BAR­BA­DOS HAS TWO NEW KNIGHTS

Sir As­sad Haloute, Sir El­liott Mot­t­ley awarded ti­tles in Queen’s New Year’s hon­ours

UK Barbados Nation - - FRONT PAGE - By Barry Al­leyne bar­ryal­[email protected]­tion­news.com @Bar­ry_­na­tionbb

BUSI­NESS­MAN As­sad John Haloute and prom­i­nent at­tor­ney-at-law El­liott Mot­t­ley have been be­stowed with knight­hoods.

Sir As­sad, who in 1972 founded Che­fette Restau­rants, was awarded the Knight Bach­e­lor (KB) ti­tle in the 2019 Queen’s New Year’s hon­ours; while Mot­t­ley, a crim­i­nal at­tor­ney, and the fa­ther of Prime Min­is­ter

Mia Amor Mot­t­ley, was awarded Knight Com­man­der of the Or­der of St Michael and St Ge­orge (KCMG).

Sir As­sad, the com­pany’s ex­ec­u­tive chair­man, opened the first Che­fette on De­cem­ber 13, 46 years ago on the cor­ner of Cheap­side and Red­man Drive. The fast-food chain’s prod­ucts are pop­u­lar and their colour­ful branches a norm on the is­land’s land­scape.

He was knighted for his con­tri­bu­tion to the restau­rant busi­ness sec­tor and phi­lan­thropy.

“To re­ceive this tremen­dous hon­our is a very life-hum­bling mo­ment,” the founder told the Bar­ba­dos Na­tion.

“There are count­less per­sons I would like to thank, who have guided me on my life jour­ney, from God, my par­ents, kids, fel­low share­hold­ers, friends, but most im­por­tantly, our staff at Che­fette who are the real he­roes who go to work daily to keep the Che­fette brand name high and top of mind. I ded­i­cate this pres­ti­gious award to all these per­sons,” the restau­rant owner added.

Sir As­sad re­called his early teenage years when he went to work for $2.50 a week to help to pay school fees.

So­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity

“I used to go to school in sneak­ers with card­board in the bot­tom. I know poverty from my early child­hood years. I live to give to oth­ers in need. What God has given you, you should give in re­turn.”

He said the com­pany would con­tinue to fo­cus heav­ily on its cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity pro­gramme to as­sist in pro­vid­ing a bet­ter life for those in need.

Sir El­liott, who served as At­tor­ney Gen­eral in Ber­muda, Pres­i­dent of the Court of Ap­peal in Belize as well as a mem­ber of the Court of Ap­peal in Cay­man Is­lands and Turks and Caicos, where he still serves, was recog­nised for his con­tri­bu­tion to the le­gal pro­fes­sion, diplo­matic ser­vice and the com­mu­nity.

“As a proud Bar­ba­dian, it is with great hu­mil­ity and grat­i­tude that I ac­cept this hon­our,” said Sir El­liott, who has been a mem­ber of the Bar since 1961 and a Queen’s Coun­sel f or 37 years.

“I wish to thank God, who has guided me through­out my ca­reer, and pay spe­cial trib­ute to my wife of 54 years, Amor, for her love, pa­tience, sup­port and un­der­stand­ing. My only re­gret is that my par­ents are not alive to share this hon­our with me.”

Sir El­liott also thanked his chil­dren Mia, War­ren, Elan and Ste­wart for their sup­port.

Also on the Queen’s hon­ours list yes­ter­day were agron­o­mist Dr Frances Chan­dler, re­tired nurs­ing prac­ti­tioner Joan Williams, Rev­erend Hugh­son Inniss, and John Watts.

For Chan­dler, who was recog­nised for her con­tri­bu­tion to agri­cul­ture and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, the Com­man­der of the Or­der of the Bri­tish Em­pire hon­our was a be­lated birth­day gift, as she turned 72 last month.

“I truly ap­pre­ci­ate the recog­ni­tion. I’ve al­ways tried to sup­port agri­cul­ture,” she said.

Chan­dler, a for­mer In­de­pen­dent sen­a­tor, was over the moon the recog­ni­tion had come from the

Queen of Eng­land.

“I’m an un­apolo­getic roy­al­ist, so it gives me even greater plea­sure that it comes from the Queen,” she added.

Chan­dler, an agron­o­mist since 1969, spent ten years in the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture be­fore join­ing CARDI, and even­tu­ally open­ing her own busi­ness. It’s the sec­ond time she has been hon­oured, as she was awarded an Or­der of the Bri­tish Em­pire (OBE) by the pre­vi­ous Gov­ern­ment in 2012.

Gave up spe­cialty

Williams, who spent more than four decades ded­i­cated to nurs­ing, left the Alexan­dra School as a 17-year-old and trav­elled to Eng­land a few months later, where she be­came a reg­is­tered nurse, be­fore re­turn­ing to Bar­ba­dos.

“I’m proud, hum­bled and thank­ful to re­ceive this,” she said last night. “When I first heard the news I didn’t be­lieve it. I was think­ing at first they had the wrong per­son,” she said with a laugh.

Upon her re­turn home, Williams gave up a spe­cialty in pae­di­atrics to work at the new St Joseph Hospi­tal, be­fore giv­ing yeo­man ser­vice to the Caribbean Nurs­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, the Bureau of Women’s Af­fairs and the Bar­ba­dos Gen­eral Hospi­tal.

“I have a lot of peo­ple to thank for get­ting this far. I would like to thank my par­ents, my sib­lings, and my neigh­bours when I lived in Lower Es­tate,” she said.

Rev­erend Inniss’ elevation to be a Mem­ber of the Or­der of the Bri­tish Em­pire (MBE) was for his con­tri­bu­tion to youth em­pow­er­ment and the fight against the HIV/AIDS epi­demic, while John Watts was be­stowed with the same ti­tle for his work in en­vi­ron­men­tal health.

Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the

Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice, Alies Jor­dan, re­vealed that this year’s hon­ours were early as Buck­ing­ham Palace had amended the re­lease date of the list, bring­ing it up from the usual De­cem­ber 31 is­suance.

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SIR EL­LIOTT MOT­T­LEY

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SIR AS­SAD HALOUTE

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JOAN WILLIAMS, OBE

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JOHN WATTS, MBE

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FRANCES CHAN­DLER, CBE

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REV. HUGH­SON CAR­LOS INNISS, MBE

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