for Children. As a fellow product of the local government system, and someone who knew her well, I want to express my personal condolences to her family and friends. As Minister of Local Government and Community Development, I also wish to offer the official sympathies of the Government of Jamaica.”