Mon | Oct 22, 2018

US embassy recognises stakeholders

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMLatara Boodie
US Embassy Stakeholders Appreciation and Recognition Awards at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston on Friday, September 28, 2018
US Embassy Stakeholders Appreciation and Recognition Awards at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston on Friday, September 28, 2018.
US Embassy Stakeholders Appreciation and Recognition Awards at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston on Friday, September 28, 2018.
US Embassy Stakeholders Appreciation and Recognition Awards at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston on Friday, September 28, 2018.
US Embassy Stakeholders Appreciation and Recognition Awards at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston on Friday, September 28, 2018.
US Embassy Stakeholders Appreciation and Recognition Awards at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston on Friday, September 28, 2018.
US Embassy Stakeholders Appreciation and Recognition Awards at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston on Friday, September 28, 2018.
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The United States Embassy, through its Public Affairs Section, recently initiated the Stakeholder Appreciation and Recognition Awards (SARA), held at the Talk of The Town Suite, The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

The purpose of the award was to celebrate the Embassy's programme partners that showed examples of best practices from various sectors and formally celebrate their exceptional performance. Through SARA, the embassy aims to create an environment that inspires new ideas that individuals can celebrate and emulate. Host Joy Kelly, with her distinct soothing voice, led the proceedings for the event.

"The US Embassy has enjoyed the long-standing relationship we have with the Jamaican Government and the people," said Charge d'Affaires Eric Khant, who highlighted the various work across the sectors with their stakeholders.

Counsellor for Public Affairs - Jeremiah Knight, handed out the awards to persons nominated within the various categories for the SARA award. The categories included The Partnership Impact Award, which was given to the University of Technology, Northern Caribbean University and the Alumni Working Group. This award was given to stakeholders who demonstrated and sustained exceptional partnership; exhibiting extraordinary skills in leadership, resulting in the accomplishment of mutual goals and objectives, leading to greater effectiveness.

The Pinnacle Award, was awarded to stakeholders who went beyond the traditional day-to-day sustainability function, and supports collaborative programmes and projects, resulting in outstanding accomplishments that are mutually beneficial. This was awarded to Milton Walker, Carol Palmer, and Dr Lloyd Waller.

The Outside the Box Award, was granted to social entrepreneur Stephen Newland, for his demonstration through proven knowledge and originality. Newland also portrayed innovative concepts which inspired collaborative works and accomplished goals.

The Spotlight Award was given to Archibald Gordon for his embodiment of the spirit of teamwork and made exceptional contributions to a task, exceeding obstacles to reach the desired goal.

"Thank you all for partnering with us and working together to achieve desired goals," said Knight in his closing remarks of the SARA Awards.

latara.boodie@gleanerjm.com