In praise of strong women

Monday, June 19, 2017

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Dear Editor,

I must honour some strong, strong women.

The first honouree has to be my late mother, Mrs Gerda Dunk. She epitomised grace under pressure, worked hard for her family and loved unconditionally. A mantra of hers was, love and pray for other people's children.

My next honouree is The Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller. She blazed a trail for all Jamaican woman as the first female prime minister in a male-dominated political arena. Her charisma and emotional intelligence are unmatched — a winning formula.

The third is Ms Kelly Tomblin, the CEO and president of JPS. She made a significant impact on the energy landscape. She was not afraid to don her hard hat and go out into the field. In addition, customer service has been greatly enhanced during her tenure. We now lose her to Intren Inc. We should make her an honorary citizen of Jamaica.

Next is Mrs Rita Humphries-Lewin, the founder and chair of Barita. She was the first female chair of the Jamaica Stock Exchange. Recently, I had reason to call her company on a matter and she personally returned my call. I was and am still in shock — such humility.

The list is by no means exhaustive, but the common thread among these women include hard work, humility and love for people.

Andrea Dunk.




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