KINGSTON, Jamaica — Shaquille Ramsay, the first Jamaican to be appointed Global Youth Ambassador to represent the Caribbean and Latin American region, has resigned from all youth leadership posts effective this Friday.
Ramsay — also president of the Democratic Youth United to Evolve Society (D’YUTES) — was name global youth ambassador by the Global Volunteer Network (GVN) Foundation last year.
In his resignation letter to D’YUTES Board Director Peter Townsend, which was copied to the media, said he decided to stay until Friday to ensure a smooth transition of power.
Despite noting several achievements, Ramsey said that the spark Townsend noticed in him did not become a flame.
He said that throughout his tenure, he managed to grow the D’YUTES organisation to a national one, recognised by the Social Development Corporation and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.
The youth leader also cited the youth group’s more than 500 members, and the organisation and participation in more than 50 projects, as part of his achievements.
However, addressing the board director, he said: “In 2013 you read a letter that I penned to the Editor of the Jamaica Observer with the title “the youth’s future looks dark,” you immediately reached out to me and my mother to nurture that spark you saw in me, for it to become a flame… But, I believe that spark you saw, failed to become a flame and I have overstayed my welcome.”
While not disclosing the reason for his resignation, Ramsay said “When leaders make mistakes we are easily criticized, blacklisted and left for dead, and sadly that was a fate I suffered.”
He ended the letter quoting Ritu Ghatourey with: “Knowing when to walk away is wisdom. Being able to is courage. Walking away with grace, and your head held high, is dignity.”