Seven receive Sam Sharpe awards
One company and six individuals were presented with Sam Sharpe Awards by the St James Parish Council at a civic ceremony held on Monday at Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, St James.
The recipients are: 100year-old Iris Denniston, for service in the field of health; Vivian Douglas and Irvin Atkinson for their contribution to education; football administrator and coach Tracy Reid for service in the field of sport; hotelier Doris Morgan for her contribution to tourism; Deputy Superintendent of Police Mercedes Curry for service in the field of national security; and Western Publishers Limited, publishers of the Western Mirror newspaper, for contribution in the field of industry and commerce.
In his address, Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Glendon Harris said the parish of St James has benefited immensely from the contributions made in the various fields by the Sam Sharpe awardees.
He also stated that despite recent social issues which have been affecting the parish, there is still a sense of hope among the citizens that better days are ahead.
“We must move forward with hope, built on our heritage, our legacy, our strength. As we seek to tame crime ... the only way forward is to unite in love to preserve that which our heroes fought for,” Harris said.