The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) is adynamic organization dedicated to our most treasured citizens –the seniors whose sacrifices, dedication and wonderful talentshave laid a sterling foundation for modern Jamaica.Launched in April 2010, CCRP is the Region’s firstcomprehensive organization for retired persons. With over 600members, it offers a wealth of practical support programmes,activities and service opportunities for retirees and thosepreparing to retire.
The CCRP works to ensurethat the vast talent,experience and wisdom ofour retired persons isrespected, that they enjoy thequality of life they deserveand that they are empoweredto continue contributing todevelopment of community,country and region.
The CCRP, in observation of the Golden Jubilee of Jamaica’sIndependence, today recognizes 62 Jamaicans whosecontribution to nation-building has made them ‘LivingLegends’.They have been trail blazers, dynamic movers, forwardthinkers and world class achievers. They have built thiscountry through outstanding contributions in just about everyfield of endeavour. Jamaica will forever be in their debt. Herethey are:
Mrs. Beverly Anderson-DuncanPolitical scientist, author, genderand transformational trainer andconsultant on third worlddevelopmental andcommunications issues. A muchsought after speaker at home andabroad. Former First Lady ofJamaica, represented the countryat the UN Commission on theStatus of Women. FormerPresident of the PNP WomensMovement and member of thePartys Executive and NationalExecutive Council.Former co-producer and co-hostof the popular Breakfast Club onradio.
Sir Fitzroy ‘Roy’ Augier, Professor EmeritusDistinguished Caribbean historian. Over50 years service to UWIs HistoryDepartment; former Dean, former ProVice Chancellor. Served as Chairman,Caribbean Examinations Council, andChairman, Drafting CommitteeUNESCO General History of theCaribbean.Respected author and pioneeringarchivist; acclaimed for work to establishteaching of Caribbean history insecondary schools, for fostering regionalcooperation, influencing attitudestowards Rastafarians. Founder, formerPresident, Association of CaribbeanHistorians; helped create the HistoryTeachers Association.
Ms. Joy Marilyn ‘Mamma Joy’ BakerMother to hundreds in CentralKingston: 30 years of giving needychildren love, protection, support,sterling values.Now assisted by civic and corporategroups, she began sharing with tinywages from sweeping streets,cleaning bars. Personally foughtthugs, once housed 96 youngsters inone home – and opened savingsaccounts for over 300 children.Mamma Joy, philanthropist, miracleworker: a blessing and aninspiration.
Professor Emeritus Edward Baugh, CDOrator, poet, author and scholar,acclaimed for distinguished contributionsto Caribbean literature. An internationallyrespected authority on AnglophoneCaribbean poetry in general and on DerekWalcott in particular.An inspiring teacher who has shapedgenerations of Caribbean literary scholars.His 40-plus years service to the UWIincluded leadership in de-colonizing theDepartment of English. Former Dean,former Head of the Department ofEnglish. The Departments Edward BaughDistinguished Lecture series pays a fittingtribute to him.
Sister Mary Benedict, RSM, CDBeloved Queen of Central Kingston.Over 60 years service as a Sister of Mercy.Powerhouse of love, peace and practicalsolutions extraordinaire. Acclaimed forbrokering peace between warring innercity gangs. Former miracle workingPrincipal of Holy Family All Age Schoolon Laws Street.Founded Laws Street Trade TrainingCentre, an outstanding success story,with help from the private sector. FormerChairperson, current Board Member ofFood For The Poor.
Mr. Kenneth Benjamin, CDVisionary businessman, innovative non-conformist. Built Guardsman Group into aregional industry leader out of a hobby.Today it boasts over a dozen membercompanies spanning security,communications, tourism, health,heritage, environmental and other sectors,and employs over 6000 in four Caribbeancountries.A renowned animal lover, he serves asChairman of the JSPCA and the Hope ZooPreservation Foundation. Much honouredCaribbean wide and in his native India.
