Toasting women of excellence

Published: Friday | March 13, 2009

Latoya Grindley, Gleaner Writer

Left: Sheila Graham is very pleased with her award. Right: Retired educator Pamela Harrison strikes a pose with her Veuve Clicquot Award of Excellence for professional achievement. - photos by Colin Hamilton/Freelance Photographer

Left: Frances Madden beams after receiving the NCB Outstanding Community Service Award. She was one of five women lauded at the New Kingston Kiwanis Club's Women of Excellence champagne luncheon. Right: Scarlette Gillings shows off her Veuve Clicquot award for Professional Excellence at the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston's Women of Excellence champagne luncheon. Gillings was honoured along with four other women.

Good deeds and hard work should not go unrewarded and in recognition of the work of five outstanding women, the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston hosted its annual Women of Excellence champagne luncheon last Friday, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

Kiwanians, sponsors and associates turned out at the New Kingston landmark to celebrate and honour five women for achievements that have impacted the lives of many.

Toasts and cheers were given to the outstanding women lauded by the organisation. Pamela Harrison, Sheila Graham, Frances Madden and Scarlette Gillings were each awarded the Veuve Clicquot Award. Dr Carolyn Gomes received the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston Award for Exemplary Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility. The final recipient, Frances Gomes, walked away with the Outstanding Community Service Award.

This year marked the 17th staging of the event that has become one of the club's major fund-raising activities. From contributions and sponsorship of the event, proceeds will go towards the Kiwanis Environmental Health and Learning Initiative.

20 years of existence

While celebrating the work of the five women, the club was also marking 20 years of existence. And it did so in style, with a room beautifully decorated, a four-course meal and lots of of champagne. Guest speaker for the occasion was Derek Jones, who spoke on the subject of cancer. He urged women to do regular check-ups for early detection.

Among the gathering were Norma Shirley, Beverly Lopez, Andrew Price, Veenal Vaswani, Marilyn Bennett and president-elect of the New Kingston chapter, Suzanne Leslie-Bailey.

Businesswoman Bev Lopez (left) is in a happy mood with Judith Hanson at the luncheon.

Veenal Vaswani went for the casual but sophisticated look for the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston's Women of Excellence champagne luncheon