Bursting with vim and vigour, and overflowing with happiness, Joy 'Mama Joy' Baker was caught up in Ellan Edward Neil's rendition of One Ting Lead To Annada, as she gyrated and danced on the lawns of King's House in St Andrew yesterday.
The bubbly humanitarian was enjoying every moment of the occasion as she was made a member of the Order of Distinction in the rank of Officer at the National Honours and Awards investiture ceremony.
Mama Joy was among the 157 Jamaicans who were presented with national honours and awards for outstanding contribution to the country's development through their service in various fields.
The 64-year-old was being honoured for her service to the development of inner-city communities and the fostering of children.
"To do all the things that I have done and to get this award, I am feeling good. I only want some more help in what I am doing with the children, there are a lot more children that need help," stated Mama Joy.
"I just want God to give me the strength to continue."
For the past 41 years the compassionate woman with a heart of gold has been making a significant impact in the lives of inner-city youth in Southside and central Kingston, steering them on the right path.
Celebrating the occasion with Mama Joy was her close friend of over 20 years, Brigitte Foreman.
"She has done a whole lot, rescuing children spiritually and physically and I feel so good for her today. It is well deserved and long in coming. To God be the glory," stated Foreman.
She said all around her community they have been elated and celebrating the honour, all expressing that it was long overdue.
Following the ceremony, her 'children' and close friends hosted a celebratory party for their beloved Mama Joy at the Institute of Jamaica in downtown Kingston.