Dr. Hazel Bennett, ODDistinguished historian, educator and librarypioneer. Former Deputy Director, Jamaica LibraryService, involved in growth of public and schoollibraries. Helped establish UWI Department ofLibrary Studies, trained Caribbean libraryprofessionals, technicians, and consulted withregional governments on development of publicand teachers’ college libraries. Major publicationsinclude ‚The Jamaican Theatre: Highlights of theperforming arts in the twentieth century‛ (2011),co-authored with her late husband, culturalpioneer and icon Hon. Wycliffe Bennett, OJ; ‚TheStory of the Jamaican People‛, co-authored withSir Phillip Sherlock, OCC (1998) and her doctoraldissertation, ‚A History of Libraries in Jamaica,1697-1987‛.
Bishop the Hon. Herro Blair, OJDistinguished religious and nationalleader, tireless worker for peace involatile communities. Jamaicas firstPolitical Ombudsman since 2002. Pastorfor over 38 years; President, DeliveranceEvangelistic Association. Founder of theFaith Deliverance Centre. Director,National Religious Media Commission.Chairman National Peace ManagementInitiative.Served as spiritual advisor to formerPrime Minister Seaga; former Chairmanof NDM. Active worker fortransformation of inner city residents.
Mr. Ryland Campbell, CDFour decades of distinguishedleadership in merchant banking,national and community service.Chairman, President, CEO, Capital &Credit Financial Group, founder ofits Scholarship Programme.Chairman, Jamaica Institute ofBusiness Leaders. Founding and PastChairman, National Health Fund.Director CARI-MED, Advisor toJamaica Association of Persons withMental Retardation. FormerChairman Nationwide NewsNetwork.Former teacher. Deputy Chairman,Mico University College Board,Member UTECH and EarlyChildhood Commission Boards.
Mr. George Carter, CDLegendary contributions to theatredevelopment in Jamaica. Helpedmold generations of theatre workers.Served as Technical Director,Lighting Designer, Stage Managerand General Manager of LittleTheatre Movement. FormerTechnical Director NDTC.Contributed to the LTMs foundingof Jamaica School of Drama, nowpart of the Edna Manley College. Apioneer organizer of JamaicasIndependence Festival.Founding member, Sodality Co-opCredit Union. Electro-Metallurgist,operated his own electroplatingbusiness.
Professor Emeritus Anthony Chen, OMDistinguished scientist, contributesextensively on how climate changeaffects the Caribbean, and publicawareness of this. Member ofIntergovernmental Panel on ClimateChange which shared 2007 NobelPeace Prize. Professor of AppliedAtmospheric Physics, UWI. Widelypublished.Has worked in field of renewableenergy for over 30 years. Fellow ofRoyal Meteorological Society,Member of Jamaican Society ofScientists and Technologists, and ofInternational Solar Energy Society.
Mr. William Chin See, QC, CDDistinguished 48 year career, extensive publicservice. Past Board Member JBC; Member,Disciplinary Committee, General LegalCouncil. As Chairman Electoral AdvisoryCommittee, he spearheaded reforms to theRepresentation of the People Act, making anindelible contribution to Jamaica’s modelelectoral system.He is a former Chair of Caymanas Track Ltd.;Member, Commission on Prevention ofCorruption, Former Assistant Crown Counsel,DPPs Office. Former Partner Grant, Cowan,Chin See, Managing Partner Dunn Cox andOrrett. Also operated as sole practitioner.Appeared in several Caribbean courts, and inthe Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
Hon. Oliver Clarke, OJ, Hon. LLDDistinguished businessman, media leader,humanitarian with a passion for sustainablenational development. Over three decades asChairman, Gleaner Company. FormerPresident, Inter-American Press Union. PastPresident, Commonwealth Press Union.Chairman and former General ManagerJamaica National Building Society.Chairman, JNBS Foundation, and of PALSJamaica.Chairman NEM Insurance Company(Jamaica), JN Money Services, SangstersBook Stores. Director, Jamaica ProducersGroup. Past President PSOJ. FormerChairman NCB. Numerous honours,international recognition as a humanitarian.
Mr. Vivian CrawfordLeading expert on Jamaican culture,passionate champion of its preservation,development and promotion. Past JCDCChairman, former Executive Director ofInstitute of Jamaica. Member, Ward TheatreFoundation. Voluntary teacher of arts andculture at youth institutions islandwide.Multi-talented. Financial whiz, honoraryUTECH Treasurer for two decades; prizewinning musician, gifted organist, plays forthree churches, supervises two choirs. Widecontributions in civic services, youthdevelopment.
