Six St Ann residents honoured for contributing to nation-building

Six residents of St Ann were honoured on Monday for their contribution to community development and nation-building.

St Ann’s Bay Mayor Michael Belnavis (left) presents an award to Buel Gloria Clarke for outstanding service in the field of education during the St Ann Municipal Corporation Civic Affairs and Community Relations Committee’s National Heroes Day Civic Ceremony at Lawrence Park, St Ann’s Bay, on Monday.
St Ann’s Bay Mayor Michael Belnavis (left) presents an award to Buel Gloria Clarke for outstanding service in the field of education during the St Ann Municipal Corporation Civic Affairs and Community Relations Committee’s National Heroes Day Civic Ceremony at Lawrence Park, St Ann’s Bay, on Monday.

The honourees were recognised by the St Ann Municipal Corporation Civic Affairs and Community Relations Committee, during its National Heroes Day Civic Ceremony at Lawrence Park in St Ann’s Bay.

Those honoured are Buel Gloria Clarke and Angella Campbell-Treasure for service to education; Reverend Nybell Carlton for religion; Lyndsay Isaacs – community service; Paul Issa – philanthropy; and Atadian Laing – bravery.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mayor of St Ann’s Bay, Councillor Michael Belnavis, commended the honourees for their selfless and unwavering contributions to nation-building.

“When we think about National Heroes Day, we have a lot to be proud of.”

— Belnavis

He said they have earned the right to be called unsung heroes, noting that each individual has made significant contributions to the parish of St Ann and has left indelible footprints in society.

Meanwhile, Belnavis called on Jamaicans to take greater pride in celebrating the work of persons who have charted the course for present-day Jamaica.

“When we think about National Heroes Day, we have a lot to be proud of. We have a lot to remember [and] a lot to give thanks for. These [Seven National Heroes and Heroine] stepped up to the plate, and they did what was necessary to pave the way for us, as future generations, to make our country world-renowned,” he said.