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Published:Sunday | January 11, 2015 | 12:00 AM
The winning women of 2013, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (left) and Tessanne Chin enjoy their momement after sharing the top award.

AT the end of each year, The Gleaner focuses its attention on identifying those persons and organisations that have made and will make the greatest contribution to national life. This it does through its Gleaner Honour Awards programme.

Presented since 1979, The Gleaner Honour Awards recognises the initiative, accomplishment and courage of individuals and organisations that have contributed significantly to improving Jamaica's quality of life, at any time in the preceding 12 months, or are likely to bring about such a change in the immediate future.

Through its selection committee, headed by Professor Gerald Lalor, OJ, the company has consistently identified persons and organisations that have been supporting important areas of development through their direct involvement - the spin-offs of which are invaluable.

"It is a pleasure to chair a committee that gets to review the splendid contributions of national importance that so many persons are making. I wish the award recipients continuing success," said Professor Lalor, who led the team that reviewed the 113 nominations.

The categories in which awards are presented are:

• Arts and Culture

• Public Service

n Sports

n Education

n Science and Technology

• Voluntary Service

n Entertainment

• Health and Wellness

n Business

past recipients

The overall winner, to be announced at the gala event, will join the company of past recipients, including Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Tessanne Chin, Digicel, Usain Bolt, The Jamaica Library Service, and The University of the West Indies Distance Education Centre, many of whom continue to provide exceptional service.

Christopher Barnes, The Gleaner's managing director, stated: "As the organisation that has had the privilege of recording the important events in our national life for over 180 years, we also see it as our responsibility to remind everyone that there are persons and organisations in our society who are, according to our national anthem, working diligently and creatively to make Jamaica a better place. This is what the process of selecting and

celebrating the winners means to us."

The category winners in this year's programme will be profiled in The Gleaner over the next two weeks and fÍted at several category luncheons at The Gleaner's corporate offices prior to the gala awards luncheon on January 29.