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JWN stalwarts to receive national awards

Published:Friday | October 13, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Joy Spence
Contributed Photo J Wray and Nephew

J. Wray and Nephew Limited's chairman, Clement 'Jimmy' Lawrence and master blender, Joy Spence, are humbled to be listed among those slated for national awards this year.

Lawrence, who will receive the Order of Distinction, Commander Class (CD), for invaluable contribution to the spirits industry in Jamaica, said "this award has more to do with the unselfish support that I have been privileged to have from my family and work colleagues, than my own endeavours".

Lawrence, the company's former managing director, has held successively more responsible roles culminating in his current position. The driver of the expansion of the Appleton Estate Rum Tour, which when completed will represent the largest tourist investment on the South Coast, added that "this recognition will inspire me to give back even more to Jamaica, Land We Love."

No easy feat as Lawrence, in his role as chairman of the JWN Foundation, has spearheaded several philanthropic initiatives and intervention programmes.

Spence, a 2005 recipient of a national award - the Order of Distinction, Officer Rank, for service to the wines and spirits industry, will receive a well-deserved upgrade to Order of Distinction, Commander Class (CD), for contribution to the Promotion of Jamaica's rum industry and Brand Jamaica globally.

Spence, who joined Appleton Estate as chief chemist in 1981 and eventually gained the title of master blender in 1997, was the first female in the wines and spirits industry to earn the status of master blender.

The award came as a surprise to Spence, who said: "Whatever I have done over these many years is as a result of the passion that I have for the rum industry and Brand Jamaica. I consider it a privilege to be able to contribute to my country's economy in a meaningful way and once again thank those who helped to make it happen."

Spence's creations include Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaica Rum, Appleton Estate Extra 12-Year-Old, Appleton Estate Master Blenders' Legacy, the Appleton Estate 50-Year-Old Jamaica Rum - Jamaica Independence Reserve Limited Edition Rum, and most recently, JOY, a limited-edition rum dedicated to her 35 years' service, which sold off in record time.

The 2017 National Honours and Awards ceremony will be held on the lawns of King's House on National Heroes' Day, Monday October 16, 2017.