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Sixteen persons and companies have been honoured by the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) for their outstanding service and support to the municipality of Kingston and St Andrew.
The recipients were honoured at the second KSAC pre-Emancipation Day civic ceremony, held at the National Heroes Park in Kingston, yesterday (July 28).
Medals were presented to the awardees in three categories – Gold Medal of the City, Silver Medal of the City, and Bronze Medal of the City. Receiving gold medals were: former Mayor, Mrs. Marie Atkins, Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Ltd, National Commercial Bank, Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
Silver Medals were presented to Bashco Trading Company Ltd, Cable and Wireless Jamaica Ltd., Digicel Jamaica Ltd., GraceKennedy, Kingston Bookshop, Life of Jamaica Ltd. and Petrojam Ltd. Taking the bronze medals were Dr. Henry Lowe, Francis Kennedy and the Knutsford Court Hotel.
In his remarks, Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Desmond McKenzie lauded the recipients and noted the importance of their contributions in returning much needed prestige to the city of Kingston. “The city has lost much of the prestige it once enjoyed and is a ghost of what it used to be, but the potential to rise again exists and all it needs is the commitment and dedication of its citizens,” he added.
For his part, Professor Errol Miller, Chairman of the Electoral Advisory Committee (EAC), urged the city’s corporate entities and individuals not to forget the altruistic nature of persons, such as John Wolmer whose benevolence led to the establishment of Wolmer’s Boys and Girls High Schools. He added that these altruistic considerations have been important to the development of the city and country.
Professor Miller challenged Kingstonians to give the young persons within the city a level playground on which to operate and succeed, especially young men from the inner city. “Let us recognize the need to construct a Jamaica upon fairplay and justice,” he noted.
Emancipation Day will be celebrated on August 1 and marks 167 years since the end of slavery in Jamaica.
Also attending the ceremony was Leader of the Opposition, Bruce Golding who brought greetings.