CaribWorldNews, LONDON, England, Mon. June 15, 2009: Most of the Caribbean nations may have long attained independence from Britain but several Caribbean nationals from five countries were among those making the 2009 birthday honors list of Queen Elizabeth, II this past weekend.
Most of the honorees were from the Bahamas and St. Lucia but others came from Belize, Grenada and Antigua.
The Order of St Michael and St George will be presented to Bahamians Anita Doreen Bernard, for service as a public officer; Frederick A Hazlewood, Jr., for service in business and to Bishop Elgarnet Rahming, for religious service.
The Order of the British Empire is set to be presented to Dr Robert O Antoni, also of the Bahamas, for health service to his country; George Cox, for service in civil and structural engineering; Lowell Mortimer, for public service and service to the church and to the community; Harcourt Lowell Turnquest, for service as a public officer; Basil Christe, for service to the community, education, religion and to the Special Olympics; Canon Fitz Goodridge, for religious service; John L Rolle, Sr., for service to business; Cecil Bernard Longley, for service to education; Sandra Moore, for service to the church and to the community; Edna Mae Russell, for service to education and Fred Solomon Ramsey, for service to politics and to the insurance industry.
The British Empire Medal honors Maria Forbes, for service to education; Wendell Carver Grant, Sr., for service to civics and to religion; Doddridge MacLagan Hunt, for public service and service the Church and to the community; Sheila McDonald, for public service and service to the community; Oswald Cory Munnings, for service to the financial industry and to the Church; The Reverend Wilbur St Outten, for service to religion and to the community; Arthur M Sherman, (Jr), for civic service and to religion and Dennis Lloyd Turnquest, for service to politics, sport, business, insurance management and to the community. The Queen’s Police Medal will be presented to Shannondor Harold Evans, assistant commissioner of the Royal Bahamas Police Force as well as Sylvester Augustus George, former superintendent, Royal Bahamas Police Force for his service as musician, arranger, conductor and administrator, R Bahamas Police Band.
Honored from Antigua and Barbuda, was Rosemarie V. McMaster with the Order of the British Empire for public service while from Belize, the Order of the British Empire will be presented to Ignacio Federico Vega, for public and community service; to M Salvador Habet, (Sr), JP and Simon Quan, JP, for service to business and to the community and to Lindsay Wade, (Jr.), for public service.
In Grenada, the Order of the British Empire was approved for George Anthony Richard Menezes, for service to business while the British Empire Medal will be presented to Dexter F Leggard, for service to youth and to culture and to Anthony Welsh, for service to the state.
In St. Lucia, the Order of St Michael and St George was approved for Edwin Pontien Joseph Laurent, OBE, for service in international relations and diplomacy while the Order of the British Empire will be presented to Cosmos Damian Richardson, for service to the nation and to the public sector; Eldridge Stephens, for service to the community and small business development; Monsignor Justin Albert Dowling Barthelmy, for service to the Catholic Church in St Lucia; Jeff Eyre Titus Elva, for service to music and to the disabled community; Joan Alexander Stowe, for service to the tourism industry and Horace Denis Walters, for service to the fisheries sector.
The British Empire Medal was approved for St. Lucian Martha Francis-Biscette, for service to the Girl Guide movement; Verena Marcelle Felicien, for service to sport in the field of women’s cricket; David Hutchinson, for service to tourism and to the transportation sector; Benedicte Martha Nelson, for service to the Scout movement and Gilbert John Popo, for service to agriculture.
The Queen’s Honors List is published twice a year (on New Year’s Day and the Queen’s official birthday in June) to acknowledge those who have made their mark on society. Most honorees are nominated by a government minister, an organization or an individual.