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'Avis Henriques lived a full and accomplished life'

Published:Thursday | February 26, 2015 | 6:51 PM

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) and Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) have expressed condolences to the family of the late Avis Henriques.

Henriques, who died recently at age 91, served as the first female president of the PSOJ and, so far, only female head of the JCC.

She was the second PSOJ president overall, holding the post from 1981-1983.

"Mrs Henriques provided wise leadership to the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce when she served as the Chamber's president during the critical period 1976-1980," the JCC said in a statement, noting that she was also a past president of the Associated Chambers of Commerce.

Henriques, born on October 17, 1923, is a past student of Wolmer's Girls School and attended McGill University before, in 1946, embarking on an 18-year career as a teacher of French, Latin and English in various high schools.

In 1964, Henriques took up the post of assistant to the managing director at L.A. Henriques Ltd, after which she became chairman and managing director from 1971 to 1983.

In 1986, she took up the posts of company director, president and chief professional officer at United Way Jamaica Ltd.

Henriques, who was also a freelance Gleaner columnist and JBC radio and TV commentator, was the widow of Leslie Alexander Henriques. They had four sons.

"Avis Henriques lived a full and accomplished life and, even though her recent years were characterised by illness, she remains an inspiration to many, for her characteristic calm and her soft-spoken but resolute championship of issues of consequence to the business community and the wider society," the JCC said.

For her services to the business community she was awarded the Order of Distinction in the rank of commander.