Mr. Clinton DavisDedicated and effective activist forgovernment pensioners and otherseniors. President of the JamaicaGovernment Pensioners Association for21 years, now President Emeritus. Longand distinguished public sector career,including service with St. James andWestmoreland Parish Councils.Instrumental in establishment of theNational Water Authority, which hemanaged for 16 years. Past DeputyChairman, Industrial Disputes Tribunal.Served as PAHO Consultant in EasternCaribbean and Guyana.
Hon. Maurice Facey, OJJamaican Renaissance Man. Highlyrespected, pioneering investor, developer,entrepreneurial visionary. Instrumental increating todays New Kingston. Heinstigated Jamaicas first high rise offices.Founder & current Chairman, KingstonRestoration Company.Over 40 years as Chairman of Pan-JamaicanInvestment Trust. Under his leadership, PanJam expanded into investment banking, lifeinsurance, food manufacturing, hardware,agriculture, tourism, and other vital areas.Extensive civic service. Founding & currentChairman Cecil Boswell Facey Foundation.
Ms. Sybil FrancisDistinguished pioneer of social work servicesand training in Jamaica and the Caribbean.Headed Social Welfare Training Centre for 27years. Assistant Secretary in early SocialWelfare Ministry, liaising with NGOs,administering the Child Care Division.Jamaicas Child Development Centre,Barbados Women and DevelopmentProgramme developed thanks to her efforts.Chaired National Council on Ageing, memberJamaican Delegation to World Assembly onAgeing.
Hon. Barbara Gloudon, OJ, OD, Hon. LLDDistinguished print journalist, author,communication specialist, radio talk showhost and playwright. Author of over twodozen LTM National Pantomimes andother theatrical works and radioproductions. Her works have gainedacclaim on frequent tours, especially withthe Jamaican Diaspora.Former Deputy Director of Tourism.Chairman-Producer of the Little TheatreMovement, co-founder of the PantomimeCompany which provides a base ofperformers dedicated to the annual show.
Mrs. Helen Haughton-Clennon Distinguished pioneer in the development of Radiography in the Caribbean. Fellow of the College of Radiographers in London. Thirty years as Director of the School of Medical Radiation Technology, UHWI. Authored Caribbean Diploma Curriculum for Radiographers. Wide ranging, trail blazing professional contributions locally, regionally, internationally. Past President Society of Radiographers, Jamaica. Former VP International Society of Radiographers. Founder and Director, World of Little People early childhood education centre.
Hon. Karl Hendrickson, OJ, CD Distinguished patriot, dedicated champion of private sector development, quiet philanthropist. Chairman, Continental Baking Company. Business pioneer who modernized local bread making and spearheaded development of one of Jamaicas leading corporate groups, spanning manufacturing, agro industry and tourism. Extensive civic service has included leadership with Rural Electrification Programme, Air Jamaica, JPS, JAMPRO, Free Zone Council, Jamaica Merchant Marine. Major supporter of Jamaica College Foundation, the University Hospital and many other worthy causes.
Mrs. Audrey Hinchcliffe, CDOutstanding, award winning Jamaicanentrepreneur. Founder, Chairman and CEO,Manpower and Maintenance Services Ltd.and its subsidiaries. Founder and PrincipalConsultant, Caribbean Health ManagementConsultants Ltd. Chairman, JamaicaBusiness Council on HIV & AIDS, PastPresident Jamaica Employers Federation.Chaired Nursing Council of Jamaica for 11years. Former Deputy Chairman TourismEnhancement Fund.Recently invited to serve on US StateDepartments new International Council onWomens Business Leadership.
Father Richard Ho Lung, OJ, OD Humanitarian extraordinaire. Founder of Missionaries of the Poor; established apostolic projects and missions serving the poor in Jamaica, India, the Philippines and African countries. Teacher, lecturer, international speaker. Composed over 300 songs, musical plays and oratorios; over 30 years of live stage performances and 150 international tours with "Father Ho Lung and Friends". Authored "Diary of a Ghetto Priest" and other works. Two dozen distinguished honours, local, regional, international, Papal.
