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37 years of the Gleaner Honour Awards

Published:Monday | January 9, 2017 | 12:01 AM

Since 1979, The Gleaner has recognised outstanding Jamaicans for their exemplary contribution to their country in various fields through its Honour Awards. Learn more about the history of the annual ceremony.

-         Former governor general of Jamaica, Sir Florizel Glasspole, received the first Gleaner Honour Award in 1980 for his efforts to provide a sense of leadership and balance in Jamaica throughout a politically tumultuous 1979.                                 




-         Three persons have won the Gleaner Honour Awards’ top prize – Man of the Year, previously called the Outstanding Individual of the Year, more than once. They are: Edward Seaga, for 1980 and 1981; Usain Bolt, for 2008 and 2009 and Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, for 1987 and 1992.

-         Merlene Ottey was the first track and field athlete and woman to claim the Outstanding Individual of the Year award for her pursuit of excellence in 1993.


-         Tessanne Chin and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the first ever Women of the Year award for 2013.

"I think this one for me, in Jamaica, is very huge. I mean, it's the people and I was among some of the top females and males in Jamaica who have done so much for our country, and to come out with Tessanne as the Women of the Year is a phenomenal thing. I think God has truly outdone himself, I think, I hope.”

-       Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce


-         Late academic, activist and artist, Professor Barry Chevannes received the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award in the year 2010.

-         The people of Jamaica received a certificate of appreciation for their role in the signing of a peace accord in 1988.

-         Bob Marley received a certificate of merit for his work in popular music and entertainment in 1980.

-         The Gleaner’s Children’s Own National Spelling Bee champion Jody-Anne Maxwell received a certificate of merit for 1998. Maxwell was the first non-American to win the esteemed Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC, in May of that year.