The Association of Caribbean Media Workers has added its voice to those expressing sadness over the death of veteran Grenadian journalist Odette Campbell.
Campbell died in New York last night after a prolonged illness, according to sources.
A statement from ACM said Campbell, served the media in Grenada and the wider Caribbean over the decades and contributed immensely to the integration movement through her lifelong passion, journalism.
“The Caribbean has lost a great woman who has left an indelible mark on the region she loved and served so very well. Though Odette rose to the position of General Manager of the Grenada Broadcasting Network, she never abandoned her media roots as a journalist and continued to produce content with both local and regional appeal”
“Odette, the lady at the other end of the line with that infectious smile that pierced our various forms of communication, is no more. But her works live on not only in our memories but certainly in her works”
The ACM also described her as a true “integrationist through information. Our sincerest condolences to her fellow journalists in Grenada and the Caribbean as well as her family, relatives, friends and associates”
Meanwhile the Government Information Service of Grenada (GIS) paid tribute to Campbell, saying that she mentored and trained several of its staff during her more than 30-year career, which included her time as a lecturer at the T.A Marryshow Community College as part of their Associate’s Degree Programme in Media Studies.
“Mrs Campbell’s contribution to the growth and development of the media landscape will forever be her legacy. To all of those who loved her; family, friends and colleagues, we pray for comfort during your time of grief. May her soul rest in peace,” GIS said.
Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell also had a lot to say about her work, saying that her contribution will never be forgotten.
“Her impact on Grenada’s media industry will long be remembered, touching the lives of journalists and viewers for over 30 years in the industry. As a former lecturer at the T. A. Marryshow Community College, where she taught the Media Management and other courses in the Associate Degree in Media Studies programme, Mrs. Campbell used her knowledge and experience to train and upgrade younger colleagues in the field.”
“Her efforts sought to ensure that all media practitioners were trained and certified, a step she saw as the main foundation in raising the bar of the local media fraternity,” he added.