St James lay magistrates bestow honour
Karrie Williams, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:Several outstanding citizens of St James were recently honoured for their contribution to nation building at an annual awards banquet put on by the Lay Magistrates Association of Jamaica, St James chapter.
Among those in attendance at the elegant affair held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Saturday, November 29, were Ewen Corrodus, custos rotulorum of St James; Hugh Perry, national president of the Lay Magistrates Association of Jamaica; Glendon Harris, mayor of Montego Bay; and Professor Trevor Munroe, executive director of National Integrity Action.
In acknowledging the awardees, Claudette Bryan, president of the St James Lay Magistrates Association, said it was important to reward persons while they were still alive.
"I am a firm believer in recognising people when they are alive. You must give a man his due reward while he still lives," she said.
The night saw eight awards being handed out, four of which were copped by justices of the peace (JPs). The JPs receiving awards included Norma Taylor, who was honoured for her work in the development of tourism; Reverend Everton Jackson, in the field of religion, Marvell Chambers, for his work in the agricultural sector, and Clinton Pickering, as a distinguished journalist.
The other awards were presented to O. Dave Allen for community service, Yvonne Gordon for her work in education, Dr Dean Weatherly, for his contribution to sports, and Prudence Scarlett, for her work in the health sector.
Making reference to some of the country's significant achievements, Munroe, who was the night's guest speaker, urged everyone to perform at their optimum, noting, "because of the demonstrative capability of our people to be top achievers, it is unacceptable to live with underperformance at any level".
The night's proceedings were further complemented by a three-course meal and a musical interlude by Melvin Williams and Company.
In addition to the awards, prizes were also handed out to outstanding members of the St James Lay Magistrates Association.
The Half Moon and Iberostar resorts, Digicel Business, Victoria Mutual Building Society and NCB Capital Markets were the night's major sponsors.