Businessman Geoffrey Cave is among three distinguished Barbadians who have received the highest acclaim in this year’s National Independence Honours.
Cave, who has been credited with transforming Cave Shepherd into this island’s leading department store, has been accorded a knighthood for his “outstanding contribution to business”.
“Under his leadership, the firm transformed into a public company and expanded with new retail outlets in Barbados and the region and also diversified into new sectors. His entrepreneurial spirit and sound judgment has resulted in a company that is a broad and diverse operation with interests in retail, financial services and tourism related industries,” said the Government in the official citation accompanying the honour of Knight of St Andrew.
It also pointed out that “Cave has enjoyed a distinguished career in business, serving as Director and Chairman of innumerable private-sector boards in the retail, wholesale, manufacturing, insurance, tourism, telecommunications, financial, offshore sectors in Barbados and the region.”
Queen’s Counsel John Andrew Connell has also been knighted for his outstanding contributions to law and the protection of the environment.
Connell, who became a Justice of Appeal in 2005, and served in this capacity for four years, was also President of the Bar Association in 2006.
“While he acknowledges that he has made a contribution in the area of law, the thing dearest to him is his work in the area of conservation,” his citation said. It also pointed out that Connell served as one of the first Board members of the Parks and Beaches Commission and later a Director and still later the Chairman of the National Conservation Commission which replaced it.
The title Dame of St Andrew has been accorded to Selma Udine Jackman “for her outstanding contribution to the medical profession”.
She was the first Caribbean-born female surgeons to have qualified and worked in the region having gained the majority of her clinical experience in the Caribbean. She has also been singled out for her “team approach to patient care” and her “teaching attributes”.
“She does not make one feel like less than a person for not knowing or not being able to get it done. To the contrary, she reassured her students to learn from their mistakes and to recognize their human limitations. Nonetheless, she never coped very well with untruths, decorated stories or disrespect of any kind. It can be honestly said that her life’s philosophy is grounded in her deep religious convictions.,” according to the official citation.