Mr. Francis ‘Paco’ KennedySkilled and versatile corporate executive,sterling contribution to the growth of GraceKennedy Ltd. Played key role indevelopment of Kingstons ports andNewport West.Passionate activist for redevelopment ofDowntown Kingston, Chairman ofKingston City Centre ImprovementCompany. Chairman of Louis FredKennedy Environmental Foundation, FirstVP Jamaica Chamber of Commerce,Director of Ward Theatre Foundation.Known for his generosity and caring – atrue people person.
Prof. the Hon. Gerald Lalor, OJ, CD Respected as one of Jamaicas finest scientists, distinguished visionary, outstanding and innovative educator. Research includes applications of nuclear science in agriculture, science and technology, medicine, industry. Founder, International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences, UWI, Mona. Past UWI Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal, Mona Campus. Achievements included computerization Mona Campus, programmes for disabled, microcomputer applications. Pioneered Distance Education at UWI. Served on numerous Jamaican Government, Caribbean and international committees.
Mr. Percival LaToucheFounder and President, Association for theResettlement of Returning Residents. Hasmade a blessed difference in the lives ofthose returning home from the UK and othercountries for the past three decades. Spentmany years in England; was the first blackman to own a petrol station in London.Served as an engineer at the KSAC and asTransport Manager at the National WaterCommission. Active contribution tocommunity development.
Hon. Michael Lee-Chin, OJ, Hon. LLDVisionary entrepreneur, investment genius,financial services expert, big hearted patriotand outstanding philanthropist. Fromhumble beginnings, built a successfulinternational business empire spanningfinancial services, tourism,telecommunication, media and health care.Founding Chairman, Portland Holdings Inc.;Executive Chairman, AIC Ltd. and NationalCommercial Bank.Distinguished benefactor, Royal OntarioMuseum and Rotman School ofManagement, University of Toronto, and ahost of Jamaican social and educationalprogrammes.
Dr. Henry Lowe, CDOutstanding scientist, author, educator,entrepreneur. Over 40 years service inscience and technology, energy, theenvironment, wellness and health science.Researched and established CARICOMs firstMinistry of Science & Environment.Past Chairman of the Bureau of StandardsJamaica, the Scientific Research Council.Former Advisor with the UN, CARICOM,the OAS, PAHO and other world bodies. PastPresident, CEO and Chairman of Blue Crossof Jamaica.
Mr. Alan MagnusForty years of exemplary service inbroadcasting. Much loved veteran presenterof morning radio, providing unfailing cheer,optimism and upbeat humour to keep hisfellow Jamaicans positive throughchallenging times. Early love of music, was afoundation member of the Mighty Vikingsband.This Kingston College graduate wasregarded as a genius by his classmates – thisshines through in his encyclopaedicknowledge on almost any subject.
Mrs. Isabel MagnusExtensive and pioneering work in non-technical organization of the Blood Bankand its transformation into a regionalleader. Included creation of islandwideblood collection centres, developing highlysuccessful donor education and blooddonor programmes nationally; providingkey advice to similar services regionally.Current Chairman, Blood BankAssociation.Outstanding services to adult literacythrough public relations and fund raisingwork with the former JAMAL. Contributesextensive voluntary services.
Mr. Ferdinand Mahfood, ODFounded, built the phenomenal Christian aidorganization Food For The Poor, following adramatic religious experience. From itshumble Jamaican roots, Food for the Poor isnow rated as the Number One InternationalCharity in the US. Each year, FFPInternational ships over US$6 billion inassistance to 16 Caribbean and CentralAmerican countries. Provides food, cleanwater, medicine, educational materials,homes, support for orphans and the aged,skills training, agricultural development,emergency relief and assistance to prisoners.Since retiring, continues work in his prisonministry training programme in Jamaica andCentral America.
