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Gleaner hosts third 2014 Honour Awards luncheon

Published:Friday | January 23, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer

The sounds of laughter complemented what was an already vibrant atmosphere at The Gleaner Company's head office in Kingston yesterday, as the institution staged the third of three awards category luncheons and made presentations to another batch of recipients, shortlisted for next week's awards gala.

Each year, since 1979, the newspaper honours the initiative, courage and accomplishments of organisations and individuals whose contributions have significantly improved Jamaica's quality of life.

Added to those individuals and organisations already shortlisted are the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS), which received the award for Health and Wellness, the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) for the Arts and Culture award, the film Destiny won the award for entertainment and Marcia Griffiths got the Lifetime Achievement Award for Entertainment.

Anne-Marie Bonner, executive director of the IOJ, said she was very honoured to accept the award on behalf of her council and staff.

Marcia Griffiths was lost for words as she was noticeably overwhelmed to have received the award.

"I am very honoured to be recognised and honoured by The Gleaner Company," she said. "This is just a reminder of the hard work that I (have) put in and it gives me more motivation to continue trying to uplift and educate through the medium of music," she told The Gleaner.

Message To Females

She also took the occasion to send a strong message to females in music industry who aspire to be great.

"As long as you have a God-given talent you should contribute in a positive way to the development of our country by sending a positive message to teach the world, especially this generation, which needs so much guidance," Griffiths said.

Meanwhile Yulit Gordon, executive director of the JCS stated that receiving the award was a very humbling experience, as the work they do was not for recognition.

"We at the JCS are very happy because this represents a significant milestone in the history of the JCS. This year is our 60th anniversary as well, so to be recognised for the work that we do in our 60th year is a wonderful experience. And this success would not be possible without the committed and dedicated staff members of the Jamaica Cancer Society," Gordon told The Gleaner.

Jeremy Whittaker, CEO of Grasshopper Productions Limited, noted that receiving the award validated the hard work that the members of the team put into the making of 'Destiny'.

"This feels very great, it's a wonderful honour to be recognised. It is reassuring and encouraging for us, especially since this is a new industry and we are helping to develop it," he said.

"We are looking forward to further developing this industry and also build platforms for other film makers coming up," Whittaker added.

The 2014 Honour Awards Gala Luncheon is set for January 29th.