National honourees humbled by recognition
Honourees at this morning’s National Honours and Awards ceremony have expressed gratitude for being recognised for their service to the country.
National Housing Trust chairman Easton Douglas, who was invested in the Order of Jamaica, said he was humbled by the award.
He said he was also happy that after 59 years in public service he has been recognised by his peers and by the nation.
The Reverend Dr Garnet Brown, who was also appointed to the Order of Jamaica, shared similar sentiments to Douglas.
Brown, who is credited with being instrumental in the creation of such national institutions as Rural Agricultural Development Authority and the Management Institute for National Development, said the honour has brought him a sense of fulfilment.
Meanwhile, Award winning poet and author, Professor Lorna Goodison, was gracious in accepting her appointment to the Order of Distinction (Commander Class).
She noted that when she began writing over thirty years ago she never dreamt of receiving such an award.
A total of 179 outstanding Jamaicans, who have contributed to nation building, were recognised at the ceremony.
The highest civilian honour, which is the Order of Merit, was conferred posthumously on Dr Olive Lewin for her service in the fields of Folk Music Research and Performance, and Music Education.
Her daughter, Major Joanna Lewin, accepted on her behalf.
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