JIS News

The Jamaican community in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States, brought the curtains down on Jamaica’s 50th independence anniversary celebrations on January 19, honouring more than 30 persons who have given stellar service in education, health, law, media, social services, business and religion.

Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, lauded the awardees for their “sterling contributions” and for exemplifying “the hard work for which Jamaicans in the Diaspora are renowned”.

Just over 300 guests attended the Jamaica 50 Planning Committee Awards Ceremony at the Atlanta City Hall Atrium in downtown Atlanta, where the owner of Vibes Nightclub, Howard Shirley, was honoured for his contribution to business. Past President of the Kingston College Old Boys Association’s Atlanta Chapter, Glen Laman, was also honoured for his contribution to community.

The other awardees included:

Dr. Chris Parker (Culture)

Dr. Karen Russell-Randall (Education)

Monty Montgomery (Entertainment)

Dr. Noel Erskine (Religion)