The Gleaner's Honour Awards 2012 is using Jamaica's 50th anniversary to recognise corporate and individual contributions to national growth.
This complements the company's year-long exploration of developmental issues and solutions through its 'The Next 50 Years' feature, begun in 2012.
In this, the members of its selection committee, headed by Professor Gerald Lalor, OJ, have identified members of corporate Jamaica who have been supporting important areas through their direct and indirect involvement.
It is hoped that this will encourage even more companies to expand their existing programmes.
Said Lalor: "It was a very difficult process to select the nominees from which the Golden Award winner will come. By retaining the eight categories, however, we have reinforced the point that we all have our own areas of talent, passion and excellence."
These winners will be announced at the presentation function prior to the announcement of the Golden Award recipient from the group.
The Global Jamaican Award, the top individual award, will recognise a living Jamaican who has had the most significant impact on global life - a living example of excellence for emulation.
"Personal excellence," stated Lalor, "is what drives success in every area."
Expanded awards function
The winner of this award will also be announced at the awards function on January 31, which has been expanded to signify the uniqueness of the awards.
Managing director of The Gleaner Company, Christopher Barnes, noted: "We changed the awards because we wanted to recognise the excellent work of organisations that have supported development in each of those categories within the last 50 years. Our selection committee has very ably fulfilled its mandate."
As The Gleaner continues its preparation to celebrate the nominees in its 2012 programme, it will begin to share their stories in a series of profiles over the next few weeks.