PAJ mourns veteran journalist Clare Forrester
THE PRESS Association of Jamaica (PAJ) has paid tribute to veteran journalist Clare Forrester for her outstanding work in journalism and communications.
Forrester, 69, who served for more than three decades in media and communication, died in Florida, United States, after a long illness. She was seven days away from her 70th birthday.
"We are really saddened by Clare's passing," said PAJ President Dionne Jackson Miller.
"She was one of those members that the Association has counted on over the years for unflagging dedication, and unwavering support. We want to extend our deepest condolences to her family as we share in their loss," she added.
She served as the chief press and public relations officer at the Jamaica Informa-tion Service, director of communication at the Natural Resources and Conservation Department of the Ministry of Agriculture.
Forrester served the PAJ in a variety of capacities. For more than a decade, she shouldered the responsibilities of being PAJ secretary, during which time she significantly promoted membership growth.
When she demitted office of secretary in 1977, she was made a life member of the organisation. According to the PAJ, the commitment and dependency exercised by Forrester earned her the induction into the PAJ Hall of Fame on December 7, 2012.
She has served as the media and communication adviser with the Pan American Health Organization, the regional office of the World Health Organization for two decades.
Forrester stood out as a female sports writer, covering some of the major events, which include the Inter-Secondary Schools Association Boy and Girls Championships, Olympic Games in Atlanta, Athens, Beijing, London (2012) and the 1995 World Cup campaign.
She was also a columnist for The Jamaica Observer.
Forrester was instrumental in the formation of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) of which she was a founding member and served as general secretary and consultant.
She was recognised and awarded by the ACM for her development of Caribbean journalism in 2002.
Former PAJ president Desmond Richards, who worked closely with Forrester, also expressed his personal condolences to her family.
"The profession has lost a veteran, a personality who will be irreplaceable. The profession is the poorer for her passing," he said.
- Andrew Harris