Honourees all

Dame Sandra Mason carries out first official duties as GG

Following her official appointment on Monday, Barbados’ new Governor General, Dame Sandra Mason, carried out her first official duties today as she presented the 2017 recipients of Independence Honours with their insignia.

Publisher Sir Anthony Bryan, former parliamentarian and land surveyor Sir Warwick Franklin and former West Indies cricketer Sir Charles Griffith, all received the Knight of St Andrew designation for their outstanding work in their respective fields of endeavour.

Barbados’ three newest knights (from left) Sir Anthony Bryan, Sir Warwick Franklin and Sir Charles Griffith, in the company of Governor General Dame Sandra Mason (centre) and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (second from left).

The second highest award, Companion of Honour of Barbados, went to Orlando Marville and Avril Gollop for their work in the civil service, while Harold Keith Melville received the honour for his work in the field of optometry.

Four Barbadians received the Gold Crown of Merit (GCM), including veteran trade unionist Joseph Goddard; Director of the Barbados National Youth Symphony Orchestra Joy Knight-Lynch; Minister of Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports Stephen Lashley and Sonja Welch for her contribution to the public service.

Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley receiving his insignia from Governor General Dame Sandra Mason.

Medical Director at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada (SickKids) Dr Victor Blanchette; John Hutson, another Barbadian medical professional based in Canada; independent Senator and businessman, John Watson, and musician John Roett, who composed the 50th anniversary of Independence theme song, were presented with the Silver Crown of Merit.

Barbados’ Honorary Consul in Germany Regine Sixt and Christopher Holder of the Maria Holder Memorial Trust received Honorary Silver Crown of Merit Awards. The Barbados Service Star went to Permanent Secretary Ruth Blackman, who along with Lashley were honoured for their leadership in the island’s staging of CARIFESTA X111 last August; Leroy Gibbs; Veronica Griffith; Gabrielle Springer and Alston Williams, while Grace Wilma Clement; Cheryl Forder; James Gittens; Cobin Hinds and Ryvan Ainsley Humphrey all received the Barbados Service Medal.

The Barbados Bravery Medal went to Dre Shakur Browne, for rescuing a visitor to the island who got into difficulties while swimming off the coast, as well as 15 young men who helped extinguish a fire in their Bayville, St. Michael neighbourhood on September 12 last year. They were Chad Boyce; shacarlo Boyce; Shakeem Boyce; Shamr Boyce; Shaquille Boyce; Kareem Brathwaite; Keshane Bynoe; Kyle Gibson; Jerome Giles; Terry Nurse; Mario Peters; Tio Peters; Traven Sandiford; Tio Warner and Lynden Watson.


Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson were also present at the ceremony.

Source: by David Hinkson

12 Responses to Honourees all

  1. Bajan USA January 11, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Will someone please get our new governor General a styles. Come on Sandra its2018. Dress like it and not like queen Victoria.my God! Yellow?

    • Mark My Word January 11, 2018 at 9:53 am

      Bajan USA I hope you legal
      The New GG is a Lady and dress to suit, not an educated Clown like you without common sense

      • Bajan BIM January 11, 2018 at 2:26 pm

        Those are her own clothes, not purchased from Wall Mart, worn and then taken back after the function with some excuse to get her money back.

  2. Richard Johnston January 11, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Bread and circuses! Pretty soon everybody will get an award

  3. Bajan boy January 11, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Tell disrespectful Freundel that posing bOut now cant help he nor de DLP..

    • Big man January 11, 2018 at 9:49 am

      Bajan Girl it can’t help you neither walking dead

  4. fedup January 11, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Who is dee idiot Bajan Yankee on here dat seemingly wants a 68 yr old woman tuh dress in a tight-ass mini so dat when she sit down (_______) (fill in dee blank). Steupse. Get off of here if yuh doan understand the definition of “proper and appropriate” dressing. Clownbert got me smh.

  5. Adrian HInds January 11, 2018 at 9:19 am

    I love yellow. Bajan women wear yellow very well. Beautiful lady well dressed.

  6. Carlisle Norville January 11, 2018 at 10:35 am

    LOVE Dame Sandra Mason in her yellow, I don’t care what color she wears, she will always be dare to my heart.I am VERY PROUD of her ( she is for REAL)

  7. Helicopter(8P) January 11, 2018 at 10:42 am

    What ever it may be you elaborate mouths seem only to use it in the negative light of smut. How about some positive feedback for your relatives and friends. Could your self grandeur be of any use to persons in difficult situations or in need of food and shelter? What ever position you have in this life is because of someone else allowing you to be who you are. For instance you could receive a passing grade or a failed grade from your professor it’s his determination of course. I’ve known Dame Sandra for years and I do believe you could not have dresses as modern or for the occasion as she did from her teenage days. One of her daily routines is to attire in the most appropriate clothing as a matter of protocol within the British Commonwealth’s and Barbados’ Head of State code of dress! Just remember this lady is not going to work at Burger King or Chefett !

  8. Georgeous January 11, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    I have no problem with the dress, but I would prefer if she would desist from wearing the many earrings. This is not in keeping with the position she now holds. Maybe I am old fashioned but she needs to re-look that element of her dressing.
    Come on Dame you should know better.

  9. luther thorne January 11, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    What does the PM , the GG and the LOO have in common ?
    And what is the message ?


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