Star Salute : T’Shura Gibbs, Glendevon’s symbol of pride
While communities like Glendevon in St. James are often viewed as marginalised communities, one of its products, T’Shura Gibbs's continues to demonstrate that one's place of origin need not determine a person's destiny.
In addition to being a top executive at the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), Gibbs, 42, was recently elected the new president of the much-revered Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI).
“It is a damn good look for Glendevon ... Most times [when] people talk about Glendevon it is about the ‘Crushers' [the notorious Stone Crusher gang],” said Ratty, a Glendevon-based technician. “Now we have somebody who can inspire the next generation to dream big and achieve great things.”
Gibbs, a mother of four, Carlesa 24, Alejandra 18, eight years old Donovan and little Phillipe, is driven by her love for her children and a desire to provide the same love and security she enjoyed as a child. She dreams that one day her work will serve as a rising tide that will life all ships in western Jamaica.
A past student of Montego Bay High School, Gibbs grew up on Salt Spring Road, "right above Shorty shop, between Glendevon and Salt Spring”.
“I did not feel fear or maybe I was too young to understand what fear was, but I had an awesome childhood, because I felt love, I felt acceptance ... I knew everybody in the community and everybody knew us as children, and so, there was this sense of protection.”
In any conversation with Gibbs, it usually does not take long to realise that she is driven by a deep passion to serve, a quality she exhibited dutifully in her 20 years in the airline industry across several Caribbean states, and since joining the JPS, where she is now the director of the energy distributor’s in the western region.
For Gibbs, her passion and her enviable work ethic came from the industrious nature of her mother, Ruby Jagdath, who also had a passion for hard work and was a good example for her ambitious daughter.
“I got my work ethics from my mother,” Gibbs told WESTERN STAR. “Growing up with a single mom who was a very hard worker was interesting, because although she would work long hours, I never got an indication that her work was stressful.”
“I had my first child when I was 18 and what that told me was that, I had a responsibility ... someone who was depending on me,” said Gibbs. “We were not rich, but we were happy and I wanted to ensure that my child would have a good life, I understood that I was responsible for this creation and my task was to provide all that she needed.”