The RJRGLEANER Honour Awards gala began with nine nomineesÂ who had a chance to be named the 2017 Gleaner Man of the Year. In the end, there stood only oneÂ 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,Â drew from a wide cross section of outstanding Jamaicans, who stood out for their invaluable contribution to the nation last year. They highlighted theÂ 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 âhigh honourâ, at the same time hailingÂ the support of those he has worked withÂ as a diplomat, educator and business leader.
Gary Allen, the RJRGLEANER Communications Group chiefÂ executive officer, presented Shirley with theÂ 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.
âThe award is really an outstanding one and I am really grateful to receive it,â Shirley said.
Shirley joins an illustrious group to have won the prestigious Man of the Year Award, among themÂ the legendary sprinterÂ Usain Bolt, Dr Peter Phillips, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, former prime minister Edward SeagaÂ and theÂ former PoliceÂ Commissioner Owen Ellington, among others.
The RJRGLEANERÂ Honour Awards recognises the initiative, accomplishments and courage of individuals or organisations that have contributed significantly to improving Jamaicaâs quality of life, at anytime in the preceding 12 months, or is likely to bring about such a change in the immediate future.