Jamaica-born June Daley, president of Miss Jamaica UK, recently received an award in the field of youth, for being the founder and president of the more than 20-year-old Miss Jamaica UK beauty pageant. She was among 10 people recognised during celebrations in commemoration of Jamaica's 50th anniversary of Independence in London, England.
The others were Steve Stephenson - sports, Rose Hudson-Wilkins and Bishop Wilton Powell - religion, Gloria Lesley - health, George Hamilton - business, Humroy White - education, Althea Smith - politics, Harold H. Patten - culture and entertainment, and Merlene Ottey and Donald Quarrie both received special lifetime achievement awards for their worldwide sporting achievements.
Daley is an entrepreneur who runs vintage shops and is actively involved in charity work for Jamaica Inner City Foundation, Denham Town Basic School and scholarship fund-raising for students at the University of the West Indies. She also conducts beauty seminars and motivational workshops.
Daley told The Gleaner she was humbled and honoured to be acknowledged in this way, especially during such a significant year for Jamaica.
"When I arrived in London in the early '80s, Jamaica did not have such a prominent profile as it does today. I am proud to say I have been part of helping to raise the profile of my beloved homeland, proving that dedication and hard work pay. I have been promoting Jamaica in the UK and internationally for the past 23 years and will continue with God's grace," Daley said.