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Father James Webb, a Founder of CAFFE dead at 68 yrs
One of the founders of Jamaica's Citizens Action for Free and Fair Elections (CAFFE), Father James (Jim) Webb, S.J is dead.
He died on August 9 at the age of 68.
A Canadian he moved to Jamaica in 1986 where he served as a dynamic leader in the interest of social justice and God’s Kingdom.
While working at St. Peter Claver Church in Kingston during the 1980s, he was part of a team that was active in exposing the plight of women working for companies in the Kingston Freezone.
He was instrumental in the founding of St. Peter Claver’s Women Housing Cooperative for which he was subsequently honoured with the National Union of Cooperative Societies Award.
While a Pastor at St. Theresa's Church in Annotto Bay St mary he took up the cause of farmers struggling with difficult hillside terrain.
With the help of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the St. Mary Rural Development Project was founded in 1990.
The Project was able to negotiate the lease of flat lands for many farmers in the area.
This work with farmers was accompanied by the establishment of the St. Mary Multi-Purpose Cooperative which continues working to this day.
During his twenty-two years in Jamaica, he also helped organize the establishment of Jamaica's Citizens Action for Free and Fair Elections (CAFFE).
The work of CAFFE in the very first election in which it participated in 1997 was so effective that the Carter Centre gave its stamp of approval on the election.
In addition he served as Chairman of the Board of Management of Campion College, was an active member of the Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Social Justice Commission, assisted Haitian refugees who landed in Jamaica, and was the superior for the Jesuits in Jamaica from 1997 to 2006.
Father Jim returned to Canada in 2008.