The experience of Joy
On Sunday, specially invited guests converged at the Sunken Garden at Hope Gardens, St Andrew for a special evening - to experience 'Joy'.
Appleton Estate declared 2017 'The year of Joy', to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first female master blender - Joy Spence. Part of the festivities included the world famous rum launching the Joy 20th Anniversary Blend.
The evening's proceedings revolved around the remarkable woman. According to former managing director, William McConnell: "The opportunity to pay respect to such a remarkable person as Joy comes very infrequently. Not many people possess her rare qualities and passion. Joy is a rare person, a one of a kind."
This was supported by Wray & Nephew's chairman, Clement 'Jimmy' Lawrence, who noted that based on definition: "To have Joy is to experience delight, happiness, pleasure, elation, and felicity! Yes, this is what she brings to us!" He added: "It is difficult to find someone who wasn't better off for having encountered her in their lives."
Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett, who calls Spence a friend, thanked her for not only building this great brand, but for helping to bring worldwide recognition to Jamaica.
STRENGTH, PATIENCE, PASSION,
In between sips of an exquisite blend and delicious fare by Christian Sweeny, Spence revealed in her response that though she considers herself fearless, passionate and highly competitive. She was shaking in her boots when she was appointed master blender. "I sought assurance in my many conversations with God," she said. "I never could have imagined the journey that was ahead of me. As Harriet Tubman said: 'Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world'."