Among those honoured for selfless service is noted award-winning journalist and businesswoman Janet Silvera. A long-standing senior writer at the Jamaica Gleaner Company Limited, Silvera has managed the Gleaner’s Hospitality Jamaica publication for many years, helping to bring awareness to the importance of sustainable tourism for communities and the nation. Based in Montego Bay, Silvera is integrally involved in the growth and vibrancy of this tourist destination, and as such, has taken on leadership roles in her efforts. She was recently appointed president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI). In that role she has pledged to focus on the growth and development of small and medium-sized businesses within the community.
Besides her media and business positions, Silvera has given back to the community in myriad ways. One such charitable pursuit is the birth of the annual event ‘MoBayCity Run’, a 10K/5K run and walk which she founded in 2014. Since its inception, the popular journalist has raised millions of Jamaican dollars for students in need across western Jamaica. She also works to protect abused children and the elderly through another organisation, Sarah’s Children, a non-profit charity
setup to protect youngsters, the voiceless, and the disabled.
A true humanitarian, activist, and promoter of brand Jamaica, Silvera is indeed an ambassador for her country and community. “I am truly honoured”, said Silvera noting, “I have seen CMEx successfully influence the coverage of sustainable tourism in the region, to the point where travel and hospitality developments have moved from the lifestyle columns to the business pages.” Established in 2001, CMEx has brought together stakeholders in media, government, tourism, private enterprise to focus on sustainable development in and around the tourism industry, a sector critical to the many islands in the Caribbean. Through international and regional conferences, meetings, and press trips the organisation has helped to build public awareness around sustainable tourism issues, needs, and successes.