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Jamaica: GraceKennedy launches Inaugural GraceKennedy/Heather Little-White Household Worker Award

Jamaica: GraceKennedy launches Inaugural GraceKennedy/Heather Little-White Household Worker Award

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by IDWFED published Apr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
GraceKennedy is seeking to identify the Household Worker of the Year from nominations from the public. From the nominations, ten finalists will be chosen who will be interviewed by a panel, and the top three selected. The inaugural award, scheduled to become an annual presentation, will see the eventual overall winner receiving a trophy named in memory of Dr. Heather Little-White, a cash award of $250,000 and the opportunity to nominate a student to receive an educational grant.

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GraceKennedy is seeking to identify the Household Worker of the Year from nominations from the public. From the nominations, ten finalists will be chosen who will be interviewed by a panel, and the top three selected.  The inaugural award, scheduled to become an annual presentation, will see the eventual overall winner receiving a trophy named in memory of Dr. Heather Little-White, a cash award of $250,000 and the opportunity to nominate a student to receive an educational grant.

Shirley Pryce, President of the Jamaica Household Workers Union, expressed her sincere appreciation for the GraceKennedy initiative.

“These are very hardworking people who very often don’t get the recognition and respect they deserve. I am really happy to know that GraceKennedy sees the value of their work and has chosen to reward them in this way,” she said.

“Finally!”   GraceKennedy Group CEO, Don Wehby and Shirley Pryce, President, Jamaica Household Workers Union celebrate the partnership sealed at the launch of the ‘GraceKennedy Heather Little-White Household Worker Award’ on Thursday, April 10 at GraceKennedy’s Head Office on Harbour Street.


A formal press release from the GraceKennedy Group:

GRACEKENNEDY LAUNCHES INAUGURAL GRACEKENNEDY/HEATHER LITTLE-WHITE HOUSEHOLD WORKER AWARD

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, APRIL 10 – The GraceKennedy Group today launched the inaugural GraceKennedy/Heather Little-White Household Worker Award at its downtown Kingston Headquarters. Group CEO Don Wehby described the award as an opportunity to recognize and reward some of Jamaica’s finest workers, and as another indication of GraceKennedy’s efforts to do what is ‘good for Jamaica’.

“Today, we honour some of Jamaica’s finest people, who have a profound impact on the lives of thousands of Jamaican families,” said the Group CEO, adding that the company saw it appropriate to add Dr Little-White’s name to the award because of the contribution she had made to GraceKennedy, and the dedicated work she had done in the training of household workers. “This was really an area for which she had great passion. She trained many people and changed many lives and we want to honour her for that,” he said.

This is great!   GraceKennedy Group CEO, Don Wehby (left) greets Lennie-Little White, brother of the late Dr Heather Little-White, in whose honour GraceKennedy today launched the inaugural GraceKennedy/Heather Little-White Household Worker Award. Looking on is Shirley Pryce, President, Jamaica Household Workers Union.

Ms Shirley Pryce, President of the Jamaica Household Workers Union, expressed her sincere appreciation for the GraceKennedy initiative. Under her leadership, the organization, launched in 1991 as the Jamaica Household Workers Association with 175 members, has now grown to 3,800 members. “These are very hardworking people who very often don’t get the recognition and respect they deserve. I am really happy to know that GraceKennedy sees the value of their work and has chosen to reward them in this way,” she said.  Lennie Little-White, Executive Chairman of MEDIAMIX and brother of Dr Little-White spoke of his sister’s commitment and passion when it came to the training of Household Workers. “She gave them the skills and the confidence to change their lives. This is truly a fitting way to honour her memory,” he said.

GraceKennedy is asking for the public to nominate their household workers and in no more than 200 words, say why they should be the winner of this award. Nominations are to be sent to gracekennedy@gkco.com; posted on facebook.com/gracekennedylimited or sent by tweet (with link attached) @gracekennedygrp. They can also be dropped off at the company’s Head Office, 73 Harbour Street, Kingston. All entries are to be submitted by May 9, with the winner to be announced at an Award Ceremony to be held on May 26.

Nominations will be viewed by a panel of judges comprising representatives from GraceKennedy, PROComm and the Jamaica Household Workers Union. The top ten nominees will be selected and interviewed, with the top three chosen. The winner of the Award will receive the GraceKennedy Household Worker of the Year Award as well as $250,000. Second and third place winners will receive trophies, and $150,000 and $100,000 respectively. The winner will also select a secondary student, who will receive an education grant for funding for a year of High School.

Contact: 
Simone Clarke-Cooper
Corporate Communication Manager
809-1121 (cell)
932-3174 (straight line)

Source: The GraceKennedy Group

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