Hermine Metcalfe: A Life Dedicated To Service

HER goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals that she serves, and as a result she gladly accepts any opportunity to do so.

Hermine Metcalfe, now retired, told All Woman that in her student years at the Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) she was widely involved in co-curricular activities, which fostered her love for service.

This love further blossomed when she entered the pharmacy programme at the then College of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST), and also immersed herself in a slew of extracurricular activities such as debating and the Carnival Queen Competition. Alongside her excellent academic performance, this earned her a silver spatula for outstanding work.

Subsequently, Metcalfe was awarded a scholarship to Brighton Polytechnic University in England where she did a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy before returning to Jamaica where, at the age of 27, she was assigned as chief pharmacist at Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) where she was in charge of KPH, Victoria Jubilee Hospital, Bustamante Hospital for Children and Hope Institute.

During that time Metcalfe also served as part-time lecturer in pharmaceutics at CAST, and taught in the pharmacy technicians training programme in the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Soon her willingness to serve was again put to the test when she left her post at KPH for a month to assist the MOH in combating the polio epidemic. This earned her a promotion as assistant to the then director of pharmaceutical services, Lester Wollery.

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