CENTENARIAN AMONG THREE KNIGHTED
A DISTINGUISHED EARLY CHILDHOOD educator, a retired business executive and a former chairman of the Electoral and Boundaries Commission have all been conferred with this island’s top honours.
Retired educator Avisene Carrington has been made a Dame of St Andrew – the first centenarian to be conferred the island’s highest award since the National Honours began in 1980 – in the Independence Honours List.
The new dame was in the spotlight when she celebrated her 100th birthday in September.
Kenneth Hewitt, a former leading chartered accountant, who acted as Governor General from August 28 to September 16, has been knighted for his contribution to the development of the international business sector.
Attorney at law Philip Serrao has been recognised for his contribution to modernising the Barbados electoral system and its administrative process.
Former Barbados Labour Party Cabinet member Delisle Bradshaw; philanthropist Chesterfield Brewster, co-founder of the Maria Holder Trust; and retired career diplomat Dr Peter Laurie have been bestowed with the Companion Of Honour, the second highest award.
In this category, two honorary awards have been granted – to Susan Magnier, chairman of the Barbados Children’s Trust, and Derrick Smith, co-founder, grand patron and trustee of the Sandy Lane
Charity Trust in 2004.
They have both been recognised for their outstanding philanthropic contributions to this country – Magnier’s in child welfare and Smith for special needs education.
Four have received the Gold Crown Of Merit. They are retired civil aviation executive Mitchinson Beckles; outstanding New York-based journalist Richard “Tony” Best; medical practitioner Haresh Thani and accountant Charles Tibbits.
Former president of the Senate, Kerryann Ifill, an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities, has been given a Silver Crown Of Merit for her contribution to civil society.
Three other recipients were: businesswoman Ardyce Bolden, for her commitment to indigenous enterprise in training and cosmetology; William Hinds, for innovation in alternative energy; and Robert Peirce, for his humanitarian work, especially with underprivileged youth, and also his contribution
to the horse racing industry.
Five people were granted the Barbados Service Star for meritorious work and a similar number the Barbados Service Medal.
The lone recipient of the Barbados Bravery Medal was Bradley Lever Broomes, who saved the lives of a husband and wife who experienced difficulty while swimming at the beach by Cobblers Cove Hotel in St Peter.
KNIGHT/DAME for achievement extraordinary in OF service and ST outstanding ANDREW of Barbados and to humanity at large. KNIGHT OF ST ANDREW KENNETH CBE, BJH, B.com., RUDOLPH CA HEWITT for development his outstanding of the contribution international to business the services Philip Evan sector. Serrao, BCH, QC, JP for modernising his outstanding the Barbados contribution electoral to system and its administrative processes. DAME OF ST ANDREW AVISENE CAESARETTA CARRINGTON, SCM for her pioneering role in early childhood education, as well as her outstanding contribution to primary education in Barbados. COMPANION OF HONOUR for distinguished national achievement and merit. DELISLE OTHNEIL BRADSHAW, JP for his outstanding contribution to political affairs and education. Chesterfield Nathaniel Brewster for his outstanding philanthropic contribution, especially to the development of sports. Dr Peter Douglas Laurie, GCM for his outstanding contribution to diplomacy and the foreign service. HONORARY AWARDS (COMPANION OF HONOUR) SUSAN MAGNIER for her outstanding philanthropic contribution especially in the area of child welfare. DERRICK ALEXANDER SMITH for his outstanding philanthropic contribution, especially in the area of special needs education. GOLD CROWN OF MERIT for highly meritorious service or achievement in science, the arts, literature, sports, civic duties or any other endeavour worthy of national recognition. MITCHINSON HENDERSON BECKLES for his contribution to the development of civil Aaviation in Barbados. Richard Anthony “Tony” Best for his meritorious service in journalism. Haresh Nathurmal Thani, MBBS, FRCS in recognition of his contribution to emergency medicine. Robert Charles David Tibbits, BSC. (Hons.), FCA, JP in recognition of his contribution to the accounting and financial sectors. SILVER CROWN OF MERIT for meritorious service or achievement in science, the arts, literature, sports, civic duties or any other endeavour worthy of national recognition. ARDYCE KATHELINA BOLDEN for her contribution to indigenous enterprise in training and cosmetology. WILLIAM LINDSAY ALEXANDER HINDS for his contribution to innovation in the area of alternate energy. KERRYANN FENELLE IFILL for her advocacy for the rights of the persons with disabilities and contribution to civil society. ROBERT MALCOLM PEIRCE for his humanitarian work, especially with under-privileged youth and his contribution to the horse racing industry. BARBADOS SERVICE STAR for meritorious work in the civil, fire, military, police, prison or other protective services or any other similar field of endeavour. VICTOR ALFRED CHEESEMAN for his contribution to the horse racing industry as a champion trainer. MITCHELL ANDERSON CLARKE for his contribution to the health services, especially the nursing profession. WILMA ERNESTA CLARKE for her contribution to education. BERNADETTE ALEXANDRINE HARRIS for her contribution to the nursing profession. HEATHER ROSETTE WILLIAMS for her contribution to education. BARBADOS SERVICE MEDAL for meritorious work in the civil, fire, military, police, prison or other protective services or any other similar field of endeavour. VICTOR SYLVESTER AYMES for his contribution to community development and youth affairs. BERYL BRIDGEMAN for her contribution to community development and elder affairs. REV. DR MARGARET EVERSLEY for her contribution to the teaching profession and her dedicated service to the Church of the Nazarene. LORENZO RONALDO HAREWOOD for his contribution to community development and environmental matters. ANDERSON KINCH for his contribution to the fishing Industry. BARBADOS BRAVERY MEDAL for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances. BRADLEY LEVER BROOMES for saving the lives of a husband and wife who experienced difficulty while swimming at the beach by Cobblers Cove Hotel.
DAME AVISENE CARINGTON(also inset) taking a look at the scroll presented to her as Dame of St Andrew by Governor-general Dame Sandra Mason.
KNIGHT OF ST ANDREWSir Kenneth Hewitt (also inset) being dubbed at Kensington Oval by Governor-general Dame Sandra Mason.
PHILIP EVAN SERRAO, BCH, QC, JP (also inset) was knighted for his outstanding contribution to modernising the Barbados electoral system and its administrative processes.
GOVERNOR-GENERAL DAME SANDRA MASON (left) making the presentation to retired educator Wilma Clarke, who was awarded the Barbados Silver Star.A BARBADOS SERVICE MEDAL was awarded to Rev. Dr Margaret Eversley (left) for her contribution to the teaching profession and dedicated service to the Church of the Nazarene.
GOLD CROWN OF MERIT was received by Richard Anthony “Tony” Best for his meritorious service in journalism.
BERYL BRIDGEMAN, was the recipient of the Barbados Service Star for her contribution to community development and elder affairs.
BRADLEY BROOMES, recipient of the Barbados Bravery Medal, proudly holding the scroll presented to him by GovernorGeneral Dame Sandra Mason.
SUSAN MAGNIER (third right) was awarded the Companion of Honour for her outstanding philanthropic contribution, takes a look at the scroll representing the award after it was presented by the Governor General.