Public being invited to submit nominations October 1 to November 7
For the fifth successive year, GraceKennedy Limited (GKL), in association with the Jamaica Household Workers’ Union (JHWU), will honour household workers for their outstanding performance, through the staging of the GraceKennedy/Heather Little-White Household Workers Awards.
The Awards Programme was conceptualized to recognize and reward individuals who are employed within households, for the invaluable contribution they make towards families and to national development.
In affirming GraceKennedy’s continued commitment to the Awards Programme, Group Chief Executive Officer, Don Wehby, noted,
“GraceKennedy is a family company, which supports the building of strong families — the foundation of our country. The Awards Programme is an opportunity to salute household workers; the unsung heroes who give of their time, talent and experience to the families of Jamaica. Their contribution to overall productivity may not appear on any official documentation but we know that it is tremendous, and GraceKennedy is pleased to host the Awards for a fifth year, to raise awareness of the impact household workers have on nation-building.”
President of the JHWU, Shirley Pryce, expressed her delight with the fifth staging of the Awards. “We are certainly very pleased with the continuation of the GraceKennedy/Heather Little-White Household Worker Awards. Our members look forward to it with great anticipation and excitement. It’s really good to know that these hardworking Jamaicans are being recognized in this way and we strongly believe that the Awards will inspire others to see this as a viable and decent way of earning a living. Thanks to GraceKennedy for making this longtime dream of ours a reality,” she said.
The Awards Programme honours the late Dr Heather Little-White, in recognition of her years of service at GKL. Dr Little-White first served as Marketing Officer from 1980 to 1983, and then as Manager of Grace Kitchens and Consumer Centre from 1984 to 1993. While at Grace Kitchens, she started the popular television programme Creative Cooking, which promoted good nutrition for all Jamaicans. Dr Little-White was equally well known for her dedication to the upliftment of household workers and overall improvement of their socio-economic condition.
The Awards Programme is open to persons who work, full time or part time, in return for wages, in a household.
The first and second placed male and female winners of the Awards will receive over $1 million in prizes. Cash prizes will also be presented to the first place winners for either their educational advancement or a student they designate.
Beginning October 1, members of the public may nominate household workers for the Awards by completing a nomination form
and writing a 200-word essay stating why their nominee should be the winner. Nominators may submit a maximum of two nominations – one male and one female, but may not nominate themselves or their family members.
Nominations should be submitted to GraceKennedy’s Head Office, 73 Harbour Street, Kingston, or sent via email to . All entries are to be submitted by November 7, 2018.
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a panel of judges to be selected by GKL.
The Awards Programme will culminate with the staging of an awards ceremony to be held on December 18, when the 2018 champion male and female household workers in Jamaica will be announced and prizes presented to them.
Established in 1991 as the Jamaica Household Workers Association, the organization evolved to become the Jamaica Household Workers’ Union (JHWU) in 2013. JHWU is a non-government, non-partisan, voluntary organization that represents the needs and interests of household workers.