Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Monday | June 1, 2009
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First Global celebrates women of vision


Come June 10, one lucky woman of distinction and vision who has made a significant impact on the lives of others in her career, community or just the different areas of her life will be awarded the First Global Vision Award for her tremendous achievements.

The award, now in its second year, is the first such award of this magnitude in Jamaica for women who have made an impact on others in their respective spheres of endeavour, while being role models for the current and next generation of women.

The process of selection, according to assistant vice-president for marketing and public relations, Kerry Ann Betton -Stimpson, includes nomination submissions by members of the public following an intensive advertising campaign where persons were invited to nominate individuals for this prestigious award.

The nominees who have to exhibit moral and social values that are consistent with that of a positive role model were selected from the business, education, community development and philanthropy, sports and entrepreneurship fields.

The Gleaner Company's Flair Magazine has highlighted the accomplishments and work of the awardees in building the Jamaican society.

Dr Olive Lewin, noted musician, teacher, researcher, author and performer, was the recipient of last year's Vision Award for her commitment to preserving Jamaica's folk and cultural legacy for generations to come.

The selection panel comprised: Becky Stockhausen, executive director of the American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica; Tamara Hill, wife of banker/businessman, Aubyn Hill; Pat Ramsay, chairperson of the Women's Leadership Initiative; Claudette Pious, executive director of Children First and former Vision Award nominee; and Karin Cooper, marketing and corporate affairs manager at The Gleaner Company.

The nominees are: Lorna Bell, executive director of the Special Olympics in Jamaica; Maia Chung-Smith of the Maia Chung Autism and Disabilities Foundation; Winsome Wilkins, president and chief executive officer, United Way of Jamaica; Dr Cecile Walden, principal of Sam Sharpe Teachers' College in Montego Bay; and Caroline Miles, master teacher of Seaforth High School in St Thomas.

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