It was an evening of dancing and relaxation as Barbadian women converged on the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in their hundreds yesterday to honour some mothers, and for entertainment.
Among the noticeably few men in attendance were former Prime Minister Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford, accompanied by his wife Lady Sandiford, and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart who officiated in handing out awards to women for their work in building the nation, and raising some of Barbados’ outstanding children.
Titled Mum, This One’s For You, the show had women laughing, singing and dancing, taking time out only to render loud applause for the mothers who stepped on stage for their moment of honour. Those women recognized in the category Home Care Worker were National Assistance Board employee, for 33 years, Pamela Perry; and another NAB worker since 1999, Karen Kellman.
In the category Domestic Service Award, the awardee was maid at CBC for 22 years, Marva Collymore. Lifetime Achievement Award went to Brenda Hewitt, cook of Errol Barrow, American presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, actors Sydney Poitier and Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean).
In the category of Awards For Mothers Of Personalities, the recipients were Elmina Joseph, mother of Nation associate editor Ricky Jordan; Monica King, mother of entertainer John King; Vernon White, mother of road tennis champion Julian White; Margaret Yearwood, mother of entertainer Edwin Yearwood; Lorraine Smith, mother of national cricketer Dwayne Smith; Pauline Cadogan, mother of HR manager at Cooperators General Insurance, Cheryl Forde; Haldene Jones, mother of 2007 Gold Cup champion jockey and second placed winner Ricky and Rico Walcott, respectively; Margo Tuach, mother of surfing champion Chelsea Tuach; Violet Ellis, mother of national hockey coach, Ralph Watson; Andrea Greenidge, 2009 National Sports Council awardee Sade Maria Greenidge; Euvie Gill, mother of radio personality Ian Cupid Gill; Estrye Forde mother of national footballer Norman Forde; and Joyann Ifill, mother of Senator Kerryann Ifill.
The Loyal Son Award went to stage producer Dorsie Boyce, and CXC theatre arts examiner Cicely Spencer-Cross was named Loyal Daughter.