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Audrey Hinchcliffe celebrates 75

Published:Sunday | January 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer

Opening batsman P.J. Patterson saluted Audrey Hinchcliffe for her outstanding contribution to national life during her 75th birthday party at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St Andrew on Saturday, January 10.

Hinchcliffe shared her special day with those who the former prime minister tagged "a galaxy of unusual range" - people from all walks of life, covering every field.

Indeed, the Manpower & Maintenance Services chief executive officer's who's who list of guests included members of Government - past and present - as well as representatives of academia, the business community, and family.

Those who turned out acknowledged, without hesitation, that the country owed a debt of gratitude to the Trojan of a woman.

She beamed with pride while showing immense appreciation for the accolades that were strewn on her.

"She brings the management side of things with the employee side," said Patterson, adding that once Hinchcliffe was in your corner, "your back was well protected".

Hinchcliffe's eldest sister, 92-year-old Winnifred Williams, followed.

"Honesty, character, integrity, kind and loving, all come easily to you," she said of her younger sister.

When it came to the time for her business associate, Courtney Campbell of GraceKennedy, to speak, it only got better.

The large turnout of guests seated in the intimate ballroom were hearing many things they probably already knew, but it was joy to hear how secure and confident Hinchcliffe is.

"You have been a servant leader," said Campbell, even as he spoke of a lady of strong conviction, one who pulls no punches, shares a positive perspective, and who has served her country with distinction.

Hinchcliffe is one of few Caribbean women to have been invited by Hillary Clinton to serve on the US Department of State's International Council on Women's Business Leadership.

An inspirational leader, impatient with mediocrity, Hinchcliffe was also lauded for her commitment to the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning by the Reverend Webster Edwards.

As fantastic and pleasing as the salutations were, the talk was comple-mented with the joy of great music.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com