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June Daley makes Top Ten

Published:Monday | February 16, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Janelle Oswald, Contributor

President of Miss Jamaica UK June Daley was recently honoured for her excellence and selfless service to young women by helping them achieve their dreams to become ambassadors for Jamaica.

Honoured at a ceremony in London along with nine other women, Daley was named in the AfroNews Top 10 UK - African/Caribbean Women of the Year Awards.

Speaking exclusively to The Gleaner about her award, Daley said: "I am humbled and greatly honoured to receive this prestigious recognition and to be included among such formidable, powerful women who are providing excellent and selfless service to the community."

Playing a pivotal role in connecting countless second, third and fourth-generation young women to their Jamaican heritage, Daley added: "The award shows that my work has been noticed by AfroNews, which is based in Italy, and proves that you never know who is watching you. AfroNews has observed community service especially with the youth - not just with the pageant."

Daley launched Miss Jamaica UK, in 1990, aiming to bring British-Jamaican women closer to the country of their parents and grandparents' birth, thus developing a sense of pride and confidence and becoming ambassadors.

Reminiscing on the last 25 years, Daley told The Gleaner, "My motto is 'keep the Jamaican flag flying higher and higher,' which is what my contestants have done successfully over the years. The best part of the last two decades for me is watching the winners and other contestants achieve their goals. My girls have done our nation proud."

Others named in the Top 10 List include: Councillor Whitney Ihenachor; Dr Comfort Momoh MBE; Councillor Kate Anolue; Fiona Small; Mama Charlotte Simon; Sherry Anne Dixon; Pauline Long and Sonia Meggie, who is also of Jamaican heritage.

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Founder of Inspirational You - a London-based social enterprise connecting, inspiring and empowering young people, women and black and Asian professionals, Meggie, told The Gleaner: "My award is a reminder that we must continue to create a legacy and positively impact for the next generation."

Fellow Jamaican British Member of Parliament, Dianne Abbott, who was the first black woman in parliament and one of the longest serving ministers of government, received the Special Lifetime Recognition Award along with Theodora Ibekwe-Oyebade and Dr Nkem Ezeilo.

Lambeth Mayor Councillor Adedamola Aminu, who gave a gong to each inspiring woman, told The Gleaner: "It is a great honour to recognise all these inspiring women. The Mayor's Parlour is open for them all. I'm here to support their wonderful community projects.

He told the recipients: "Keep serving the community to the best of your abilities; you have shown great leadership and selflessness, and each of you deserves the title of African/Caribbean Woman of the Year."

A recipient of numerous other awards, Daley, who operates a vintage boutique, is currently making plans to visit Jamaica to honour other women who work tirelessly in their fields and have not been recognised - as an ambassadors for Black Enter-tainment Film Fashion and Television Awards.