JIS News

The West Indian Foundation in New York has presented its 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Basil K. Bryan, Jamaica’s Consul General to that city, for his years of dedicated service to the West Indian community.
The presentation was made at a function held at the Hilton Hotel in Hartford, Connecticut on October 25, where a number of other Caribbean nationals were honoured for their work to further the cause of people from the region.
Accepting the award, Dr. Bryan said, “I am honoured and humbled that the work I do has been recognized by our people. I will endeavour to continue to work relentlessly to advocate the interests of Jamaica and Jamaicans here in the United States so that we will realize the full benefits given our tremendous potential.”
Keith Carr, Executive Director of the West Indian Foundation, lauded Dr. Bryan for being an exemplary advocate of the people of Jamaica. “Dr. Bryan’s continued efforts and willingness to assist the West Indian community organizations in this area deserved special recognition and we were happy to do so,” Mr. Carr stated.
Other Jamaicans recognized were Veronica Airey-Wilson, Deputy Mayor of Hartford, who received the Public Service Award; Aisha Caines was presented with the Migrant Farm Workers Memorial Scholarship; Dwight Freeney for outstanding achievement in Sports; Alphonso James received the Volunteer of the Year Award; the Community Service Award went to Leslie Perry; Michael Smith got the Special Service Award, while Damion Wellington was presented with the Marcus Garvey Scholarship.
Among those attending the function were Eddie Perez, Mayor of Hartford; Sydney Schulman, Mayor of Bloomfield, Connecticut and Barbara Gloudon; Radio talk show host and playwright.
Past recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award include Ambassador Keith Johnson, former Jamaican Ambassador to the United States; cultural icon Louise Bennett-Coverley and academic, Professor Rex Nettleford.
Founded in 1978, the West Indian Foundation seeks to preserve and highlight the culture and history of West Indians. The association is also actively involved in providing scholarships and training programmes for youth in the West Indian American community of Hartford.