One of the Caribbean’s most legendary entrepreneurs has been inducted into the Caribbean media hall of fame. Scholarships awarded in his honour.
The Caribbean broadcasting union announced this week that the late chairman of the Jamaica Observer newspaper Gordon Butch Stewart is the latest CBU inductee, and joins prior inductees such as Ken Gordon Rose Willock and the late West Indies cricket commentator, Tony Cosier.
Stewart, founder of the world acclaimed Sandals Resorts, was also recognised for his contributions to the boards of other media organizations including Trinidad Express and the Caribbean Communications Network.
Meanwhile Sandals Resorts International honored three team members with the inaugural Gordon Butcher Tourism Hospitality and Service Scholarship The scholarship helps fund their pursuit of tourism or hospitality studies. The award recipients were engineering coordinator at Sandals Resorts International Adrianne Osborne, director of guest services at Sandals Barbados Barbara Thomas, and wedding documentation specialist at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort Michelle Samura McBean; they were also the first recipients of the scholarships.
Speaking at the awards presentation, Adam Stewart, executive chairman of Sandals Resorts International Gordenberg Stewart, said that the late Stewart “was the most remarkable entrepreneur to ever have come out of the Caribbean. He was an individual that saw something bigger every day. This scholarship is a reflection of the man he was, his belief in education and its power to enable individuals from the Caribbean or anywhere around the world to achieve their goals and their dreams.
“I want to congratulate, on behalf of my family, our first three recipients, three incredible team members that have walked with us over the years from Sandals Resorts International, and three individuals that we couldn’t be more proud of today. It is an incredibly proud moment for our family as we enshrine Butch legacy as an individual who believed in training and education and the possibilities and everything that we could become right here in the Caribbean.”
The combined value of the scholarships is U.S $41,000.