BARBADOS HAS TWO NEW KNIGHTS
Sir Assad Haloute, Sir Elliott Mottley awarded titles in Queen’s New Year’s honours
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.
“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.
SIR ELLIOTT MOTTLEY
SIR ASSAD HALOUTE
JOAN WILLIAMS, OBE
JOHN WATTS, MBE
FRANCES CHANDLER, CBE
REV. HUGHSON CARLOS INNISS, MBE