GraceKennedy Chairman, Hon. Douglas Orane, received the 2012 Leadership Award from the prestigious Planet Africa organization on October 27 at the Diversity and Planet Africa Awards Ceremony at the Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, Canada. The Awards, presented by Planet Africa Network Inc, are part of the esteemed Planet Africa organization, whose vision is to advance the aspirations of the African Diaspora worldwide.
In a notification letter to Mr. Orane, Planet Africa Group President Patricia Bebia Mawa cited his “great leadership and dedication to building a community and a world where dignity, compassion and respect reign,” as the reason he was chosen to receive the Award. Mr. Orane was nominated by members of the Canadian public, and selected by a panel under the direction of Silvertrust Communications, the parent company of the Planet Africa Network. Silvertrust established a Crossover Mentorship Programme in 2008, to build a community where young people are given the tools to become positive citizens, through professional guidance and mentorship.
“I am very humbled by the Award,’ noted Mr. Orane. “I have spent my life trying to make a difference in various areas. I have always believed that once you put your mind to something, you can achieve it. It just goes to show that each of us, once we commit to making a difference, can do so in a very big way,” he said.
The Planet Africa Awards are presented in categories which include Leadership, Professional Excellence, Science and Technology, Community Development and Media and Entertainment. Among the recipients of this year’s Awards is Hollywood Actress, Vivica A. Fox. Mr. Orane joins a distinguished list of Jamaicans who have won Planet Africa Awards.
The list includes retired banker and former Ontario Government cabinet member Mary Anne Chambers, who currently sits on GraceKennedy’s Board, Deputy Chief of Toronto Police Service Peter Sloly, who was awarded this year, and iconic Jamaicans Bob Marley and Marcus Garvey, who were awarded posthumously last year and this year respectively.
The mission of the awards program since its inception in 2004, is to identify and recognize deserving individuals, organizations, businesses and agencies that make a profound difference in society and the lives of people of African heritage. While the Awards are given mostly to Canadians, there is also recognition of international high profile achievers.
This is the second international Award received by Mr. Orane in October. Latin Trade presented him with the ‘Bravo’ Award for Social Sustainability Leader of the Year 2012 at a gala on Friday, October 26, in Miami, Florida.