KAY MORRIS to Receive IWAA Woman of Distinction
This Award honors women who have demonstrated excellence, leadership, and integrity in their fields and in the community.
Kay Morris will receive this award in Toronto, Canada on March 16, 2013. The award is presented by the International Women Achievers’ Awards, a Canadian based organization. To learn more please visit IWAA.
Kay Morris is a Jamaican woman who has been influenced by religious faith and music since her early childhood. She began her singing career at the tender age of four. Kay has since worked tirelessly to explore and celebrate her musical and spiritual roots.
Kay has used music and religion to create a path of humanism and also establish a diverse career as an ordained Christian minister and a successful gospel recording artiste and songwriter. She was inducted into the Reggae Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2010. She is also an accomplished fashion designer, and motivational speaker.
Kay’s electrifying stage performances captivate her audiences and display her versatility and creative approaches to musical styles in the secular and gospel arenas. Her music has allowed her to cross religious, cultural, and racial barriers around the world. She has been featured in several magazines and books; including the Stanford Who is Who, Television sit-coms, and interviews, and shared the stage with many music performers in various countries.
She the heads the Kay Morris Foundation (KMF) in Canada, Jamaica, and Ghana. In 2003, she went to perform in Ghana and was humbled by the plight of the people. She returned to Canada with a passion to make a difference in Africa. Since April 2004, the foundation has been conducting annual missions to support the Ghana AIDS Commission, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Liberian Refugee Camp, and Korle Bu Hospital – HIV Fever’s Unit.
The Foundation has donated medicines and medical supplies to over 42,000 refugees and people living with HIV/AIDS. The Foundation has also donated insecticide-treated malaria nets to communities and high schools in Africa, computers, soccer jerseys, educational materials, and over 3000 books from the Mississauga Central Library to elementary and high schools in Ghana. She is the recipient of the 2007 Nelson Mandela Humanitarian Award and 2008 ACODEP Friends of Africa Award.
In January, 2012 Kay received a diplomatic appointment from the African Union 6th Region Canada as the Executive Director of Jamaica Diaspora. During 2012, Kay also received the Bishop Hendrickson ‘Legend of the Year Award’ in New York and the prestigious African International Achievers Award from the AFIA organization based in the U.K. for her humanitarian work in Africa.
In October 2012, Kay led a delegation from the Kay Morris Foundation Ghana at the World Bank IMF Civil Society Conference in Tokyo, Japan. While in Japan, she visited some of the Jamaican communities and was also invited by the Jamaican Ambassador to visit the Jamaican Embassy in Tokyo.
Kay’s mission has also taken her to her hometown in Western Jamaica. In Westmoreland, she attended the opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the Petersfield Primary and Infant School Library where she presented books and multimedia equipment. She made a similar presentation to the Albion Junior High School in Montego Bay. Kay is a past student of both institutions, she was presented with two awards by the students for her contributions to the schools.
The Foundation has partnered with the Knights Table organization in Brampton, Canada and served hot meals to over 250 homeless people in the Peel Region. In December 2012, for KMF Christmas drive, she donated food, clothing, toys, and toiletries to two women’s shelter in the Toronto area.
Editor’s Note: Space does not allow me to extol and report on the wonderful works that Kay Morris has been performing. One would have to read lengthy pages about her contributions to society. I commend and applaud Kay Morris for making positive changes in the lives of many. I do not know Kay Morris but I know of her Humanity.
Pictures from http://www.kaymorrisfoundation.com/