“It is a very numbing and humbling experience!”
That was the first reaction of the executive producer of the annual Barbados Gospelfest Adrian Ricardo Agard this morning to news that he was among outstanding Barbadians to be conferred with the Barbados Service Star (BSS) for his contribution to the development of gospel music in Barbados, regionally and internationally.
Agard, 62, told Barbados TODAY it was a “surprise” but added that it showed people were observing your actions whether good or bad.
Agard, the managing director of Things Gospel, a Christian music store, said the award was “comforting”, as he acknowledged that the past 21 years of producing the Barbados Gospelfest were challenging.
“I thank God for the journey which has been an interesting and challenging one. You go through life and you don’t know what you are going to encounter . . . but you engage [people] trying to see change come about,” the national awardee said.
“When people recognize your work, it means something.”
“You do what you have to do. There is still much more work to be done. I pray God would give me the strength to do it,” said the former broadcaster and human resource manager of the former Barbados Rediffusion Service Limited (now Starcom Network Inc.).