‘THIS IS IN­DEED OUR TIME’

Jamaica Gleaner - - HALL OF FAME -

LADIES AND gentle­men, it is with tremen­dous pride, yet great hu­mil­ity, that I ac­knowl­edge your in­vi­ta­tion to take my place among the other 23 Ja­maican cham­pi­ons of their in­dus­tries, who have made an in­deli­ble im­print on our na­tion.

Your recog­ni­tion honours me, to be sure, but, more im­por­tant, it chal­lenges me to strive even harder to be­come my greater self, and to be the change that I wish to see, and I thank you for that in par­tic­u­lar.

Thank you all for shar­ing this spe­cial evening with Heidi and me.

I thank the PSOJ for this hon­our, and I ded­i­cate tonight to my fam­ily, Mom and Dad ... and to the over 1,200 mem­bers of the ‘Na­tional fam­ily’ whose com­mit­ment and hard work make giv­ing back pos­si­ble.

I also ded­i­cate this night to two pow­er­ful men­tors: Mon­signor Gre­gory Ramkissoon of the Mus­tard Seed Com­mu­ni­ties and Sis­ter Bene­dict Chung of the Laws Street Trade Train­ing Cen­tre – both of whom have been out­stand­ing role mod­els, ex­em­pli­fy­ing ser­vice above self in all their life’s work.

And I thank our loyal cus­tomers who Shar­ing a light-hearted mo­ment are (from left) PSOJ Pres­i­dent Paul Scott; 2016 Pri­vate Sec­tor Hall of Fame in­ductee Gary ‘Butch’ Hen­drick­son; and im­me­di­ate Past Pres­i­dent of the PSOJ Wil­liam Mah­food.

for al­most 65 years have trusted us with their fam­ily’s diet.

Charles Dick­ens might well have been de­scrib­ing our lit­tle is­land when he penned these words:

Ja­maica en­cap­su­lates this enigma ... a brand like no other, world-class ath­letes, an al­lur­ing tourism prod­uct, renowned schol­ars, med­i­cal pi­o­neers, yet per­pet­u­ally not quite there yet.

ALERT MODE

For far too long, in­deed as long as I can re­mem­ber, we have been in alert mode. We have been poised and ready at the start­ing block with

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

Proud par­ents of the honouree look on in ad­mi­ra­tion of their son’s ac­com­plish­ment.

2015 Hall of Famer Earl Jar­rett (right) greets the 2016 Hall of Famer Gary ‘Butch’ Hen­drick­son (cen­tre), while PSOJ Pres­i­dent Paul Scott looks on.

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