Mr. Winston ‘Sparrow’ Martin, ODMulti-talented musician who returned to hisalma mater, Alpha Boys Home, to teachaspiring young musicians. Plays trumpet,drums, keyboard, percussion instruments.After leaving Alpha, played with JamaicaMilitary Band, Carlos Malcolm and theAfro-Jamaican Rhythm Band, and formedSparrow Martin and the Happenings.Currently Band Master/Musical Director atAlpha Boys School, where he started theAlpha Sonics band. Has taught music toyoungsters in several low incomecommunities.
Hon. Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook, OJOutstanding contribution to sports. Helpedlay foundation for Jamaica’s worlddominance in track & field. Dedicated sportsadministrator for nearly a half century. Nowserving second term as President of NorthAmerican, Central American and CaribbeanAthletics Association. IAAF AreaRepresentative.Served 12 years as JAAA President, 35 yearsas Chairman, Gibson Relays OrganizingCommittee. Extensive voluntarycontributions. Much loved, much respected,worldwide.
Hon. V. Corrine McLarty, OJ, CDTrail-blazing contribution over threedecades as an institutional developmentspecialist, conceptualizing, establishing andmanaging important statutory agencies.These include JAMPRO, JNIP, NationalHousing Trust and Sugar Industry HousingLtd. Carried out IADB, World Bank, UNIDOstudies on investment policies and strategiesof countries such as Zambia, Nigeria,Jamaica.Served on numerous public and privateboards and committees including theElectoral Advisory Committee, vigorouslyparticipating in its work towards electoralreform. Served as Director United Way,CVSS, President UWI Guild of Graduates.
Prof. the Hon. Errol Miller, OJ, CDBrilliant educator, contributing throughresearch and publication as well as teaching,lecturing and top level administration.Served as Principal Mico Teachers College;Professor and Head of Department ofEducation, and Head of Institute ofEducation, UWI; Permanent SecretaryMinistry of Education, Independent Senator.Past JTA President.Current Chairman Electoral Commission ofJamaica, Chancellor, Mico UniversityCollege. Has written widely on gender,education and family issues.
Mrs. Alma Mock-Yen, CDMulti-talented doyen of Jamaicanperforming arts movement, distinguishedmedia development pioneer, outstandingcommunity leader. Stage, radio, televisionactress, author, lyricist, poet, dancer, pioneerof Jamaican radio. Groomed generations oftalented Caribbean professionals throughher Harbour View Dance Centre and as aCARIMAC tutor. Initiated the Developmentof the Library of the Spoken Word at UWIsMona Campus.Past UNESCO Consultant. Distinguishedservice as KSAC Councilor, Harbour ViewDivision.
Dr. Henley MorganOutstanding visionary, religious leaderand exemplary social entrepreneur.Moved his successful business into anostracized community and createdpositive change for Trench Townresidents. His Agency for Inner-cityRenewal and its training, self help andbusiness incubator projects are nowrespected national models.Exchanges his professional services forscholarships for young protégées;arranges employment through labouroutsourcing contracts; providesmentoring, mediation and especially,valuing what others see as "wasted humanassets".
Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ Legendary contributions in the field of diabetology: research, treatment and prevention, including vital public education. Spearheaded formation, provided critical leadership, of Diabetics Associations of Jamaica and the Caribbean. Past Chairman, International Diabetes Federation. Distinguished UWI career: Professor of Biochemistry, and also of Endocrinology; Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean, School for Graduate Studies & Research. Visionary President University of Technology: leadership includes increasing faculties, enrolment, graduates.
Mr. Merrick Needham, OD, MVOJamaica’s principal logistics, ceremonialand protocol consultant for some thirtyyears. Coordinated aspects of royal, statevisits and disaster relief. Former CEO(Conferences) with CommonwealthSecretariat.Writes, lectures on protocol and relatedtopics, including courses in Jamaica andThe Bahamas for government officialsand private sector executives, inBarbados for officers of the CaribbeanDevelopment Bank and lectures toCommonwealth Caribbean policeofficers. Outstanding early career inbroadcasting.
