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The Story of the Wolmer's Auditorium - Parts 5

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Part 5: Keith Rigbye – Project Manager

In this edition, we feature Keith Rigbye, Project Manager for the construction of the auditorium. Although not a Wolmer's old boy, Keith considers himself a member of the family as his wife, mother-in-law and sister-in-law are Wolmerians. He came to Jamaica from the United Kingdom in 1974 to take up a teaching post at Knox College where he taught Physical Education and Science. After a year, Keith went on to teach at York Castle High in Brown's Town. He then joined the staff of Hillel Academy in September 1976 as Vice Principal and later as acting principal until 1982 before switching careers to Business Management at Henriques Brothers Limited. Keith enjoyed a successful tenure and was also promoted to General Manager at Kingston Ice Company, a subsidiary of the group. He left in 1986 to start a manufacturing company in the Kingston Freezone for Slater Electric Inc, whose head office was in New York. Keith's colourful career saw him doing stints at Lascelles de Mercado, (1987), Kingston Industrial Garage (1988) and John Crook Limited (1989).

In 1989 Keith was invited to join Implementation Limited in the capacity of Project Manager where he remained until January 2014 before establishing IBEC Limited. His former business partner at Implementation, the late Kemp Skeffrey, was also a Wolmerian. He became aware of the Wolmer's Auditorium project through his professional relationship with Grace Kennedy & Company and Trustee Douglas Orane. After hearing about the committee of Wolmerians who were volunteering their time on this project combined with the fact that his business partner, a JC Old Boy, had been associated with the building of the Jamaica College Auditorium, Keith offered his expertise as the Project Manager to assist Douglas Orane, and as his way of giving back to education in Jamaica. As part of his teaching career, Keith was also one of the founding members of the JISA Prep School's Champs which has evolved into one of the premier sporting events on the annual athletics calendar in Jamaica.

This experience has been very fulfilling for Keith, especially as he observes the students' enthusiasm about finally seeing the much promised auditorium built whilst they are still attending Wolmer's. Keith is also confident that the building will be substantially complete by April 30" and will be fully functional in time for the three schools' valedictory services. He believes that the current students at Wolmer's are extremely fortunate to have an alumni that are interested and committed to improving the Wolmer's schools. “The Wolmer's Auditorium will be a valuable facility and I hope the students respect it and take care of it for themselves and the future generations that will follow them."

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