As part of the country’s 42nd anniversary of Political Independence, a number of Grenadians were recognised for the outstanding contributions to society, and for their personal achievement.
Governor General, Dame Cecile La Grenade consented to present most of the 2016 national awards at celebrations held at the national sporting stadium at Queen’s Park.
The Companion of the Order of Grenada went to former Governor General, Sir Daniel Williams who is the country’s fourth Head of State.
Sir Daniel was the sitting Governor General when, on December 31st 2007, the National Honours and Awards Act number 32 of 2007 came into effect.
Also receiving the Companion of the Order of Grenada Award is Baroness Rosalind Howells of St. David’s, now a Member of the House of Lords in the United Kingdom.
Grenada’s lone Olympic Gold Medalist, Kirani James has also received the Companion of the Order of Grenada Award.
Former President of the Senate, Dr. Lawrence Joseph received the Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the Nation for his service to Grenada.
Also receiving the Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the Nation were former Editor of the Grenadian Voice newspaper,
Leslie Pierre (deceased) for his contribution to press freedom and investigative journalism, former diplomat, Dr. Lamuel Stanisclaus of Petit Martinique for his long standing service to Grenada and the region, Chancellor and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. George’s University, Dr. Charles Modica for his service to education and the economic development of Grenada, as well as late Broadcaster, Leslie Seon for his services to broadcasting and journalism.
The Order of Grenada Gold Award for Excellence was presented to Founder of the St. John’s Christian Secondary School, Melvin Schaper (deceased), for his contribution to education, former Team Leader of Grenada’s exhibits at Chelsea Flower Show in London, Suzanne Gaywood, Vice-Chancellor of the Cave Hill Campus, Barbados of the University of the West Indies, Professor Eudine Bariteau from Chantimelle, St. Patrick’s for contribution to education, and Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Timothy Antoine.
Receiving the Camerhogne Award were Grenadian Yachtsman, Joel “Jex” Mark, Nurse Veronica Alexis, Formula One Champion in Car Racing, Lewis Hamilton, former Educator and Principal of St. Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School, Creswell Julien who also wrote the National Pledge, and Irva Baptiste-Blackette who wrote the National Anthem.
The Spice Isle Award went to Sportsman Alleyne Francique, Joachim Mark for his contribution to the Grenadian Diaspora in New York, former Teacher at St. Joseph’s Convent, St. George’s, Eleanor Pilgrim, and Music Director Lauren Ramdhanny.
The Medal of Honour went to Acting Commissioner of Police, Winston James for his service to law enforcement in Grenada, Cultural Artist Evelyn Mark, former Educator and Principal of St. George’s Anglican Senior School, Ursulla Antoine, Dr. Lawrence Gibbs for his dedicated contribution to the local health sector, and Police Sergeant Frankie Roberts who recently saved the life of a three-year old child by performing CPR after the infant was pulled from a swimming pool.
Simone LaQua who designed the logo and theme for the 42nd independence celebration was also presented with her prize by Minister of Tourism, Yolande Bain-Horsford.
As a build up to Independence Day, a number of activities were staged, and the various winners were also presented with their awards.
In the sporting discipline awards went to MacDonald College for winning the under-15 Secondary Schools Cricket Competition, St. Paul’s Government School for the male category in the swimming competition, while Happy Hill Roman Catholic Primary School and St. George’s Anglican Primary School were joint winners of the female category.
The Parish of St. George received the award for being the winner of the inter-parish independence volleyball tournament.
In the area of Culture, Rootsman Kelly who won the 2016 Independence Calypso Competition, along with runners-up Sheldon Douglas and Allan G received their prizes.
The Ministry of Labour was judged as the winner of the inter-ministerial independence competition.