High Commission in UK honours outstanding womenSunday, March 08, 2015
LONDON, United Kingdom — The High Commission in London, United Kingdom (UK) last week paid tribute to four outstanding Jamaican women at a reception to celebrate International Women's Day 2015.
The four, Mavis Stewart, a former nurse and midwife who is a founding member of the Association of Jamaicans UK Trust; Dame Karlene Davis, former General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives; Beverly Johnson, Birmingham-based businesswoman and entrepreneur; and Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to her Majesty the Queen and Speaker of the House of Representatives were honoured for their exemplary service.
"It is our pleasure to be able to host this special reception to honour some of our outstanding Jamaican women here in the diaspora. We thought that it would be only fitting to commemorate International Women's Day this year by recognising those women among us who have and continue to blaze a trail for so many others -- both men and women -- to follow," said High Commissioner Aloun Ndombet Assamba.
The high commissioner said that the four women were shining examples of what can be accomplished through hard work and perseverance.
"Each of these ladies have excelled and overcome their own challenges in their respective fields to be beacons of hope and inspiration for all generations. They have continued the long tradition of outstanding and unswerving commitment of so many members of the diaspora who have not only come and settled in the UK, but have contributed significantly to this country's overall development," she noted.
She said that the High Commission was particularly proud of each of the honorees who have been an integral part of the work of the mission.
The event was supported by the Jamaica National Building Society in the UK, and all four women received a commemorative plaque. Special citations in their honour were also read.
Stewart was unable to attend and her plaque received by her daughter, Michelle.