PROFESSOR Barrington Watson admits that he was shocked at receiving the 2013 American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica (AMCHAM) Business and Civic Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award.
"I've contributed to visual arts in Jamaica, with no idea that I would ever get an award like this," he said. " I'm shocked and happy, all I did was play my part."
Watson, a master painter, was lauded for his contribution to the development of art and the building of institutions to suport the profession of art in Jamaica. He was one of the 12 individuals and companies that were honoured at the AMCHAM Business and Civic Leadership Awards for Excellence at the Jamaica Pegasus onTuesday.
So big a pool of nominees to choose from, AMCHAM expanded the awards to include runner ups in each of the three main categories -corporate social responsibility, civic leadership and arts and culture.
The individual AMCHAM Award of Excellence for Civic Leadership was given to Gary "Butch" Hendrickson who was recognised for his quiet and generous philanthropic effort and contributions Kenny Benjamin was the runner up and was honoured for his social and environmental development of Jamaica.
RISE Life Management Services was the first place winner for the Award of Excellence for Civic Leadership. It operated the island's first outpatient centre for addictive disorders.
The other organisation to be recognised was the Richard and Diana Stewart Foundation/Kind Heart Limited, which focuses on a number of efforts with a focus on education and sports.
Noel Dexter was named the fist place winner of the AMCHAM Business and Civic Leadership Awards - Arts and Culture, while Marjorie Whylie was the runner up. The award recognises contribution made to the positive contribution of "brand Jamaica" in a range that covers the visual, literary and performing arts.
Small and large organisations were awarded with the AMCHAM Jamaica Award of Excellence for Corporate Social Responsibility.
First place winner of the AMCHAM Jamaica Award of Excellence for Corporate Social Responsibility (large company) was Lasco Affiliated Companies for its sustained support of areas such as health, education, justice and public sector development.
Power company, Jamaica Public Service was the second place winner and was recognised for contributing to the Early Childhood Nutritional Support Programme.
Barita Investments Limited (small company), which invests heavily in early childhood education and seeks to improve literacy and numeracy among children, grabbed the first place spot.
Tying for second place were Free Form Factory Limited and Jamaica Energy Partners tied for the second place spot.
Free Form believes in contributing to poor relief by providing homes using its building systems and has built homes for indigent persons in Portland and Kingston. While Jamaica Energy Partners supports communities that surrounds its power plant, in education and health programmes for unskilled youths.