Thursday, June 9, 2011

Kiwanis heroines

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller (third left) and president of the club, Andrea Moore (fourth left), share some of the spotlight with the awardees (from left) Myrna Hague-Bradshaw, Barbara Gloudon, Jacqueline Samuels-Brown, Verene Sheperd, Dr Patricia Yap and Lisa Lewis (accepting on behalf of the Digicel Foundation). - photos by Gladstone Taylor

Kiwanis heroines (excerpt from Observer column by Jean Lowrie-Chin - 6 JUN 11)

We may have been the only ones giving Barbara Gloudon a standing ovation last Wednesday, but we were not at all deterred. Miss B was one of five exceptional Jamaican ladies who were honoured by the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston for their excellence and contribution to the people of Jamaica. The citations reminded us that in this small spot we have some of the biggest hearts and finest minds: Barbara Gloudon, playwright, cultural icon and wearer of innumerable other hats; Professor Verene Shepherd, passionate historian and gender specialist; Myrna Hague-Bradshaw, dazzling jazz singer and innovator; Jacqueline Samuels-Brown, legal luminary and Dr Patricia Yap, brilliant dermatologist and entrepreneur.

We were delighted that the Digicel Foundation received the "Because You Care" Community Service Award for ploughing $750 million into sustainable projects across the island since 2004. (I am advised that I should mention they are a client.)

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