Mrs. Sarah Newland-Martin, ODOutstanding sportswoman, socialworker, administrator, communityworker. Shining beacon as a role modelfor both disabled and non-disabledpersons. Former Jamaican Sportswomanof the Year, boasts 39 medals in varioussports, set Pan American and worldrecords.Distinguished contribution in socialservices. Twenty-four years as GeneralSecretary, Kingston YMCA. Fifteen yearsas National General Secretary, NationalCouncil of YMCAs. Active advocate forthe disabled. Wide civic contributions.
Mrs. Donna Parchment-Brown, CD Inspiring local and international leader in dispute resolution. Attorney-at-law, mediator, trainer, author, founding member and CEO for 18 years, Jamaicas Dispute Resolution Foundation. Active advocate of justice reform, contributed to policy reform, supported mediation training for police, in courts, in underserved communities across the Caribbean. Former Commissioner of Fair Trading Commission, current Deputy Chair Peace Management Initiative, Chair of Hampton School Board, St. Elizabeth Homecoming Foundation.
Ms. Dorrie PattersonHalf century of outstanding service at theUniversity Hospital of the West Indies.Worked with PAHO/WHO and theMinistry of Health on Quality Assuranceand Nursing Care Standards in Jamaicanhospitals and clinics, and relatedguidelines adopted throughout Englishspeaking Caribbean. Nurse Advisor,Hospital Restoration Project of the 1980s.Widely honoured, including designationof February 3 as "The Dorrie PattersonResearch Day" at UHWI. Life memberNAJ.
Very Rev. Monsignor the Hon.Gregory Ramkissoon, OJ, CDThirty four years outstanding work for themost vulnerable. Founder/Executive Directorof Mustard Seed Communities, in Jamaica,later in the Caribbean, Central America,Africa, USA, UK, Europe. Providing care,services, self help projects for children andadults, including the disabled, homeless,those affected by HIV/AIDS, the elderly andpregnant teens.Vicar-General of Archdiocese of Kingston.Former teacher and lecturer, current UWICARIMAC External Examiner. Extensive,varied civic contributions.
Hon. Molly Rhone, OJ, CDBeloved Queen of Netball. Championathlete; lifetime of outstandingadministrative work for development ofnetball locally, in Canada andinternationally. President, InternationalFederation of Netball Associations:instrumental in doubling countrymembers, in netballs recognition as anOlympic sport and in forgingdevelopment programmes throughnetball. Past President, Jamaica NetballAssociation.Former Director IT Services at AirJamaica, former software consultant.Wide civic contributions in both sportsand IT arenas.
Dr. Hon. Joyce Robinson, OJ, CD, MBEPioneering leader in the development ofJamaicas public library service.Restructured and developed earlier adultliteracy effort into a national programme.First woman appointed General Manager ofa Jamaican TV station (then JBC) where shedirected conversion to colour TV, andexpanded rural radio programmes.Pioneered the establishment anddevelopment of the HEART Trust.Extensive service to national boards andpolicy making committees, internationalbodies, related to education and culturaldevelopment.
Hon. Dr. Alfred Sangster, OJ, CDOutstanding educator, author,international consultant. Under his 26year tenure as Principal, then President,CAST/UTECH increased student bodyby 500%, added 50 new courses and threenew departments, began offering degreecourses and became a university.Former Director of the FarquharsonInstitute, former Chairman CAFFE andthe Carreras Sports Foundation. CurrentChairman Caribbean Graduate School ofTheology, Merl Grove High SchoolBoard, and the Jamaica Computer SocietyEducation Foundation.
Mr. Glenroy ‘Ernie’ Smith, OD, BH(M)Forty five years of thrilling music loversworldwide. A serial hit maker who defines theJamaican experience with his music.A pioneer in bringing reggae to the globalmainstream. Has written over 200 songs,several recorded by other world class artistes.First Jamaican musician in the popular musicfield to win an international award, and to behonoured by the Jamaican Government.Regarded by many as Jamaicas premiere soloact.
Bishop the Hon. Dr. Carmen Stewart, OJ, ODAn inspiring, outstanding woman of God.Custos of St. Andrew for 18 years. First femaleDeputy Governor General. Co-foundedPentecostal Gospel Temple with her husband,headed it for 43 years following his death.Founded Wilbert Stewart Basic School, herTemples Skills Training Project. Spearheadedleadership training, family life, welfareprogrammes and Montamill Golden AgeHome.Distinguished early nursing career, served asDirector of Health Ministrys, Bureau of HealthEducation.
