January 2024 Volume 20

Memories of Dr. Winston Davidson

Michael Amiot
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Winty was more than a colleague of mine, he was a friend. During my posting to the Caribbean from 1992 to 2000, initially as Regional Representative of the UN Drugs Control Programme (UNDCP) and then as the Director of the European Commission Drug Control Office (ECDCO), Winty was always a beacon of support for me, both in Jamaica and throughout the entire Caribbean !

It was he who introduced me to “white lightning” (overproof white rum) and to the true origins of reggae. He taught me all about Jamaica and introduced me to the ghetto areas where I always felt welcome, despite my Canadian roots ! As a medical doctor, he gave of his time free of charge to the underprivileged communities. As a scholar, he helped elevate the critical thinking required to find lasting solutions to the many problems faced by his beloved homeland. He was a true Patriot !

Because of Winty – and a couple other amazing Jammies who touched my soul – I fell in love with Jamaica. In 2011, I returned to Jamaica for 6 months on mission with the JCF (Constabulary Force), dealing with gang violence. Winty helped provide me with a deep understanding of Jamaica – which in turn helped me fulfill a very successful mission. That was one of the last times I saw him. He was truly a Giant, who dedicated his life to making Jamaica a better place to be. And he had a powerful influence on me.

Rest in Peace, Winty. Until we meet again. And save some “white lightning” for me !!

Michel Amiot Montréal

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