An outstanding heart specialist and an international business lawyer of philanthropic repute have been accorded this country’s highest national awards in the 2013 Independence Day Honours. They are Dr Trevor Austin Carmichael, who will now be known as Dr Sir Trevor and Professor Trevor Austin Hassell, to be addressed as Professor Sir Trevor.
The Knighthood being conferred on Sir Trevor Carmichael is for his outstanding contributions to the financial services sector, international business law practice and his several exceptional, philanthropic and voluntary activities.
The other Knighthood awarded Professor Sir Trevor Hassell is being given for his significant contribution to the medical profession, in particular, cardiology.
Dr Sir Trevor pioneered the development of Barbados’ international business sector, domestic and international charities and environmental law. He was one of the parties responsible for establishing a Barbados chapter of the International Fiscal Association of which he is charter president. He is the Barbados country chairman of the International Litigation Committee on Business Law, as well as a former deputy secretary general of the International Bar Association.
His civic involvement encompasses his past role as president of the Barbados National Trust for five years and his current presidency of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society since 1989. He is also the chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh Trust in Barbados and the founder chairman of the Barbados Youth Business Trust; and, for over 20 years, he has been the chairman of the United World Colleges Selection Committee for Barbados.
Professor Sir Trevor on the other hand, was a consultant physician and cardiologist for many years at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He held several senior positions at that institution, including founder and head of the Cardiac Unit, head of the Department of Medicine, and director of Medical Services. He was appointed as an adjunct professor of medicine, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill.
In these positions, Professor Sir Trevor played a leading role in the development of cardiology and general medicine, both at the QEH and nationally, and trained many medical students and young doctors. He was founding president of the then Heart Foundation of Barbados, and has held the positions of vice-president of the World Heart Federation, president of the Inter-American Heart Foundation and president of the Caribbean Cardiac Society.
The new knight continues to render further outstanding service to Barbados and the Caribbean in the response to the epidemic of chronic non-communicable diseases in his capacities as chairman of the National Non-Communicable Diseases Commission, chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Chronic Disease Research Centre and president of the Health Caribbean Coalition –– a regional civil society network aimed at tackling chronic diseases.
These accolades are among 24 announced this year in a wide variety of disciplines that include gender, public service, breast cancer, disability, the arts, education, bodybuilding, development of Crop Over and bravery.
Two people were given the Companion of Honour Of Barbados –– the country’s second highest honour. They are Professor Bishnodat Persaud, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the public service, regionally and and globally, and retired high court judge Peter Williams for his public service contribution to the legal profession and the judiciary.
Those receiving the Gold Crown Of Merit for achievements in science, the arts, literature, sports and civic duties are gender and development activist Professor Eudine Barriteau, public service contributor Keith Franklin, breast cancer awareness champion Dr Shirley Hanoman-Jhagroo, and Grantley Smith, recognized for his long and distinguished public service.
Among the honourees for the Silver Crown Of Merit are acclaimed musician and former director of the Barbados Festival Band, Michael Roett; community worker in the field of disabilities, Clevedon Mayers; and agriculturalist and scientist Dr Elsie Alleyne.
Honours were also conferred on masquerade band designer and leader Gwyneth Squires for her contribution to Crop Over, Anthony Sergeant for his work with the annual Junior Calypso Competition, trade unionist Ulric Denny, former Mr Universe bodybuilder Earl Maynard and actor and educator Dr Marcia Burrowes for her invaluable contribution to cultural development by way of tracing the role played by the Barbados Landship to this island’s intangible heritage.