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The Institute of Jamaican Nationals in Birmingham recently honoured seven Jamaican nationals in the United Kingdom, for their outstanding contributions to various fields.
The honourees are: Dr. Robert Beckford, a lecturer in African Diaspora religions and cultures at the University of Birmingham; Sandra Croasdale, Managing Director of MBG (Midlands) Limited and founder and chair of the African Caribbean Business Federation; Major Glenville Morris Lindsay, a career army officer; Audrey Flash, Member of the British Empire (MBE) and community stalwart; Michael Davies, a student and volunteer youth worker; Hermin McIntosh, a founding member of the Black Expressions Theatre Group; and Lance Dunkley, chairman of the Black and Ethnic Minority Foundation.
Acting High Commissioner Sharon Saunders, in her remarks at the awards ceremony, which was held to commemorate National Heroes Day, said “it is appropriate that we recognise our local heroes – the men and women in our communities – who have been pioneers, the dedicated business and community leaders, the outstanding role models and those, who are simply good people”.
She added that by recognising those outstanding members of our community “we are showing the world how we define ourselves. We are refusing to let others characterize who we are and what we can accomplish.” Meanwhile, chairman of the Institute, Beverly Lindsay, called on Jamaicans to work together.
“It was not enough (for us) to once a year gather to celebrate the achievements of our national heroes, if their legacy does not serve to inspire us to put personal differences aside and utilise all of our collective talents, skills and resources to leave behind something substantial, that we as Jamaicans can be truly proud”.