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Hats off to Edward Seaga

Published:Sunday | January 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberly Goodall
Attorney-at-law, Human Rights Activist and Designer Jasmine Rand makes a fashion statement in one of her designs.
This lovely quartet of from left: Director of the Consular Corps of Jamaica Alveta Knight, Director of the National Museum Jamaica Jonathan Greenland, Michelle Bovell and Dean of the Consular Michael Subratie.
CEO of Seprod Group, Richard Pandohie spotted by our camera snuggling up to his beautiful wife, Nicole.
Deputy Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations, Shorna-Kay Richards is looking smashing in this blue dress.
The political legend, Edward Seaga, is sandwiched by his wife, Carla (left) and daughter, Gabrielle.
Former Prime Minister, Edward Seaga (left), presented with the inaugural Consular Corps of Jamaica Global Achievement Award by Dean of the Consular Corps, Michael Subratie.
Honorary Consul of Ethiopia Yodit Getachew Hylton with her adorable daughter, Nyle (left) and Laila Chen, members of the Jamaica Youth Symphony Orchestra which performed the National Anthem.
Director of Chas E. Ramson Limited, Christopher Ramson, shares lens with the stunning Shawna Williams.
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Spanish Court Hotel's Valencia MLT was the elegant location, as the Consular Corps of Jamaica hosted a black-tie dinner reception to honour a political stalwart, Former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, and provide support to the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

As the women in beautiful dresses and men in sharp suits made their way to the ballroom, they took time out to pay respect to the 86-year-old Seaga who was dressed in a classic tuxedo, his wife, Carla and daughter, Gabrielle by his side. After a mouth watering meal and the musical selections of Andre Shepherd, Seaga's niece, Rebecca Tortello-Greenland took to the stage to share a picture presentation that highlighted Seaga's work in Jamaica and admirers' views on his many projects.

 

MAN OF UNPARALLELED SUCCESS

 

Later, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson introduced the man of the hour. "He is a man of unparalleled success and was able to stay the course even through criticism. He was not a popularity seeker as he did not take the low road of leadership, he always took the high road even if it carried criticism," she emphasised.

Though Seaga may have been slowed by age, his keen sense in conversation and deftness in recalling his storied life left patrons in awe. He shared his memories of Jamaica's role in preventing the spread of communism in the Caribbean and his many experiences as a visionary. Seaga was then awarded with the diplomatic association's inaugural Global Achievement Award. The Bustamante Hospital for Children was presented with an Edward Seaga plaque. The night continued in celebration.

kimberly.goodall@gleanerjm.com