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PAJ hails Clare Forrester

Press Association Jamaica Of Jamaica | 2014-09-16 00:00:00

The Press Association of Jamaica is paying tribute to the late Clare Forrester as an exemplary professional, a dedicated member of the Association, and a friend and mentor to many.

Apart from Clare’s long and distinguished career in journalism and communications, she served the Press Association of Jamaica in a variety of capacities, always selflessly giving of her time, energy and considerable skills. For more than a decade, she shouldered the responsibilities of being PAJ secretary, during which time she significantly promoted membership growth.

When she demitted the office of Secretary in 1977, she was made a life member of the PAJ, and was further honoured when she was inducted into the PAJ Hall of Fame on December 7, 2012.

“We are really saddened by Clare’s passing,” said PAJ President Dionne Jackson Miller. “She was one of those members that the Association has counted on over the years for unflagging dedication, and unwavering support. We want to extend our deepest condolences to her family as we share in their loss.”

Clare’s passion for advancing the profession found expression not only in Jamaica, but the wider Caribbean, and she was instrumental in the formation of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) of which she was a founding member and which she served as general secretary and consultant.

In 2002, the ACM recognized her dedication with a Distinguished Service Award for contribution to the development of Caribbean journalism.

Her work at the Jamaica Information Service, the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute and the Pan American Health Organisation, stood out for its consistent excellence. Her lifelong interest in, and detailed knowledge of sports were also evident in her writing, while her column in the Jamaica Observer on media matters provided insightful analysis of an area of the Jamaican landscape  too often left unstudied. 

Former PAJ President Desmond Richards who worked closely with Clare also expressed his personal condolences to her family. “The profession has lost a veteran, a personality who will be irreplaceable. The profession is the poorer for her passing,” he said.  

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