Cheryl Packwood, Gita Blakeney Saltus, and Dr Duranda Greene. *File photos
Cheryl Packwood, Gita Blakeney Saltus, and Dr Duranda Greene. *File photos

Dr Duranda Greene, Cheryl Packwood and Gita Blakeney Saltus are being honoured in New York next weekend.

Each of the trio will take home a Women of Great Esteem Award at the New York Ritz Carlton on May 4.

Besides the women from Bermuda, the red carpet affair will also honour ladies from Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Jamaica and the United States.

Women of Great Esteem founder Bishop Sylveta Hamilton-Gonzales said this year’s honourees represent women who have developed and advanced their communities without regard for race, ethnicity, religiosity, gender, age or national origin in the areas of education, finance, business and health care. 

Dr. Greene, who is president of Bermuda college, is being recognized for education; Ms Packwood, who is the former CEO for Business Bermuda, for business and Ms Blakeney Saltus for business and entertainment.

Bishop Hamilton-Gonzalez said: “The Emerald Award is a vehicle used for the empowerment of women, honouring them for their relentless efforts to nurture and serve their communities.” 

Ms Packwood told the Bermuda Sun she was nominated by former Premier Paula Cox. Ms Packwood said she is happy and excited to have been included in such an illustrious group of women.

“It’s nice to be recognized. When you travel the globe, everybody thinks it’s all this glamour when it’s just gruelling travel — there’s just no way to get around it. 

“Yes, it’s fun to travel but it’s one more dinner, it’s one more reception, it’s one more speech and it’s one more panel — it’s a lot of work and you get tired.

“You give up a part of your life for doing that and most people don’t understand that.”