Lawson, Clunis Household Workers of the YearSaturday, July 02, 2016
Michael Lawson and Millicent Clunis came out on top of the GraceKennedy/Heather Little-White Household Worker Championships on Thursday, winning cash and prizes in excess of $450,000.
They each won cash prizes of $300,000 from GraceKennedy, an account with $30,000 from First Global Bank, a $25,000 gift voucher from Hi-Lo Food Stores, and will receive financial assistance for a secondary school student for a year to the tune of $100,000.
Runners-up Elizabeth Watson Warren and Denham Coke, received $200,000 from GK, an account with $20,000 from First Global Bank and a $15,000 gift voucher from Hi-Lo Food Stores.
The awards, which were held at Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, celebrated the role of household workers and their contribution to national development, with special attention being given to males in the profession.
"We must recognise the work of our household workers as a profession. Your service cannot be replicated or replaced," Prime Minister Andrew Holness said in the keynote address.
GraceKennedy Group CEO Don Wehby said: "Too often we forget to show this special, hard-working group of Jamaicans that we are grateful to them for what they do for us, and GraceKennedy is happy to be able to bring them the recognition they deserve, and reward them for their hard work," he said.
President of Jamaica Household Workers’ Union Shirley Pryce received a special award for her sterling contribution to the development of the profession. For the past 25 years, Pryce has fought for the rights of domestic workers in Jamaica and the Caribbean. In receiving her award, Pryce acknowledged the role played by Heather Little-White in inspiring her to dedicate her time to this cause.
The judging panel comprised Pryce; PROComm Managing Director Jean Lowrie-Chin; Grace Foods consultant and retired Executive Chef Mazie Miller; gender specialist Dr Glenda Simms; retired GraceKennedy board director, Anthony Lawrence; and consultant to Grace and Staff Foundation Frances Madden.
The GraceKennedy/Heather Little-White Household Worker Award was inaugurated in 2014 to recognise and reward Jamaica’s household workers. It is presented in honour of Dr Little-White who spent many years with GraceKennedy.