U.S. Group Honors Former Jamaica P.M.

Team Jamaica Bickle, a United States-based hospitality group, is honoring former Jamaica Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. Simpson Miller, Jamaica’s first female leader, was among several individuals scheduled to be honored on April 1 at TBJ’s 25th anniversary reception in Kingston.

simpson millerTJB provides hospitality support for Jamaican and other Caribbean athletes who compete at the   annual Penn Relays Carnival at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.The reception, held under the  patronage of Jamaica’s Governor General Sir Patrick Allen with the theme “Celebrating Volunteerism, Heralding Excellence” TJB said it would also honor Don Wehby, chief executive officer of the Jamaican-owned Grace Kennedy Group, and “recognize those whose lives have positively impacted others and, who, through their actions, have brought about change.”


Rounding out the list of honorees are Dr. Walton Small, outgoing Jamaica Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) president; Ali McNab, former Jamaica national soccer player, broadcaster and current special advisor to the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports in Jamaica; Sekou Clarke, Jamaican immigration attorney; and Trishana McGowan, Jamaican sports analyst and former athlete.

TJB said Simpson-Miller is “heralded as a standard bearer for women.

“She became Jamaica’s seventh prime minister in March 2006 and was conferred with the Order of the Nation in May 2006.

“Mrs. Simpson Miller’s ascension to Jamaica’s highest political office came after having served for 17 years as a Cabinet minister.

“Her distinguished record of service at the regional and international levels deserves much acclaim,” TJB added.