Thursday, 23 October 2014

PREMIERE LEAGUE: Fearless dedication, distinguished contributions paid off for these Jamaican stalwarts

WORLD'S BEST: Head coach of the Racers' Track Club, Glen Mills, received the Order of Jamaica (OJ) for outstanding contribution to track-and-field through the coaching of top athletes. On what sets him apart from other coaches, he told TALLAWAH, "I've been blessed. I work hard and my methods work." 

TAILOR MADE: Impeccably attired for the occasion, Neville Bell was recognized with the Order of Distinction (Officer Class) for sterling contribution to football coaching and sports commentary. 

TRUSTED SOURCE: Veteran media man Owen James was conferred with the OD for years of dedicated work in the field of journalism. 

CLOSE UP: "I'm really thrilled that my work in highlighting Jamaica has been recognized," said a beaming Dr. Laura Tanna OD, cited for invaluable contribution to literature and culture. 

CLOSER THAN A BROTHER: A family photo-op was in order for Rev. Charles DuFour, whose sister Joy was on hand for his appointment as a member of the Order of Jamaica. 

BUILT TO LAST: For his more than 20 years of distinguished service to the Jamaican parliament, politician Rudyard Spencer made the leap from Officer Class to Commander of the Order of Distinction. 

FAMILY TIME: CD honoree Chris Zacca's son, Ryan, played shy while posing with dad, Ashley Zacca and Jillian Zacca at King's House. 

GIRL POWER: Gender and development specialist Dr. Glenda Simms OD (centre) brought along her own cheerleading squad, including good girlfriends Joan Bogle and Yvonne Hynes. "I feel on top of the world!" an elated Dr. Simms told TALLAWAH

ON THE BALL: Well-known in local football circles, Boys Town's Andrew Price was honoured with the OD for outstanding service in the development of the sport nationally. 

TRUE ORIGINALS: Key players in the development of indigenous Jamaican music, OD honorees Dwight Pinkney (left) and Phil Chen got a show of support from friend Donna DeMercado.

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