Hon. Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, OJ, CD, Hon. LLD Outstanding Jamaican entrepreneur. Built a massive business empire from humble beginnings as a salesman who began working at age 17. Chairman of over two dozen companies across the Caribbean, North America and the UK, including Sandals Resorts and other vacation properties, Appliance Traders Ltd. and Jamaica Observer Ltd. They constitute Jamaicas largest private sector group, and employ some 9,000 persons. Past President JHTA, Respected humanitarian, charismatic role model.
Ms. Natalie ThompsonOutstanding Jamaican actress, distinguishedfilm, television luminary. One of theCaribbeans most experienced and respectedproduction professionals. Founder, Producer,Director, Managing Director, CinecomProductions. Former Director Nobel FilmProductions.Has worked as a Production Manager and LineProducer on various feature films andtelevision productions shot on location inJamaica including Cool Runnings and HowStella Got her Groove Back. Directed over 500television commercials in the region in the last35 years.
Dr. Marigold ‘Molly’ Thorburn, OD Distinguished researcher in cytogenetics, pediatric pathology, childhood disabilities. Former Lecturer at UWI. Pioneered home based early intervention programmes in Jamaica and the Caribbean. Regional and international consultant, lecturer and author in developing services for persons with developmental disabilities. Initiated and developed community based rehabilitation programmes in Jamaica and regionally. Deeply motivated by desire to provide human solutions where only hopelessness existed.
Hon. Shirley Tyndall, OJ, CD Distinguished 46 year career in the Public Sector. First woman to serve as Accountant General and as Financial Secretary, in Jamaica. Credited with reforming the Accountant Generals Division. Developed internationally respected procedures for implementation of loan agreements. Played major part in reconstruction of Jamaicas financial sector. Served as Chairman or Member of numerous public and private Boards. Partner, Davis Tyndal Consultants, Board Member, Area Youth Foundation, NEM General Insurance.
Dr. Cecile Walden, CDOver four decades outstanding leadership ineducation: 33 years at Sam Sharpe Teachers’College, 23 years as Principal. Facilitatedexpansion, addition of master’s programmes,establishment of community musicprogramme. Played key role in formation ofConsortium of Institutions for TeacherEducation. Respected Education Consultant.Past Managing Director, JCDC. CurrentlyExternal Examiner, UTECH; Vice-Chairman, St.James Parish Library Committee.
Mrs. Irene Walter, CDOutstanding, trail-blazing Jamaican andCaribbean educator. First Pro-Registrar, andfirst female Registrar, Caribbean ExaminationsCouncil. Twenty four year CXC careerincluded leading development of CSECsyllabuses, and their introduction in secondaryschools in 16 territories. Initiated criticaltraining, supervised development of CAPE toreplace A Level exams.Currently Pro-Chancellor, InternationalUniversity of the Caribbean, Board MemberNCB and Camperdown High School. Elder,United Church in Jamaica and the Caribbean.
Hon. R. Danvers ‘Danny’ Williams, OJ, CD, Hon. LLD Distinguished veteran of the life insurance industry. Founder and Past President and CEO of Life of Jamaica (now Sagicor Life, Jamaica). Former Senator and Minister of Industry and Commerce. Outstanding record of voluntary service. Past President of Jamaica Association for the Deaf and still active with the organization. Served as Chairman of JAMAL and the National Development Foundation of Jamaica. Currently Chairs Jamaica College and the Jamaica College Foundation, among many other organizations.
Mrs. Cynthia WilmotMulti-talented, versatile, award-winningmedia veteran. Outstanding contribution tothe Jamaican communications sector since"adopting" Jamaica over 60 years ago.Respected writer, scriptwriter, journalist, travelwriter, film and radio director, televisionproducer, author.Acclaimed for documentary work chroniclingJamaican history, heroes and inspiringpersonalities, through her partnership in VideoFor Change and its consciousness raisingworks. Honorary Lifetime Member of the PressAssociation of Jamaica.
