MINISTER of Science, Energy and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley will be honoured with the Jamaica College Old Boys’ Association of New York (JCOBA-NY) inaugural Technology Leadership Award this month.
The presentation will be made at the association’s Annual Griffin Awards and Fund-raiser at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan, New York, on Saturday, June 9.
President of JCOBA, New York chapter, Carl Bennett, told JIS News that the award will be presented to Dr Wheatley to recognise him for his stellar work in driving Jamaica’s transition into a world-class society through innovation in science, energy and technology.
“This is perfectly aligned with the association’s mission to enable innovation and technology competence through national workforce development to fuel Jamaica’s future growth,” he said.
Dr Wheatley will deliver the keynote address at the event, which is being held under the patronage of Jamaica’s ambassador to the United States Audrey Marks. The ambassador will address the gathering, as will Consul General to New York Trudy Deans.
The association will also recognise and present awards to several persons, namely Dr Robynne Chutkan and Vanessa Noel, who will receive the Woman of Distinction Award, while Clifton Patrick Simpson will receive the Jamaica Brand Ambassador Award; and four past students — Gary ‘Butch’ Hendrickson, Drs William Foster, Paul Lindo and Dwight Williams — will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Bennett pointed out that the Griffin Award celebrates the achievements of Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica in the arts, sciences, business, politics and community service. He said it is a very special event for his Association, as it provides an opportunity to honour some of the most deserving members of the community for their tireless contributions in enhancing the lives of the citizens.
Proceeds from the fund-raiser will help to support the science, technology, engineering and mathematics applications and spark innovation to advance workforce development in Jamaica.