B.I.G Awards Honoree, Phyllis Yvonne Wilson

Phyllis Yvonne Wilson


            Phyllis Wilson began her working career at Barclay’s Bank in Jamaica in 1965.  After migrating to the United States, she worked for the Jamaica Mission to the United Nations.  She began her 29-year career with Air Jamaica (N.Y.) in 1975 as a Sales Secretary and held various positions within the company before assuming the post as Manager for Community Development.

            As Air Jamaica spread its wings, the responsibilities for Community Development became increasingly expansive.  Phyllis Wilson was instrumental in developing the Pulpit Exchange Program which encouraged a cross-fertilization of congregations in the New York metropolitan area and the Caribbean.  She fostered relationships and extended Air Jamaica’s goodwill to community and business organizations throughout the North-Eastern Region of the United States.

            Mrs. Wilson’s community outreach included New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Boston, Chicago, Pennsylvania and Maryland.  As the Manager for Community Development, she was successful in heightening Air Jamaica’s visibility in the Diaspora.

            Phyllis Wilson served on the Jamaica Independence Ball Planning Committee established by the Consul General of New York.  She is currently a member of The Friends of Eastern St. Thomas Inc., New York Chapter; the Airline Sales Manager’s Secretaries and Sales Assistants Association and The Research Committee of Jamaica.

In 2000 she received the Jamaican Consul General’s “Point of Light” Award.   She has been honoured by numerous community organizations including The Union of Jamaica Alumni Assoc., New York, Inc., Real Carib Soccer Club, Mico Past Students’ Assoc., Kingston College Old Boys’ Assoc., St. Andrew’s Old Girls’ Assoc., and Immaculate Conception Old Girls’ Assoc. She ended her career at Air Jamaica in 2004. She is married to Dr. Basil Wilson, former Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City.  They are the parents of three children and grandparents of six. 


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