JG - Awardees surprised - OJ recipients react to announcement
Awardees surprised - OJ recipients react to announcement
published: Monday August 7, 2006
Dionne Rose, Staff Reporter
( L - R ) Davis and Lopez
Three outstanding Jamaicans who will be conferred with the Order of Jamaica (OJ) later this year reacted with a mixture of pride and humility following the announcement of the awards at the weekend.
They are among the five who will receive the nation's fourth-highest honour. Overall, 113 persons have been selected to receive National Honours and Awards.
Dr. Rae Davis, who will receive the OJ, told The Gleaner he was deeply grateful.
"I feel honoured that the country has recognised my service in this manner and I feel honoured to have served my country," he said.
Dr. Davis, who is the principal of the University of Technology (UTech), and who was also appointed to lead the task force that made recommendations for the reform of the education sector, was honoured for his contribution to that sectors.
For Beverley Lopez, who will also receive the OJ on National Heroes Day, October 16, the news was a surprise.
"It was never something that I ever imagined in my wildest dreams," she said with pride.
Mrs. Lopez said she felt humbled, but was quick to point out that the award was not about her but about the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, of which she is currently president.
Neville 'Teddy' Mc-Cook, former president of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association, who will receive the OJ for his service to sports since 1964, was also surprised on hearing he would be honoured.
"I am grateful. When a nation recognises you like that you have to feel extremely proud and honoured," he told The Gleaner.
The other two Jamaicans who will receive the OJ are Ray Elias Hadeed, for pioneering service to Manufacturing, and Professor Owen St. Clair Morgan, for his distinguished contribution to Medicine and Medical Education in Jamaica and internationally.
Thirty-one Jamaicans will be conferred with the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD). Among them is Douglas Vaz for his contribution to Politics and Manufacturing.
Mr. Vaz served 17 years as a Member of Parliament and seven years as Minister of Industry and Commerce under the Jamaica Labour Party administration during the 1980s.
"I am very pleased and honoured," he said.
Newton James, managing director of Power106FM, will also receive the Order of Distinction (CD) for his 43 years of service to Broadcasting.
"I am very delighted and I feel very honoured to receive such an award like that," Mr. James said. "When one loves what they are doing and it (the award) comes along you accept it with great humility."
Among the others who will receive the Order of Distinction (CD) are Dr. Kenrick Barrow, for outstanding services to Medicine and Medical Education; Kenneth Benjamin, for his contribution to Business and Entrepreneurship; Bishop Charles Dufour, for sterling service in the fields of Religion and Social Development ;and Dr. William Foster, for outstanding voluntary service to Jamaican children in the field of Open Heart Surgery.
Other recipients of the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander are: Dr. Pauline Knight, for Social Policy Development; Lenbert 'Lennie' Little-White, for Communication and the Film Industry; Pamela McLean, for her contribution to the Export Industry; and Director of Public Prosecutions, Kent Pantry for his service to the Legal Profession; Commissioner of Police Lucius Thomas, for his contribution to Nation Building and Public Safety; Rosemarie Vernon for sterling contribution to Education at all levels in Jamaica and Dr. Barrington Wint, for outstanding contribution to Medicine in the field of Public Health.
The late Ferdinand Adolphus Buxton-Thompson will be awarded the CD posthumously for his contribution to the development of Education in Jamaica.
Meanwhile, among the 43 Jamaicans awarded the Order of Distinction in the rank of Officer (OD) are Lloyd "King Jammy" James, for his contribution to the Music Industry.
Mr. James told The Gleaner he welcomed the award for his 32 years of service to the industry.
Others receiving the OD are Wesley Barrett, for distinguished service to Education; Stephen Francis, coach of world 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell, for Athletics; and Boris Gardiner, for the Music Industry
Three persons have been awarded with the Badge of Honour and Gallantry, including Harold Bailey for heroism far beyond the call of duty. Mr. Bailey swam out to a crashed plane on the ocean side of the Palisadoes Peninsula, rescuing and bringing to shore the sole survivor of the crash in 1953.
Ten persons are to receive the Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service and 21 persons the Badge of Honour for Long and Faithful Service.