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Nominations now open for PM's Medal of Appreciation

Published:Friday | June 8, 2012 | 12:00 AM

AS JAMAICA celebrates its 50th anniversary of Independence, Jamaicans home and abroad who have made sterling contribution to the country are to be presented with the 2012 Prime Minister's Medal of Appreciation for service to Jamaica.

The Office of the Prime Minister recently announced that nominations are open for the award.

Nominees must have a proven record of outstanding service and have made a significant contribution to the economic, social, cultural or political development of Jamaica. Nominees will be reviewed on the basis of how they have made the contribution through innovation, creativity and especially community involvement.

The categories are: academia, business, entrepreneurship, agriculture, art and culture and medicine. Nominations are open to organisations and to individuals of Jamaican nationality, including those in the diaspora.

A time for celebration

According to the Office of the Prime Minister's (OPM) website, www.opm.gov.jm, the Prime Minister's Medal of Appreciation was introduced in 1983 as a part of the nation's celebrations of the country's then 21st anniversary of political independence.

The website quotes Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller saying: "In this 50th year of our political independence, it is important that we celebrate the people who have helped to build our country, many of whom are unsung heroes in their communities, here and abroad." The awards will target persons in communities who, through selfless service, have been a force for upliftment and good.

Persons interested in nominating someone must have Jamaican nationality and must send in an up-to-date biographical note or resumé of the nominee. Videos of the nominee in action are also accepted. Past winners include: ceramic artist Gene Pearson, for the field of the visual arts; music producer, Christopher Blackwell; the late broadcaster Neville Willoughby; and organisations including the Salvation Army and the Montego Bay based Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill.

Interested persons can download the nomination form from the OPM website, or collect hard copies from The Chancery of the Orders of the Societies of Honour, at the OPM on Devon Road, the same place they must be handed in. Nominations can be submitted electronically along with the relevant supporting documentation. Nominations close June 29.