223 RECEIVE NATIONAL HONORS & AWARDS IN JAMAICA: Hundreds of Jamaicans and well-wishers endured the sweltering heat yesterday as they gathered on the lawns of King's House to cheer on family & friends

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com  Tuesday, October 20, 2015    
Hundreds of Jamaicans and well-wishers endured the sweltering heat yesterday as they gathered on the lawns of King's House to cheer on family, friends, and colleagues receiving recognition for their outstanding contribution to various spheres of national life.
The new members of the Order of Jamaica are photographed
during the annual Ceremony of Investiture and Presentation
of National Honours and Awards at King’s House yesterday
 morning. 
The list of 223 conferred with national honours and awards at the annual ceremony was headed by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cari-Med Limited Dr Glenford Christian, who was rewarded for his invaluable contribution to the pharmaceutical industry with the Order of Jamaica (OJ), the nation's fifth highest honour.
Also receiving the prestigious OJ were Ambassador Derick Heaven, for distinguished service to the public sector and leadership in the sugar industry; Dr Vincent Getchun HoSang, for philanthropic and dedicated service to the country and the Jamaican diaspora in New York; Professor Elsa Leo-Rhynie, for outstanding contribution to academia; and Rev Dr Burchel Taylor for service in the field of religion.
Staff Sergeant Orion Archat from the Jamaica Defence
Force marches to the dais to accept his Medal of Honour for
 Gallantry for the great courage,
The honorary awardees in that category were Denis O'Brien for contribution to the telecommunications industry; Rev Father Louis Grenier for service to religion, education and voluntary service of over 60 years; and Professor Graham Sergeant for his work in sickle-cell research locally and internationally.
The generally staid occasion had a few rousing moments, such as the standing ovation which Olympic quarter-miler and breast cancer survivor Novlene Williams-Mills received as she accepted the insignia for the Order of Distinction in the rank of officer (OD) for her achievement in athletics.
Veteran journalist Fae Ellington, who was conferred with the Order of Distinction in the rank of commander (CD), also drew enthusiastic applause, as did George 'Ras Michael' Henry for outstanding contribution to Jamaican music. more

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