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Seven residents from the parish of St. James, who have made significant contributions to their communities, will be presented with the Sam Sharpe Award at this year's Heritage Week civic ceremony.

The function will be held on National Heroes' Day, Monday, October 15, at Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay.

Presentation will be made in various categories of service including health, education, agriculture, community development, tourism, arts and culture, commerce and industry, and journalism.

Parish Manager of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) St. James' Office, Natalie Morris, told JIS News that on the day, "persons, who have been outstanding in serving their communities and who have been always in the background, would be identified and appreciated as local heroes".

She is reminding persons to submit their nominations for the award, including the candidate's history and contribution, by the closing date of Monday (Oct. 8).  The forms are available at the St. James Parish Council, 19A Union Street; or at the JCDC office located at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) Complex in Catherine Hall.

"We are looking for persons… who have even displayed acts of gallantry.  We are also seeking to recognise persons, who have never received any national award and so we are hoping that communities will come together and recognise the outstanding contributions of members of the parish who have served well," she said.

Miss Morris is appealing to citizens to turn out and participate in the civic ceremony, which she said, promises to be "extra special" this year, as the country is celebrating its 50th year of Independence.

There will be performances from several uniformed groups, schools and churches, as well as music and marching bands.

She also informed that a special parish church service will be held at the New Irwin Moravian Church in Tucker on Sunday (Oct. 14), beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The annual civic ceremony is joint initiative of the St. James Parish Council and the JCDC.