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An honour for all - Final group of RJRGLEANER awardees receive citations ahead of Feb 13 ceremony

Published:Friday | February 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer
From left: Patrick Hylton, president and group CEO of NCB Jamaica; Professor Gordon Shirley; Senator Floyd Morris; and Gloria Henry, assistant vice president – operations at Montego Bay Freezone Company Limited, stepped outside of The Gleaner’s North Street offices in Kingston yesterday after an RJRGLEANER Honour Awards presentation ceremony.

One of 13 awardees will this year be named the RJRGLEANER 'Man of the Year' on February 13 during a ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

Yesterday, the final group of four was presented with their individual citations in three categories - Business, Education, and Public Service - during an awards presentation luncheon at The Gleaner's North Street offices.

The fantastic four - Gloria Henry, Patrick Hylton, Senator Dr Floyd Morris, and Professor Gordon Shirley - have each offered outstanding contributions in the categories for which they were selected.

This followed the previous two luncheons, where the likes of Miss Jamaica Universe 2017 Davina Bennett, veteran reggae singer Beres Hammond, Olympic and World 110 metres hurdles champion Omar McLeod, and Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, and other equally deserving individuals and entities were awarded.

Henry, the vivacious Montego Bay-based businesswoman, received her citation in the category of Business (Special Award).

The former Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce president said that she was honoured to have been selected and that she felt empowered by the award.




Patrick Hylton, National Commercial Bank president and group chief executive officer, pointed to the support of his wife, Olympian Brigitte Foster Hylton, and the diligence of his parents as the most impactful influences on his life. He was recognised in the Business category.

"I want to thank the RJRGLEANER Group for this award. I have been blessed and inspired by my mother to remain focused, disciplined, and committed. I am very grateful to her and my wife and the thousands of people at NCB Jamaica," Hylton said.

Morris, a former state minister, Senate president and current Opposition senator, copped the award in the category of Education for being the first visually impaired Jamaican to attain a doctorate in philosophy.

The St Mary native said that he, too, was grateful and "deeply honoured" to receive the award from the RJRGLEANER Group.

"I make blindness look easy because of the support of family and because of the commitment to serve and the love of God," Morris said.

The award in the category of Public Service went to Professor Gordon Shirley, a trained engineer who has established himself as a distinguished educator, diplomat, and administrator.

Shirley is responsible for the implementation of the University of the West Indies' 2007-2012 Strategic Plan, which included developments such as a Western Jamaica Campus and expansion in the medical and law faculties.