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Mentees remember Oliver

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2020 | 12:00 AM

He gave lessons in confidence, exuded passion for country, and was a visionary.

That is how media mogul Oliver Clarke, who passed on Saturday at his St Andrew home, is remembered by a few of his mentees.

Twenty-three-year-old Shanakay Dyer was mentored by Clarke during the 2018-19 academic year at The University of the West Indies, Mona.

She found it ?very admirable? that he contacted her to set up their first appointment as it was customary for the mentee to do so.

"He gave me the amazing opportunity of interning at TVJ, which was something that I always wanted to do, and he gave me many lessons in confidence,? said the Sagicor Bank account maintenance representative.

"He would say, "When you're meeting a group of people, it is important for you to look them in the face and never break their stare. It will show that you're confident and that you're well deserving of whatever opportunity they're going to give you.? He had an entire session with me looking him dead in the face," she said with a chuckle.

Tyrone Wilson had 'never met someone more witty than Oliver Clarke'.

The two had interactions while Wilson was a writer for The Gleaner?s Youthlink and further through the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) mentorship programme.

Desirous of becoming an entrepreneur in media and the creative field, he was inspired by Clarke.

"He was a pioneer who helped to expand our creative economy. Through him, I've seen passion for country and the development of the private sector. Outside of his involvement in The Gleaner, very important was his involvement in the PSOJ, ensuring that we have a thriving economy,? said the founder and CEO of iCreate Institute.

For digital marketer Sandor Panton, he was a visionary.

"He saw where media was going, and The Gleaner was not going to be left behind," Panton said.

Clarke oversaw him being hired in 1999 as the 'webmaster' for Gleaner Online, which had been set up a few years prior.

Their offices were on the same floor, and Panton would often be called in for a chat.

"He was a very influential person, and I never felt overwhelmed when I was in his company. He really just wanted to get our take on what was going on and how things were going on the Internet," he said.

judana.murphy@gleanerjm.com