Professor Gordon Shirley is RJRGLEANER Man of the Year

February 14, 2018 5:02 AM

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Professor Gordon Shirley is RJRGLEANER Man of the Year

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.

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.

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.


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