Wattle And Red Earth Collective is a Non-profit, charitable Jamaica-based organization promoting the preservation and education of traditional arts and sustainable building methods throughout southern St. Elizabeth and Jamaica. In 2021 Dr. Courtney C. Coke, Executive Director of WARE, invited Carolyn Elaine to ST. Elizabeth to work with community in the fabrication and installation of its first public mosaic artwork.
Dr. Courtney C. Coke is the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, IL. Dr. Coke spent his formative years on a citrus and sugar cane farm in Pennants, Clarendon where he was raised by his grandparents. He obtained a B.S. in biology at the University of Chicago and his Doctorate in Medicine at Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Dr. Coke completed his residency in Radiation Oncology at McGill University, Montreal, Canada and is board certified by the American Board of Radiation Oncology.
Dr. Coke also has a home in Potsdam, St. Elizabeth and is deeply entrenched in the community. He has worked with the local chapter of the Lion's Club to refurbish the Potsdam Community Centre; has given multiple Jamaica Cancer Society sponsored talks to the community; has helped to co-found a two-week summer Arts and Enrichment Camp for 6-8 years old students; and most recently he led a team of US physicians for a 3 day oncology clinic where over 175 patients were seen and treated free of cost. Dr. Coke’s hobbies include distance running, gardening and traveling. He resides in the Chicago area with his wife and daughters.