Jamaica’s Guntley honoured by Ryerson

Dr. Carrole A.M. Guntley, director general of Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism & Entertainment, became the first International Alumni Awardee of Ryerson University in Toronto yesterday (Feb. 13), as the prestigious university recognizes the 2013 Alumni Achievement Awardees. Jamaica’s own Guntley was recognized for excellence achieved in her career, while making an outstanding contribution to her profession, community and her country. The award also recognizes Alumni who portray the strength of Ryerson’s programs that depict theory and professional practice as partners in the education process. Guntley completed a two tier study program at Ryerson, having successfully completed the professional diploma in Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Administration in 1975 and then continued on to complete the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Hotel & Tourism Management in 1976. She has since had an illustrious career in tourism as reflected in an impressive collection of national and regional awards, the most recent being the Bureau of Women’s Affairs Jamaica 50 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism in 2012. The two awards that are of particular significance to her, however, are Jamaica’s national honour, the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD) in 2003 and the Prime Minister’s Award for invaluable contribution to Jamaica’s Tourism in 1995.