Chamber of Commerce hails Avis Henriques

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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THE Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) yesterday hailed Avis Henriques as a resolute champion of the business community as it offered condolence to her family on her passing.


According to the JCC, a member of Henriques' family informed the chamber that she died Wednesday night.


Henriques, 91, was the only woman to have headed the JCC. She also served as Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica president.


The JCC, in its statement, noted that Henriques served as chamber president during the critical period of 1976-1980.


"Avis Henriques lived a full and accomplished life and, even though her recent years were characterised by illness, she remains an inspiration to many for her characteristic calm and her soft-spoken but resolute championship of issues of consequence to the business community and the wider society," JCC President Warren McDonald said.


Henriques, who was born in St Ann's Bay, St Ann, on October 17, 1923, attended Wolmer's Girls' School and McGill University.


Between 1946 and 1964 she taught French, Latin and English at various high schools.


Between 1971 and 1982 she served on the boards of Bank of Jamaica, Jamaica National Investment Promotion Ltd, Jamaica Employers' Federation, Institute of Jamaica Council, and the Alcan Advisory Board.


She was also chair of the Jamaica School of Art.


In addition, Henriques served on the advisory committees of the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Labour, as well as on the Joint Board of Teacher Education.


She was presented with the Musgrave Medal for Arts and Commerce, as well as the Order of Distinction, Commander Class.



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