A publisher, a veteran surveyor and an outstanding fast bowler are this island’s three newest knights.
The announcement was made in this year’s Independence Day Honours list.
Publisher of the Barbados Advocate newspaper Anthony Bryan is to be accorded the title Knight of St Andrew “for his outstanding contribution to publishing, broadcasting and business, including International Business in the area of publishing and broadcasting, presenting a positive, balanced credible view of Barbados”.
Veteran surveyor Warwick Franklin is also to be accorded the title Knight of St Andrew “for his contribution to the land surveying profession and to the land and property valuation profession”, while cricket legend Charles Griffith is being knighted “for his contribution in the area of sport, with special reference to cricket, entrepreneurship, leadership and business development”.
Three distinguished Barbadians have also been awarded the Companion of Honour for distinguished national achievement and merit.
They are retired public servant Avril Gollop, former diplomat Orlando Marville and optometrist Harold Melville.
The Gold Crown of Merit is also to be conferred on former permanent secretary in the Prime Minister’s office Sonja Welch; veteran labour leader Joseph Goddard; music teacher Joy Knight-Lynch and Government minister Stephen Lashley “for his contribution to Culture, Sports and Youth and the planning and execution of CARIFESTA 2017”.
The Silver Crown of Merit is also being given to four distinguished Barbadians. They are John Edward Hutson, for his contribution to medicine and service to the Barbadian community in Edmonton and Alberta, Canada; entertainer John Roett, for his contribution to music and culture; independent Senator John Watson, for his contribution to the development of small business and service to the community and Dr. Victor Stanley Blanchette, who is the medical director at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, for his contribution to the paediatric medicine and Global Child Health.
Christopher Holder is also being honoured for his philanthropic contribution and charitable services to the people of Barbados and Regine Sixt for her outstanding and dedicated service as Barbados’ Honorary Consul General in Germany.
Five people are also down to receive the Barbados Service Star. They are Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth Ruth Blackman, for her contribution to the ministry and CARIFESTA 2017; Gabrielle Springer, for her contribution to the public service and Barbados’ 50th anniversary of Independence celebrations; Leroy Gibbs, for his contribution to mental health nursing and service to the community; Alston Williams, for his contribution to community service, particularly in the area of sports and Veronica Griffith, for her contribution to the labour movement.
The Barbados Service Medal is also to be given to Cheryl Forde for her contribution to special education; Cobin Hinds, for his contribution to teaching and the Barbados and Caribbean Teachers’ Unions; James Gittens, for his contribution to the church and community life; Ryvan Humphrey, for his contribution to community service and the construction industry and Grace Wilma Clement, for her contribution to the labour movement and community service.
This year, the Barbados Bravery Medal is being conferred on 15 young men who assisted with extinguishing a fire at Jessamine Avenue, Bayville, St Michael on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 and to Dré Shakur Browne, for saving the life of a visitor to Barbados, who required resuscitation following a near drowning experience.