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GraceKennedy Receives U.S. Congressional Proclamation

Wehby, GraceKennedy honoured for Excellence in Global Business Leadership at AFUWI Gala

[Kingston, Jamaica]GraceKennedy (GK) was well represented at the 25th Annual Legacy Awards Gala of the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) on Thursday night (April 21) in NYC, as the GK team came out to support GK Group CEO Don Wehby, one of eight awardees honoured at the event.

Wehby received the AFUWI Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Global Business Leadership at the glitzy affair held at the 583 Park Avenue banquet hall in Manhattan. The GK Group was also honoured at the Gala, receiving the Corporate Award for Global Business Leadership, and most notably a Congressional Proclamation from the US House of Representatives in recognition of its 100th anniversary.

American Foundation of the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) Annual Legacy Awards Gala
L-R: Chairman of GraceKennedy Limited, Professor Gordon Shirley, GK Group CEO, Don Wehby, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Sir Hilary Beckles at the 2022 American Foundation of the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) Annual Legacy Awards Gala

Proclamation

The Proclamation, which was bestowed by US Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke reads “…On this special occasion, I would like to congratulate [GraceKennedy Limited] for their 100 year anniversary. One hundred years of growth has made GraceKennedy (GK) one of the largest and most dynamic corporate entities in Jamaica and the Caribbean […] On behalf of the United States House of Representatives, I salute GraceKennedy for the positive contributions that make our nation great and bestow upon them the highest honor as a member of the 118th session of Congress.”

Congressional proclamations recognize distinct public and personal achievements, and are bestowed by Members of the Congress of the United States, becoming a part of the official Congressional record.

Gratitude

Following the presentation of the Proclamation at the Gala, Mr Wehby expressed how honoured he was to be leading GK at such a pivotal moment in the Company’s history. In his remarks during the event, Wehby also lauded the University of the West Indies (UWI) explaining, “I am a proud graduate of the University of the West Indies, and I can also proudly say that every GK Executive here with me tonight is also a graduate of UWI.”

Wehby was accompanied to the Gala by GK Chairman and former Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of UWI, Professor Gordon Shirley, other GK Directors, and members of the GK Executive Committee and Senior Management team.  AFUWI Awards are conferred at the annual gala on notable individuals and companies which represent high levels of achievement within their respective fields of industry, enterprise and service in their communities. The gala also raises funds for UWI projects, scholarships, and academic programmes.

AFUWI Awardees

This year’s other AFUWI awardees were the Hon. Gaston A. Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda; Dr. The Hon. Timothy J. Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis; Wayne Berson, CPA, Chief Executive Officer, BDO USA; Dawnn Lewis, Grammy Award-Winning Songwriter, Producer and Actress; His Excellency Ralph S. Thomas, Jamaica’s Former Ambassador to the US; and Graham Robinson, SVP & President, STANLEY Industrial.

AFUWI Scholarship Recipients

Recent AFUWI scholarship recipients, Vernique Miller, Moonmattie Devi Seitaram, and Hoshane Langley also addressed the audience at the gala. Best of all, describing how the financial support they received from AFUWI had positively changed the trajectory of their lives.

Wehby explained that GK has supported UWI through offering scholarships over many years. In addition, most recently through its GK Campus Connect Food Bank, which is managed by the GK Foundation and feeds 200 UWI students on an on-going basis.

GK Group CEO Don Wehby addresses the audience at the 25th Annual Legacy Awards Gala of the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI)
GK Group CEO Don Wehby addresses the audience at the 25th Annual Legacy Awards Gala of the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI)

“I am proud that as the leader of GraceKennedy I have the opportunity and benefit of giving young people the chance in life to be better. That is what I want my legacy to be. Can you imagine that the brightest minds in the Caribbean cannot get a proper meal? How can you learn without proper nutrition? […] And so, I am asking my friends from the private sector, please support the University of the West Indies, it is so important [for us] to have a better Caribbean and a better Jamaica,” said Wehby.

GraceKennedy Team
The GK team was well represented at the 25th Annual Legacy Awards Gala of the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) on April 21 in NYC. Pictured (L-R) are Director of GK Foods (USA) LLC, David Garrett; Head of Corporate Communications, Suzanne Nam; Corporate Secretary & Registrar, Sydoney Johnson; General Counsel & Chief Corporate Secretary, Gail Moss-Solomon; CEO, GK Foods – International, Andrea Coy; Chairman, Prof. Gordon Shirley; Group CEO, Don Wehby; Group CFO, Andrew Messado; Director of GK Foods (USA) LLC, Marlon Hill; CEO, GK Financial Group, Grace Burnett; Chief HR Officer, Naomi Holness; Business Development Manager, Sujae Boswell; Executive Assistant, Camile Mundell-Barrett; and President & CEO of GK Foods (USA) LLC, Derrick Reckord.

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