Businessman Bjorn Bjerkhamn has come in for special recognition in this country’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.
As the island marks its 50th birthday today, the construction magnate, who migrated to Barbados from Norway with his family at the tender age of six, is among four persons accorded a ‘Silver Crown of Merit’ in this year’s National Independence Honours.
Bjerkhamn, who is the driving force behind the Jada Group of Companies, the Preconco group of companies and Spring Homes Limited, has been credited for the creation of in excess of 1,100 villa rooms and approximately US$1 billion in foreign currency.
Government has also hailed his contribution over the past 40 years to the general infrastructural development of Barbados and to providing affordable housing solutions for Barbadians.
The other ‘Silver Crown of Merit’ awardees are Ainsley Dryden Allder for his contribution to showcasing Barbadian artistes, Barbados, its music, culture and talent in the diaspora; Dr Trevor Hallam Atherley for his highly meritorious service and achievement in the field of medicine and Ulric Erskin Sealy for his contribution to the trade union movement.