Sandals Resorts International's (SRI) Gordon "Butch" Stewart has been making a positive impact across the Caribbean for over 40 years. Serving as a dynamic force in shaping the lives and the future of the Caribbean, Stewart’s passion for service and helping those less fortunate was also instilled in all his children, inspiring one of his sons, Adam Stewart – Deputy Chairman for Sandals Resorts International - to formalize their dedication to the Caribbean by creating the Sandals Foundation in 2009 – the philanthropic arm of SRI which funds programs and projects focused on Education, Community and the Environment.
Together, the Stewart family has paved the way for others to inspire greatness in people, preserve justice, and give back to the land and people they love.The Stewart family is excited to continuously celebrate good stewards who embody the same strong commitment to philanthropy that they exude every day through the creation of this annual award.
Recipients of The Stewart Family Philanthropic Award will exemplify:
- Dedication to improving the lives of others, carving out success and creating real change.
- Promotion of positive environmental and social transformation.
- Breaking out from the norm, thinking and doing different in order to serve his or her fellow Caribbean citizens.
- Transforming the power of a program idea into action, impacting entire communities.
- Providing opportunity to underrepresented, poor, and marginalized youth, playing an integral role in changing the lives of Caribbean children and families.
- Evidence of meaningful contributions to the nonprofit sector and significant achievements in his or her field, and/or the service sector.
- Ability to build and use organizational infrastructure to increase mission and community impact.
- A minimum of 10 years of experience serving others to create lasting change in the Caribbean and beyond.
2019 AWARD RECIPIENT
Heidi Clarke is the Executive Director of the Sandals Foundation, a nonprofit organization created in 2009 to continue and expand upon Sandals Resorts International’s philanthropic work across the Caribbean in three key areas: education, community, and the environment. Clarke and her team manage more than 100 Sandals Foundation projects and programs annually, as well as develop and maintain relationships with nonprofit organizations in the Caribbean community, corporate partners, and volunteers.. Now in its 10 year, the Foundation has impacted close to one million people across the Caribbean and the total dollar amount of projects and programs implemented is valued at more than US $58M.
Clarke currently resides in Jamaica with her family and, in addition to her work with the Sandals Foundation, is involved in a wide range of community activities. She provides weekly counseling and mentoring for at-risk youth and troubled teenage girls who have suffered domestic violence. Clarke volunteers her time regularly serving local-area schools to teach environmental lessons and promote the love of reading. She also supports other charitable groups such as the Jamaica Cancer Society, Missionaries of the Poor, Anglican Girls' Home, and Bucco Reef Trust.