5 Jamaicans Honoured by Canadians

Five outstanding Jamaicans were recognised for their contribution to social programmes undertaken throughout the island, at today’s (July 19) inaugural ‘Making a Difference Award’ ceremony, held at the official residence of the Canadian High Commissioner, in Kingston.

The recipients are: Superintendent/Director of the Jamaica Christian Boys’ Home, Francis Knight; Founder and Executive/Artistic Director of the Area Youth Foundation, Sheila Graham; Democracy and Governance Fund Manager/Canadian Fund for Local Initiative (CLFI) Co-ordinator, High Commission of Canada,

Dr. Deborah Duperly-Pinks; Mr. Fabian Brown of the St. Patrick’s Foundation and Citizens for Free and Fair Elections (CAFFE); and Moira Morgan of Hush the Guns /Griffin Trust, a charity organisation in the United Kingdom (UK), with a Jamaican chapter.

An initiative of the Canadian High Commission, the ‘Making a Difference Award’ was created to formally recognise Jamaicans who have contributed to the fostering of positive relations between Jamaica and Canada.

The award will be given annually to individuals or organisations that make a significant contribution to the delivery of any programme of the High Commission, particularly which impacts Jamaica’s well-being and development; provide outstanding service to Jamaicans (with some connection to High Commission of Canada programmes or activities); and foster relations between Canada and Jamaica.

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who presented the recipients with their awards, praised them for the contribution they have made to social programmes in Jamaica, noting that they have given their time and talent to foster character building and development in young people.

Source – JIS