Monday, 17 October 2011
TRAIL BLAZERS: Some 150 Jamaicans conferred with national honours
In keeping with tradition, scores of outstanding Jamaicans were on Monday recognized for their outstanding contributions to nation building, at the 2011 National Honours and Awards ceremony, held on the lawns of King's House. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who presided over the function, presented the 152 awardees, including members of the uniformed groups, with their awards in the categories of Order of Jamaica (OJ); Order of Distinction in the ranks of Commander (CD) and Officer (OD); the Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service; and the Badges of Honour for Meritorious and Long and Faithful Service.
Ryerson University’s Dr. Gladstone Raymond Chang, was one of the six recipients who received the Order of Jamaica, the nation's fourth highest honour. Dr. Chang was honoured for his contribution as a business leader and philanthropist in the financial, health, and education sectors. The other recipients of the Order of Jamaica were: Hugh Hart, for service to the bauxite and alumina industry and the legal profession; Peter Moses, for service to the private and public sectors and community development; Frank Phipps, for contribution to the legal profession; Molly Rhone, for service in sports administration; and Ambassador Douglas Saunders, for contribution to the public service.
Former Children's Advocate Mary Clarke, who has done outstanding work in advancing the rights and interests of Jamaica's children, was among the 26 persons who were conferred with the Order of Distinction in the Commander Class (CD).