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  • Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, has hailed household workers as the country’s unsung heroes.
  • She said the workers provide an invaluable service in nurturing children in their care, and safeguarding the property of their employers.
  • The GraceKennedy/Heather Little-White Awards is staged annually in collaboration with the Jamaica Household Workers Union as well as other public and private sector agencies.

Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, has hailed household workers as the country’s unsung heroes.

She said the workers provide an invaluable service in nurturing children in their care, and safeguarding the property of their employers.

Mrs. Robinson was speaking at the launch of the GraceKennedy/Heather Little-White Household Worker of the Year Award on Friday (May 6) at the company’s Harbour Street headquarters, downtown Kingston.

She commended GraceKennedy for recognising the contributions of household workers to national development through its annual awards scheme.

“This programme serves to remind us that without the contribution of household workers, Jamaica, as a nation, probably would not be where it is today,” she said.

Since its inception in 2014, the GraceKennedy/Heather Little-White Awards has been recognising and rewarding Jamaica’s household employees, including housekeepers, cleaners, babysitters, nannies, and gardeners.

Participants are judged on the following criteria: integrity, trust, a caring attitude, safety awareness, budgeting skills, awareness of social issues, time management, family orientation, and community involvement.

Four awards will be presented this year: top male and female household workers; and the male and female runners-up.

Winners will receive $300,000 from GraceKennedy; a $30,000 account with First Global Bank; $25,000 gift voucher from Hi-Lo Food Stores; and $100,000 in financial assistance for a secondary school student for one year.

The runners-up will receive $200,000 from GraceKennedy; $20,000 account with First Global Bank; and a gift voucher valued at $15,000 from Hi- Lo Food Stores.

Nominations are from May 9 to June 9 and can be emailed to gracekennedy@gkco.com or submitted online at Gracekennedy.com/householdworker.judges. Entries can also be mailed to

73 Harbour Street, Kingston. The company is encouraging the nomination of more male household workers for this year’s competition.

Winners and runners-up will receive their prizes at an awards ceremony on June 15.

The GraceKennedy/Heather Little-White Awards is staged annually in collaboration with the Jamaica Household Workers Union as well as other public and private sector agencies.

The award is in honour of late Nutritionist, Dr. Heather Little-White, for her years of service to GraceKennedy, as well as her dedication in the training of household workers, and assistance in improving their lives and skills.