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Governor General Professor Kenneth Hall, acting on the recommendation of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, is to confer the Order of Jamaica on three outstanding Jamaicans.
The recipients are Rev. the Hon. Carmen Stewart, Custos of St Andrew, Rev. the Hon. Canon Weeville Gordon, Custos of Kingston and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon. Headley Cunningham.
The awards are in recognition of their contribution as Custodes, to the legislature and the promotion of social and moral values through work in their respective fields of endeavour.
Rev. Carmen Stewart has been pastor of the Windward Road Pentecostal Gospel Temple since 1966. She holds the distinction of being the first female to act as Governor General of Jamaica in 1996. Rev. Stewart has received many honours for her service in various fields including health, education and religion.
Mr. Cunningham began his career as a Barrister-at-Law in 1967 when he was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple, London. He was elected Member of Parliament in 1989 and served as Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1989 to 1993. He was Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association from 1992 to 1993 and served as a member of the Commonwealth Observer Group to the South African elections of 1991. He has been a member of the Privy Council of Jamaica since 1998.
Canon Weeville Gordon has served the Anglican Church in various capacities for over 50 years. He has been the Custos of Kingston since 1991 and has acted as Governor General on many occasions. Canon Gordon has provided outstanding leadership to various development initiatives for inner city youth, including the establishment of the Allman Town Training Centre. He sits on the board of several community based organizations and provides leadership in human and social development.
The awards will be presented tomorrow, Tuesday, July 24, at a special investiture ceremony at King’s House.

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