GraceKennedy crowns top household workers
Cherrilene Williams-Case, who won the female household worker of the year award, with Labour Minister Shahine Robinson and GraceKennedy boss Don Wehby. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)
Anthony Houston and Cherrilene Williams-Case, were crowned this year’s male and female champion household workers at the recent GraceKennedy/Heather Little-White Household Worker of the Year Awards presentation at the Talk of the Town, Jamaica Pegasus hotel.
Each walked away with $300,000 from GraceKennedy; $30,000 from First Global Bank; food vouchers valued at $25,000 from Hi-Lo Food Stores as well as the Heather Little-White first-place trophy.
They will also receive training from professional and vocational training institute, City and Guilds, with GraceKennedy, funding a portion of the cost, with a contingency for an additional $100,000 to be used for incidental school-related expenses.
Keynote speaker at the event, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Shahine Robinson, commended the household workers for their dedication and tireless service to their employers.
She said, “your work as caregivers, gardeners, nannies, cooks, handymen, and the list goes on, is indispensable to the running of Jamaica’s economy. We salute you for your tireless and often overlooked work.
“We cannot say thank you enough for the value that you offer. You are our unsung heroes. Because of you, we know that our children, our property and many aspects of our lives are in trusted hands,” the Minister said.
GK Housekeeper Awards 2017
She also lauded GraceKennedy for the initiative, which she said exemplifies its commitment to the social and economic advancement of Jamaica while recognising the positive contribution that these workers make within the household and, by extension, the wider society.
Meanwhile, Group Chief Executive Officer for GraceKennedy, Don Wehby, said the previous winners have put the cash prizes to good use, by using it to further their education.
“At GraceKennedy, we promote lifelong learning,” he added.
Wehby said that household workers are among those unsung heroes who provide a support system for persons to achieve their goals.
A citation was also read and a gift presented to specially invited guest, former Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, in recognition of her many years of dedicated service and for her contribution to nation building in the areas of gender and labour.
Named in honour of the late Dr Heather Little-White, to recognise her years of service to the company and for training and encouraging household workers to improve their lives, the GraceKennedy/Heather Little White Household Worker of the Year Award was inaugurated in 2014 to recognise and reward Jamaica’s household workers.