Jamaica's honorary consul of Poland, Irena Cousins, was in February invested by Charge d'Affaires of the Polish Embassy in Caracas Milena Lukasiewicz with the second highest civilian honour - the Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of Merit.
It is the class in the Order of Merit awarded to Sir Edmund Hillary when he conquered Mt Everest with Sherpa Tenzing.
Cousins was awarded the honour for services to the Republic of Poland and especially to Polish citizens in Jamaica.
It is the first time an honour of this magnitude has been awarded to a Jamaican citizen by Poland. She was previously honoured with the Officer's Cross.
Cousins is married to Jamaican industrialist Leo Cousins, founder of Lydford Mining Company, and has two adult children - W. Clark Cousins, attorney-at-law, and Edgar Cousins of the Lydford Mining Company - and four adult grandchildren.
Cousins has been Poland's honorary consul since 1993 and continues active duty in all spheres of her post.
Several members of Cabinet and diplomatic and consular corps were present at the ceremony during a reception held by the Delegation of the European Union.