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A total of 128 Jamaicans, who have made outstanding contributions to nation building, were duly recognised at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony held on National Heroes’ Day, Monday (Oct. 20), at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston.
Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, and Opposition Leader, Portia Simpson Miller, headed the list of dignitaries and other guests, who attended the function, where Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Professor Sir Kenneth Hall, presented the honourees with their awards.
Heading the list of recipients, were Professor Abraham Anthony Chin, and Professor Edward Robinson, who were conferred with the country’s third highest honour, the Order of Merit (OM), for distinguished work in the field of Climatology, and the fields of Geology, Oceanography, and Environmental Science, respectively.
Meanwhile, six persons received the Order of Jamaica (OJ), the fourth highest national award, for outstanding contribution to Education, Health, Business and Philanthropy, Religion, the Public Service, and the Legal Profession. One of the recipients was former Director of Elections, and current Commissioner of Customs, Danville Walker, who was recognised for outstanding Public Service.
“I am humbled by it (the award) and I am really, really happy that my mother is still here to witness me getting this award. When you receive an award like this, it makes you want to work even harder, to be even more deserving of it,” Mr Walker said.
Other recipients of the Order of Jamaica include: Professor Barbara Evelyn Bailey, for distinguished contribution to Education and Gender Studies; Professor John Peter Figueroa, for outstanding service in the field of Epidemiology and in the development of the HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention Programme; Ronald Henriques, for service in the Legal Profession; the Very Reverend Father Richard Ho Lung, O.D., for outstanding service to Religion and the care of the Poor; and Michael Lee-Chin, for outstanding service in Business and Philanthropy.
Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, Q.C., headed the 17 persons who were conferred with the Order of Distinction in the Commander Class (CD). Others include: Mayor of Kingston, Senator Desmond McKenzie, for outstanding and dedicated service to Local Government; and President of the Mico University College, Dr. Claude Packer, for service to Education, and in particular, the teaching of Mathematics.
“I am delighted and pleased and humbled at the same time. I am happy that I am able to give service to people in my country. It is an inspiration to ensure that I continue to make a difference in the lives of our people, especially in the area of mathematics and science,” Dr. Packer said.
A total of 31 persons were conferred with the Order of Distinction in the Officer Class (OD). The Badge of Honour for Gallantry (BHG), was awarded to four individuals, one posthumously, for courageous efforts in saving or attempting to save the lives of others.
Twenty-five other Jamaicans received the Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service, for their contribution to Education, Public Service, Agriculture, the Indigent, Religion, Health, and Tourism. Fifteen persons received the Badge of Honour for Long and Faithful Service, with one being a posthumous award, to the late Natalie Grant, for her contribution to Education.
A total of 28 uniformed personnel were bestowed with the Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service: one officer from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF); nine from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF); four from the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF); four from the Department of Correctional Services (DCS); and 10 from the Jamaica Fire Brigade.