Governor General Dame Sandra Mason continues to be celebrated following her elevation to the island’s highest office back in January.
Today it was the turn of the Registration Department and other high-ranking officials of the judiciary to honour Dame Sandra during a luncheon at Cin Cin restaurant in St James.
With the vibrant Caribbean Sea as their backdrop, Director of Public Prosecutions Donna Babb-Agard, QC, Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch and Queen’s Counsel Patterson Cheltenham paid glowing tribute to the former appeals court judge during the lighthearted event which was filled with laughter.
Cheltenham told to the gathering, which also included Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson, Registrar of the Supreme Court Barbara Cooke-Alleyne, Solicitor General Jennifer Edwards, QC, as well as several appeals court and High Court judges and magistrates that Dame Sandra “exudes hope”.
In giving a detailed biography of the Governor General’s life, Cheltehham said: “The mosaic which has emerged is richly textured; there is so much from which one may draw. At the core, I see the life of Dame Sandra as the triumph of an individual over adversity in its myriad forms.
“Her achievements must be seen in the context of her times and the suffocating social conventions that prevailed. Her hard work remains a virtue, luck is essential but one must create luck. She exudes hope.”
In her tribute, Babb-Agard described Dame Sandra as a “dynamic and resilient daughter of the soil”.
The DPP said the Governor General’s journey has been marked by many firsts, “not only by dint of your gender, but by exemplifying how far hard work, determination, integrity and passion, for what you love will take you”.
She also revealed that she was an admirer of Dame Sandra for the “grace and poise” with which she has navigated personal challenges and silenced critics “to achieve this well deserved honour”.
Meantime, the Chief Magistrate, in congratulating Dame Sandra, said her achievement signified hope for others in the profession.
“There are some people who see another person’s elevation in terms of loss. Your elevation Ma’am is gain, a gain for all of us. We gain because it is always good to salute those with proven wisdom and someone who is always generous with their advice,” Birch said.
Dame Sandra also addressed the gathering and thanked them for the outpouring of love and support.
“I want to thank all of you for the impact that you, at some stage, have made on my life. I shall treasure all the moments,” she said.