We have lost an exceptional and erudite Jamaican woman who was a cultural stalwart and extraordinary educator. As one of the vanguard of Jamaica’s social development, Dr. Gordon served her country with distinction at home and abroad in all areas of public life with utmost professionalism and courage. As a former Executive Director of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), the Board of Commissioners, Management and Staff of the Commission pay homage to the life and works of a celebrated and outstanding leader. She was a no-nonsense, strong and results- oriented leader who worked assiduously to build the corporate image and institutional development of the Commission.
Dr. Gordon began her stint at the Commission as Executive Director in 1984 and contributed significantly to the development of the organization. With commitment and zeal, she was passionate about the streamlining and strategic direction of the performing arts and the cultural landscape of Jamaica. Prior to coming to the JCDC, she was an outstanding JCDC volunteer for many years in the performing arts programme in the Kingston and St. Andrew Cultural Committee. She was a leading and admirable volunteer.
According to Hugh Nash, CD former Chairman with whom she served, “she made significant contribution in institutional development of the agency and especially so in sustaining the voluntary arm of the movement.” He further added that: “she served the cultural movement in a voluntary capacity for many years before assuming the role of Executive Director which was exceptional.”
JCDC Board Chairman, Aston Cooke remembers her as “an exceptional brilliant individual who utilized exceptional leadership skills and expertise to harness good for the Commission which we now enjoy today. She will not be forgotten.”
Current Executive Director, Delroy Gordon, JP recalls that: “Dr. Gordon executed her duties in a meticulous manner and with class.” He further added that: “she played an instrumental role in the strengthening of the Festival of the Arts Programme and in the planning and implementation of all national celebrations.”
Dr. Gordon immense cultural contributions to the Commission and by extension Jamaica earned her a number of awards and recognition. These included the Prime Minister’s Certificate in 1986; Marcus Garvey Centennial Wares – Universal Negro Improvement Association 1987 and Honorary Member of the Jamaica Federation of Musicians in 1988.
Her sojourn with the Commission ended in 1989 but her love for the arts and its dynamic role in building Jamaica’s identity continued and bloomed benefits for Jamaica.