WELL VERSED: Goodison, among the cultural stalwarts, to be honoured.
In keeping with tradition, when Jamaica observes National Heroes Day on October 21, scores of outstanding Jamaicans will receive national honours and awards at King’s House for their years-long contributions to national development, in areas ranging from public service to education to sports to the arts.
An inspired choice, the late musicologist Dr. Olive Lewin will be posthumously conferred with the nation’s third highest honour, the Order of Merit (OM). Among those, quite deservedly, to be inducted into the Order of Jamaica (OJ) are Kenny Benjamin, Dr. Easton Douglas, Sameer Younis, and reggae legend Beres Hammond.
We are also thrilled to hear that the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) will be bestowed on the likes of Lorna Goodison, Hillary Phillips and Audley Shaw, among others, while Officer Class honours are being given to the worthy likes of veteran actor Volier Johnson and sports broadcaster Simon Crosskill.