Nominations close for AmCham’s Oct 21 awards

Saturday, October 15, 2016

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A significant number of nominations have been received by the American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica for the 2016 AmCham Business & Civic Leadership Awards.

The awards gala will be held on Friday, October 21, 2016, at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, presented in association with GB Energy — Texaco.

According to the organisers, the programme, now in its seventh year, has each year seen a marked increase in nominations for the awards, which celebrate and encourage philanthropy and social responsibility in Jamaica.

In preparation for the awards, an independent panel of judges of Minna Israel, Professor Stephen Vasciannie, Nicole McLaren-Campbell, Sandra Shirley, and Don Anderson will review the nominations in two areas — Corporate Social Responsibility and Civic Leadership.

Chief Executive Officer of AmCham Gail Abrahams said: "We are very encouraged by the high standard of the nominations received over the years, and we are particularly excited about this year’s gala because it marks AmCham’s 30th year of doing business in Jamaica. The awards ceremony is a crucial part of AmCham’s contribution to Jamaica because it highlights companies and individuals that are doing outstanding work in communities which benefit a wide cross section of persons across Jamaica."

Organisations nominated for the award in the category of Social Responsibility are: Sagicor Foundation, Red Stripe, The Heart Institute of the Caribbean, Digicel Foundation, and The University of the West Indies — Mona Services.

The individuals and companies on the slate are founder of the Heart Institute of the Caribbean, Dr Ernest Madu; veterans supporter, Lt Col Victor L Beek, for his service to veterans and the development of the military and civil aviation in Jamaica; and Digicel Foundation for its contribution to education, community development and special needs.

GraceKennedy Ltd, Sagicor Foundation, Red Stripe, Mona Social Services, and the Rotary Club of Kingston for the building of JaBiz Town are among those companies and foundations shortlisted for receiving these prestigious awards.

In marking its 30-year existence, AmCham Jamaica will also honour businessman and philanthropist William Mahfood with the President’s Award.

Mahfood will be recognised in part for spearheading the Wisynco Group of Companies, and for his contribution to philanthropy and national development in both private and public sectors.

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