Former AmCham president hails Diana Stewart after prestigious award

Monday, April 16, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — American Businessman and Former President of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), Ron McKay today congratulated Chairman of the Stewart's Automotive Group, Diana Stewart on being the 2018 recipient of the International Humanitarian Peacock Award.

The prestigious award was presented to Stewart by the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) at their Jamaica Charity Gala on Saturday at the JW Marriot Marquis Hotel in Miami, Florida.

The event was attended by scores of prominent American and Jamaican political, diplomatic and business leaders including Government Minister Daryl Vaz; former US Ambassadors Luis Moreno and Brenda LaGrange Johnson; Senior Advisor/Strategist for Tourism, Delano Seiveright; Miami Herald Journalist, Jacqueline Charles; Business tycoons Joseph Matalon, Chris Berry among several others.

A very significant amount of money was also raised on spot at the event for charitable activities including school building projects in Jamaica.

Stewart was hailed for her sterling philanthropic work over the last several decades spanning Education, Health and social development. This includes driving the development of Jamaica's first community policing facility, AmCham Place, which also houses the state-of-the art Edna Manley Health Clinic, in Grants Pen, St Andrew ; the building of several basic schools; the granting of many scholarships among a long list of other contributions.

McKay noted that, “To say that Diana Stewart epitomises true Jamaican spirit is an understatement. I have truly learned from her quiet strength, hospitable demeanour and insurmountable work ethic. Those traits are key to the success of her many positive and expansive philanthropic efforts.”

The American Friends of Jamaica is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organisation dedicated to supporting Jamaican charitable organisations and social initiatives working to improve the lives of Jamaicans through systemic development in the areas of education, health care and economic development.

Founded in 1982 by a handful of Jamaicans and Americans who loved Jamaica and wanted to see it prosper, the organisation has created a legacy of philanthropy dedicated to the people of Jamaica, raising over U$12 million to date on behalf of Jamaica's non-profit and charitable organisations.

Balford Henry

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