GraceKennedy Group - GraceKennedy Celebrates 2017 Household Workers of the Year
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 14:10

GraceKennedy Celebrates 2017 Household Workers of the Year

Kingston, Jamaica – October 6, 2017: The GraceKennedy Heather Little-White Household Workers Awards held on Thursday, October 5, hosted by GK Group CEO Don Wehby celebrated the achievements of Jamaica's outstanding workers in the field. Cherrilene Williams-Case emerged as the 2017 Female Household Worker of the Year while Anthony Houston was awarded Male Household Worker of the Year.

Time For Celebration Anthony Houston (left) and Cherrilene Williams-Case (right)  Male and Female GraceKennedy Heather Little-White Champion Household Worker of the Year  respectively celebrate their winning the top awards.  They   are joined in their celebrations (from left) by Honourable Shanine Robinson, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Shirley Pryce, President, Jamaica Household Workers' Union, and Senator Don Wehby, GraceKennedy Group CEO. They were at the Awards Ceremony held at Jamaica Pegasus on October 5.              

This was the fourth staging of this award which was established to affirm the important role played by Jamaica's household workers.

GraceKennedy Group CEO Don Wehby pointed to the incremental and enabling role of household workers in enhancing productivity within the homes where they work. "Through our household workers' professionalism and hard work, they have enabled their employers to also go out and make their direct contributions to society, thereby increasing the society's overall levels of productivity. I can personally attest to this fact," Wehby said.

The Honourable Shahine Robinson, Minister of Labour and Social Security, in her keynote address, observed that "Jamaica simply could not survive without this important contribution to our households…We salute you for your tireless and often overlooked work." She warmly congratulated the winners.

At the ceremony, Dr The Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, received a Special Award for Outstanding Service to the People of Jamaica in the Areas of Labour, Decent Work and Gender Affairs. In the citation, GraceKennedy recognized the former Prime Minister as "an icon of public service and political leadership in Jamaica," who used her political and public administration platforms over more than forty years to "assist people to attain their dreams and actualize their potential."

Minister Robinson also said of Mrs Simpson Miller that: "the acknowledgement of the value of the household worker is inextricably linked to the work you have done in this regard," and expressed the hope that Jamaicans will work towards creating harmony within households and the society at large.

The first prize winners, Mr. Houston and Mrs. Williams-Case, won cash prizes of $300,000 each from GraceKennedy, an account from First Global Bank, gift vouchers for shopping at Hi-Lo Food Stores, and partial funding toward a course certified by City and Guilds London Institute. Each winner has also been provided with a grant of $100,000 which will be used to assist a student with educational expenses.

Runner-up winners Herbert Thompson and Winsome Hines won $200,000 each, funds to open an account at First Global Bank and gift vouchers for shopping at Hi-Lo Food Stores.

The remaining six nominees in the top 10 each received $10,000 cash and $10,000 gift voucher from Hi-Lo Food Stores.

The Judging Panel comprised Head of the Jamaica Household Workers' Union, Shirley Pryce; Chef Mazie Miller, Grace Foods Consultant; Dr Glenda Simms, Gender Specialist; Mrs Angella Grandison-Reid, Consumer Services Manager with Grace Foods; Anthony Lawrence, retired GraceKennedy Executive; Frances Madden, Consultant to Grace and Staff Community Development Foundation and Jean Lowrie-Chin, PROComm Executive Chairman and co-ideator of the GraceKennedy Heather-Little White Household Worker of the Year Award.

The GraceKennedy/Heather Little-White Household Worker Award was inaugurated in 2014 to recognize and reward Jamaica's household workers. It is presented in honour of the late Dr Little-White due to her years of service at GraceKennedy and her training of Household Workers, and her dedication to the improvement of their skills and their lives.