Sun | Feb 25, 2018

Professor Gordon Shirley is RJRGLEANER Man of the Year

Published:Wednesday | February 14, 2018 | 12:02 AMPaul Clarke
Professor Gordon Shirley beams with pride after being named the 2017 RJRGLEANER Man of the Year.
Professor Gordon Shirley proudly displays his 2017 RJRGLEANER Man of the Year Award.
Annisha McNaughton (sister of entertainer Jamar 'Chronixx' McNaughton) receives the RJRGLEANER Honour Awards on behalf of her brother, who was awarded in the category of entertainment. Presenting the award is Dr Lawrence Nicholson, deputy chairman, RJRGLEANER Communications Group.
Miss Universe Jamaica Davina Bennett accepts the RJRGLEANER Honour Awards (Special Award) in the category of Arts and Culture from Gleaner's Circulation Manager Burchell Gibson.
Gloria Henry (right) receives the RJRGLEANER Special Award in the category of business from Gleaner's head of business development and marketing Nordia Craig.
Boys' Town Community Intervention Programme chief executive officer, Trevor Spence (right), receives the RJRGLEANER Honour Award in the category of Voluntary Service from RJRGLEANER Communications Group head of News (broadcast), Milton Walker.
Alvin Wint (right), chief operating officer of Electricity Sector Enterprise Team (ESET), accepts the award from Christopher Barnes, RJRGLEANER Communications Group chief operating officer. ESET won in the category of Science and Technology.
Dr Walton Small, head of the Inter Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) receives the RJRGLEANER Honour Award in the category of Sports from RJRGLEANER chief financial officer Andrea Wilson-Messam.
Banker Patrick Hylton (right), accepts his RJRGLEANER Honour Award in the business category from Gary Allen, chief executive officer of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group.
Professor Gordon Shirley kisses wife Jeanelle Van Glaanenweygel in celebration of being named the RJRGLEANER Man of the Year.
Veteran entertainer Hugh Beresford Hammond (left) receives his Lifetime Achievement Award from Gary Allen, RJRGLEANER Communications Group chief executive officer.
A beaming Beverley Lashely, chief executive officer at the National Library of Jamaica, receives the RJRGLEANER Honour Award (Arts and Culture category), from Dennis Howard, RJRGLEANER Communications Group general manager, Radio Services.
Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton (right) accepts the award in the category of Health and Wellness for the Jamaica Moves initiative. Here, Christopher Barnes, RJRGLEANER Communications Group chief operating officer makes the presentation.
Senator Dr Floyd Morris receives his award from Shena Stubbs-Gibson, company secretary and senior legal officer, RJRGLEANER Communications Group. Morris won the award in the category of education.
Professor Gordon Shirley (right) is presented with the RJRGLEANER Honour Awards citation for Public Service. Making the presentation is Dr Lawrence Nicholson, deputy chairman, RJRGLEANER Communications Group.
Entertainer Hugh Beresford Hammond enjoys a moment with RJRGLEANER Communications Group chief operating officer Christopher Barnes at the awards gala affair at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston yesterday.
Sonita Abrahams (left), executive director RISE Life Management Services, accepts the RJRGLEANER Honour Awards (special award) in the category of Voluntary Service from Donna Hussey, corporate affairs manager, Main Events Limited.
Gary Allen, chief executive officer of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group (left), and Douglas Orane (right) pose with winners of the RJRGLEANER Honour Awards at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston yesterday.
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The RJRGLEANER Honour Awards gala began with nine nominees who had a chance to be named the 2017 Gleaner Man of the Year. In the end, there stood only one in the person of Professor Gordon Shirley, an outstanding public servant and current head of the Port Authority of Jamaica.

The posh formal affair, which took place at its usual 'home', the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston yesterday, drew from a wide cross section of outstanding Jamaicans, who stood out for their invaluable contribution to the nation last year. They highlighted the high standard for which the honour awards has come to be known over its 38 years in existence.

Shirley told The Gleaner that he was more than pleased being selected for such “high honour”, at the same time hailing the support of those he has worked with as a diplomat, educator and business leader.

 

Gary Allen, the RJRGLEANER Communications Group chief executive officer, presented Shirley with the award.

“I am entirely honoured to be awarded. I also feel honoured to be in this position. I think that all of my accomplishments are really the effort of a team of persons that are really dedicated in both the education and public sector,” said Shirley. “In accepting this, I do so, on behalf of them as well.”

He praised the RJRGLEANER awards committee for their diligence in highlighting the contribution of persons across the country, who have given much to the development of Jamaica.

“The award is really an outstanding one and I am really grateful to receive it,” Shirley said.

Shirley joins an illustrious group to have won the prestigious Man of the Year Award, among them the legendary sprinter Usain Bolt, Dr Peter Phillips, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, former prime minister Edward Seaga and the former Police Commissioner Owen Ellington, among others.

CATEGORY WINNERS (Special Awards)

* Omar McLeod - sports


* Gloria Henry - business


* RISE Life Management Services - voluntary service


* Davina Bennett - arts and culture


* Hugh Beresford Hammond - Lifetime Achievement Award

CATEGORY WINNERS 


* National Library of Jamaica - arts and culture 


* Senator Dr Floyd Morris - education


* Patrick Hylton - business


* Boys' Town Community Intervention Programme - voluntary service


* The Inter Secondary Schools Sports Association - sports


* Professor Gordon Shirley - public service


* Jamar 'Chronixx' McNaughton - entertainment


* Electricity Sector Enterprise Team (ESET) - science and technology


* Jamaica Moves - health and wellness

The RJRGLEANER Honour Awards recognises the initiative, accomplishments and courage of individuals or organisations that have contributed significantly to improving Jamaica’s quality of life, at anytime in the preceding 12 months, or is likely to bring about such a change in the immediate future.

paul.clarke@gleanerjm.com