North coast hotelier, Mr. Joe Issa, of the SuperClubs group of resorts, is the recipient of the first annual L.B. Creary Memorial Quality of Life Award for exemplary humanitarian and philanthropically public service, in the parish of St. Mary.
The award is given to the person, who, in the judgment of the awards committee, does the most during the past year, to uplift the standard of living for the less privileged in St. Mary, particularly through the Kiwanis Club of that parish.
The award was presented recently to Mr. Issa, jointly by Mrs .Norma Creary, widow of Mr. Luneville B. Creary, after whom it is named; and Mr. and Mrs. Creary’s son, Mr. Richard Creary, secretary of the St. Mary Kiwanis Club.
Introducing Mr. Issa at the awards ceremony, another of the Creary’s sons, First Life Insurance executive, Mr. Don Creary, praised Mr. Issa for his “unselfish, caring and extraordinary interest in helping the less fortunate of the parish.” Mr. Creary added: “Mr. Joe Issa richly deserves this honour, award and distinction today!”
Mr. Issa was humble in his acceptance speech. He said, in part: “Assistance in this endeavour is necessary. The less privileged among us must always be at the forefront of front of our thoughts. I am thankful and grateful I am in a position to be assistance, in this manner.”
Mr. Issa went on to encourage others in a similar position as his, to help the less fortunate. He congratulated the St. Mary Kiwanis Club for what he described as its “sterling example of humanitarian assistance to the community,” and pledged his continued personal assistance to the club.
Mr. L.B. Creary was a civil servant, returning officer and philanthropist. He died four years ago.
Mr. Issa, 27, was, until recently, the general manager for SuperClubs’ Couples Hotel, St. Mary. He took up the position of general manager of SuperClubs’ newest resort, the Sans Souci Hotel and Spa – renamed the – on November 1.
Mr. Don Creary was named St. Mary Kiwanian of the Year, 1992/93, at the awards function.
Photo caption: SUPERCLUBS HOSTS TRAVEL AGENTS: The SuperClubs group of resorts has been hosting travel agent from the United States, for cocktails and dinner. SuperClubs’ pioneer property, Couples, St. Mary, was the venue when SuperClubs played host to some 150 agents. The evening featured the Fabulous Five Band and was considered a “huge success”. The event, according to Couples then general manager, Joe Issa, was considered important not only to SuperClubs’ image but also Jamaica’s well-being in the international tourism market place. Mr. Issa (right) is pictured here with Felix Christiani at the reception.