Prof. the Hon. Hugh Wynter, OJ, CDDistinguished contribution in FertilityManagement. Half century of sterling serviceat UWI. Founded Advanced Training andFertility Management Unit, Department ofObstetrics and Gynaecology. Unit now bearshis name. It offers clinical training, researchand outreach activities throughout theCaribbean. Launched work in Diagnostic,Operative Laparoscopy and Invitro-fertilization.Has written widely on his specialty.Internationally respected and acclaimed.
Most Hon. Sir Howard Cooke,ON, GCMG, GCVO, CD, K. St.J, Hon. CCRP DirectorHighly respected nation builder. FormerGovernor General, renowned for makingKings House more accessible to Jamaicans.Established the Governor Generals Award.Distinguished early career as beloved teacher;President Jamaica Union of Teachers. Formerinsurance executive. Founding member,Peoples National Party. Member of Parliament,West Indies Federation and IndependentJamaicas Parliament. Former Senate Presidentand Government Minister. Former lay pastorand past Chairman of Cornwall Council ofChurches.
Most Hon. Prof. Sir Kenneth Hall, ON, GCMG, OJ, Hon. CCRP Director Distinguished academic and national leader. Former Governor-General of Jamaica. Served as Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal Mona Campus, UWI. Lectured in History at UWI and was Professor of History at State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego. He was also Adjunct Professor of Caribbean Studies at SUNY at Albany, and Professor of American Studies at SUNY, Old Westbury. Former Deputy Secretary General, CARICOM. Chancellor UCC.
Prof. the Most Hon. Denise Eldemire-Shearer, CD, Chair, CCRPDoctor, researcher, Professor of Public Health andAgeing and leading authority on ageing.Unwavering advocate for the elderly. Served over20 years with UWI. Currently examiningresponses needed in the primary health caresystem to deal with an ageing population.Voluntary service to the National Council forSenior Citizens. Has also worked on the epidemiology of ageing inJamaica, intergenerational transfers and economiccontributions, and has had responsibility fordeveloping postgraduate training in public health.
Hon. Lascelles Chin, OJ, CD,Immediate Past Chair, CCRPDistinguished business leader, outstandingentrepreneur, exporter and philanthropist.Founder and Executive Chairman of LASCOAffiliated Companies, built from a small homebased venture into a diversified corporate giantmanufacturing over 300 products, exporting tomajor regional and international markets.Much admired for his emphasis on providingaffordable products, assisting the needy andrewarding hard work and positive valuesnationally. Extensive civic contributionsincluding one of major sponsors of CCRP.
Mrs. Syringa Marshall-Burnett, CD, CCRP DirectorOver 50 years outstanding service in clinicalnursing, nursing administration, education andresearch. Distinguished public service atnational, regional and international levels.Dynamic activist, veteran internationalconsultant contributing in Africa, NorthAmerica, the Caribbean and Jamaica. FormerPresident of the Jamaican Senate. FormerChair, International Council of Nurses. LifeMember, Nurses Association of Jamaica.Still active in professional and politicalendeavours.
Mrs. Vilma McDonald, ODDistinguished contribution in publicservice and sports; indefatigable volunteer.Forty-three years with civil service,including 21 with Education Ministry.Financial controller for numerous majorlocal and international events. FormerCaptain, Jamaica Netball Team, PastPresident, Jamaica Netball Association,now a selector for national teams.Chaired Volunteer Committee, ICC CricketWorld Cup 2007. Honoured for relief workfor 1989 flood victims in Western Jamaica.
Mr. Lester Spaulding, CD, CCRP DirectorDynamic Caribbean media leader. Chairman,RJR Communications Group, DirectorTelevision Jamaica Ltd., Chairman andDirector, Multi Media Jamaica Ltd.Visionary, key early decisions helped him topreside over RJR’s phenomenal growth froma single radio station to the most powerfulmedia group in the English speakingCaribbean.Caribbean Broadcasting Union Hall of FameInductee: honoured for exceptionalleadership of CBU, CANA and CaribbeanMedia Corporation. Early accounting careerat Price Waterhouse.