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Maas Roy receiving an award for community service from the Jamaican Prime Minister.
Photo: courtesy of the Prime Minister’s Office. — Jamaican Observer

The Medal of Appreciation


The Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation was introduced in 1983 by proclamation of the governor-General of Jamaica on the occasion of Jamaica’s 21st Anniversary of Independence. The concept of the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Jamaica was conceived and introduced by the Most Honourable Edward Seaga, former Prime Minister for conferment every (5) years.

It was subsequently considered desirable and fitting that the state should continue to give due recognition to the contribution made by persons individually or as a group to the development of the economic, social or political fabric of our nation. The Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Jamaica was therefore established by proclamation 3 issued by The Governor-General in August 1987.

The medal may be awarded from time to time, not exceeding twenty-five awards in any calendar year, except that during the Twenty-fifth Anniversary celebrations of Jamaica’s Independence and on the occasion of a similar celebration every five years thereafter, the number of medals awarded shall not exceed five hundred.

The medal may be awarded to any person or group of persons (corporate and incorporate), who in the opinion of the Prime Minister has made a significant contribution to the economic, social, cultural or political development of Jamaica, or to Jamaicans residing abroad.

The Medal is circular in shape, plated in 24kt gold, suspended from a neck ribbon bearing:

(a) On the obverse the National Flag of Jamaica flying from flagstaff and surrounded by the wording “The National Flag of Jamaica” and below the Flag a depiction of the national emblem of a pineapple.

(b) On the reverse the Prime Minister’s Standard flying from a flagstaff and surrounded by the wording ‘Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation’, together with the date of the appropriate period of the award, and below the Standard, in reduced size, the wording ‘Prime Minister’s Standard’.

The ribbon, depicting the colours of the National Flag of Jamaica, is approximately 3cm in width and consists of a central black stripe approximately 1.3cm in width with supporting stripes of gold and dark green on both sides, each colour being approximately 5mm in width.

Having coffee with old friends and talking about the old days always has a positive effect on Maas Roy. Also, he is still able to find pleasure in the simpler things of life, like a leaf pattern on his coffee and asked us to take that photo! The waitress was pleasantly surprised by his reaction

Maas Roy and Yvonne with Irene Sinclair wishing her a happy 111th birthday. Yvonne interviewed her for a programme called ‘5 Minute English’ when she was a mere of 102. Now this is what we call Black History amongst really old friends! – 23 September 2019.

22 June 2019 – Maas Roy spending Windrush Day with the artist Everton Wright at a special dinner to honour elders in Birmingham where he was asked to address the guests.

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The Team Photo by Small Fry Stills

9 October 2010 – Yvonne interviews Irene Sinclair for the Black Cultural Archives in the UK.
Irene was born in 1908 in what was then, British Guyana

Photo by Glen Hibbert

A book reading at Mahoe Cafe & Bar, St Pauls, London

Photo by Colin Babb

Photo by Small Fry Stills

A surprise visitor from Brussells, Maas Roy’s neice Venice, attends the Waterstones Book Launch, October 2009

Photo by Small Fry Stills

Meg Phillip, novelist; Kwame McPherson (L), novelist and poet; Dave Neita (R), lawyer, poet,
public speaker and chair of the event

Photo by Small Fry Stills

Yvonne with Dave Neita, friend, barrister and poet and Colin Grant,
author of “Negro With a Hat”, much admired by Maas Roy.
Colin shared the event at Waterstones, Islington Green in October 2009

Aunt Ruby, a 2nd mum to Yvonne, is surprised to find Maas Roy in London!

Photo by Small Fry Stills

Some of Maas Roy’s anecdotes are pure comedy!

Photo by Small Fry Stills