JAMAICA POLITICS: Lisa Rene Hanna Biography

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Lisa Rene Hanna was born on 27 August 1975, 8 o’clock news was on at the University Hospital of the West Indies

“The community influenced me a great deal. I grew up to love the animals, to appreciate the sense of belonging to the earth and being very comfortable around Jamaicaness and the Jamaican people; of eating off of a fire. I was stimulated by the simplicity,” she recalls. “We did not have a lot. People think the name Hanna meant I came from wealth. We were a typical middle class family.”

At the age of 18 Lisa was crowned beauty queen in 1993 when she became the third Jamaican to proudly wear the title Miss World . Along with the crown, she walked away with five of the eight sectional prizes that year. She was the overwhelming crowd favorite who dazzled the crowd with her breathtaking beauty, brilliant intelligence, and winning smile.

“The Miss Jamaica World stage was at times a harrowing experience. It was then that I understood that Jamaican people like you or they don’t like you. And they will tell you whether or not you are fit to be in a situation,” – Hon Lisa Hanna.

“As a politician, there will always be opinions about performance as the Opposition’s job is to nit-pick. I actually thrive on criticism and am driven by it.” – Hon Lisa Hanna.

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JAMAICA POLITICS: Lisa Rene Hanna Biography

Lisa Rene Hanna was born on 27 August 1975, 8 o’clock news was on at the University Hospital of the West Indies. Her father, Rene Hanna recorded it in his diary which she would read upon his passing. As her place of birth they wrote on her birth certificate Retreat, St Mary, the eastern parish from which her dad farmed the land, raised pigs and cows, grew bananas and dabbled in real estate. Her mother Dorothy Hanna, nee Hosang, operated a hair salon in St Ann’s Bay, the capital of the neighbouring parish of St Ann and commuted daily to and from Retreat. Their home was by that river whose quiet gurgles and ever-widening ripples would fascinate the child they had so lovingly brought into this world.

Lisa remembers some of those early days; of community members taking her for walks; of feeling protected by them, a distinct feature of a rapidly disappearing Jamaica; of happy times with her sister Ella Hanna, now Smith who lives in Florida with her husband.

“The community influenced me a great deal. I grew up to love the animals, to appreciate the sense of belonging to the earth and being very comfortable around Jamaicaness and the Jamaican people; of eating off of a fire. I was stimulated by the simplicity,” she recalls. “We did not have a lot. People think the name Hanna meant I came from wealth. We were a typical middle class family.”

At the age of 18 Lisa was crowned beauty queen in 1993 when she became the third Jamaican to proudly wear the title Miss World . Along with the crown, she walked away with five of the eight sectional prizes that year. She was the overwhelming crowd favorite who dazzled the crowd with her breathtaking beauty, brilliant intelligence, and winning smile.

“The Miss Jamaica World stage was at times a harrowing experience. It was then that I understood that Jamaican people like you or they don’t like you. And they will tell you whether or not you are fit to be in a situation,” – Hon Lisa Hanna.

The Honourable Lisa Rene Hanna has served as Member of Parliament for the constituency of Southeast St Ann since 2007; she is the youngest female constituency representative in the governing People’s National Party. She was appointed Minister of Youth and Culture in the Cabinet of the Government of Jamaica in January 2012 following an overwhelming call from the people of Jamaica signalling their preference for the PNP to lead the country.

Miss Hanna has demonstrated political acumen in her role as Chairperson of one of the six political regions of her party. In the 2011 elections she returned her party to dominance within the region. Prior to that election her party represented two of the six constituencies; now it represents four. She went on to ensure further victory at the polls in the 2012 Local Government elections, which resulted in her party leading both of the local Councils in her political region.

As Minister of Youth and Culture, she supervises 13 agencies ranging from those with responsibility for the care and protection of children, the holistic development of youth and the preservation and promotion of Jamaica’s dynamic and rich culture. She serves as chair of the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO.

In less than 20 months since being assigned this portfolio, Miss Hanna has spearheaded the refurbishment and/or establishment of three national museums ensuring that the texture and fabric of Jamaica’s rich heritage is preserved and showcased. She has piloted legislation and policy initiatives aimed at protecting children, specifically those who have been in conflict with the law — ensuring that children were no longer held in detention with adults. She has ensured that all youth initiatives focus on inclusion of those marginalised as a result of their socio economic reality and/or their mental and social abilities. She led in engaging Jamaicans at home and overseas in a year long celebration of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of Independence; and spearheaded the successful lobby for Jamaica’s first ever election to the important World Heritage Committee of UNESCO.

Miss Hanna views her appointment as Minister of Youth and Culture as an opportunity to use the wealth of experience gained from her years of local and international advocacy to make a significant contribution to improving the quality of life of her fellow Jamaicans.

Prior to entering representative politics and her subsequent appointment as a Minister of government, Miss Hanna had a distinguished record of service at the local, regional and international levels. She was a volunteer with the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (the country’s adult literacy organisation), the World Hunger Project and the United Nations Children Fund (Unicef). Miss Hanna was also one of the youngest persons ever appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme. She trained more than 2,000 children in character development through the Lisa Hanna Workshop and as Miss World 1993, utilised her national and global exposure to advance the cause of children and youth and engaged political leaders including, Fidel Castro and Nelson Mandela, on these and other developmental issues.

A trained and experienced communicator, Miss Hanna attained Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communications from the University of the West Indies, Mona. She has worked extensively in media, marketing and public relations in Jamaica and internationally.

Miss Hanna is a committed and active representative and leader. She is also a dedicated mother to her son, Alexander.

“As a politician, there will always be opinions about performance as the Opposition’s job is to nit-pick. I actually thrive on criticism and am driven by it.” – Hon Lisa Hanna.

– Lisa Rene Hanna Biography


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