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Minister of Information, Senator Burchell Whiteman, heads the list of 17 Jamaicans who have been conferred with National Honours and Awards by special appointment, with effect from Wednesday, March 29.
Senator Whiteman has received the Order of Jamaica (OJ) for outstanding contribution to Education and the Legislature. Others conferred with the Order of Jamaica are: Byron St. Michael Hylton, Q.C., for outstanding Public Service and contribution to the Legal Profession, and William Anthony McConnell, CD, for distinguished Leadership in the Business and Export Industry.
Six Jamaicans have been awarded the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD). They are: Monica Anita Campbell-McFarlane, for contribution to the Communications Industry locally and regionally and to the Performing Arts; Doreen Frankson-Lewis, for contribution to the Manufacturing Sector and the Advancement of Industrial Production; Madine Audrey Hinchcliffe, for Entrepreneurial Enterprise and Leadership in Employer/Employee Relationships; Dr. Wayne Godfrey Reid, for services in the field Engineering and Public Sector Project Management; Carlton Earl Samuels, for contribution to Housing and Institutional Management; and Dr. Herbert John Thompson, for contribution to National Development through Education, Religion and National Service.
The Order of Distinction in the rank of Officer (OD) has been awarded to: Mavis Bernice Bowers, for services to the Prime Minister in his role as Member of Parliament; Debra Elaine Hamilton Crooks, for service as Head of the Prime Minister’s Personal Support Staff; Gene Hendricks Pearson, for distinguished performance in the Arts; and Karen Angela Smith-Jackson, for memorable performances as a Singer.
In the meantime, the Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service has been awarded to Lorna Graham, for loyal service in the Constituency Office, and Shirley Lee Pryce, for services to the Prime Minister’s household and to the Jamaica Household Workers Association.
The Badge of Honour for Long and Faithful Service has been conferred on Phillip Anthony Dixon, for service to the Prime Minister and to Jamaica House Personnel; and Jannette Marcia Morgan, for service at Vale Royal.
The appointments have been made by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Honourable Professor Kenneth Hall on the advice of Prime Minister P. J. Patterson.