Mon | Dec 11, 2017

National awards vox pop

Published:Wednesday | October 11, 2017 | 11:05 PM
Diana McCaulay, chief executive officer of Jamaica Environment Trust.
Dr Audley Betton
John Junor
Ralston Hyman
Paulwell
Olivia 'Babsy' Grange
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On Monday, the nation will be celebrating Heroes Day, and a number of Jamaicans will receive national honours and awards at King's House, St Andrew. They will join the esteemed list of persons who have been honoured in this way over the years. The Gleaner asked a few past honourees, 'what does receiving a national honour mean to you?'

John Junor

The Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander

For service to the legal profession, parliament and the public service (presented in 2015)

"I am humbled by the recognition given to me for services to our nation. There are many who have been at my side, family and friends who encouraged and assisted. I can only hope that others, particularly our young citizens, consider national service in various fields of endeavour as worthy of their enterprise."

Michael Peart

The Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander

For over 20 years of distinguished service to Parliament (presented in 2016)

"It means whoever gets a national award has done something of merit. I feel special to be identified in that group."

Dr Audley Betton

The Order of Distinction in the Rank of Officer

For dedicated service in the field of family medicine (presented in 2015)

"It evoked a lot of introspection. I am a community person and I have been involved in my community for over 41 years. I have received many other awards from churches and other organisations. I am a humble individual but this award has pride of place because it's the highest national award I have received."

Diana McCaulay

The Order of Distinction in the Rank of Officer (OD)

For sterling contribution to the protection of Jamaica's environment (presented in 2016)

"For me, receiving a national award means recognition of, and appreciation for, work that is important to Jamaica."

Ralston Hyman

The Order of Distinction in the Rank of Officer (OD)

For outstanding contribution to journalism (presented in 2015)

"It encourages you to work in the national interest because your efforts are rewarded. It is motivation to ensure one works in the interest of the country."

Fae Ellington

The Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD)

For sterling contribution to communication, media, education and culture (presented in 2015)

"It really means that I am further challenged to do more for as many people and for my country for as long as I am able with the excellence for which I have become known. It means that my journey continues. More is expected from me. Much more. And I am prepared to give it."

Phillip Paulwell

The Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD)

For over 20 years of distinguished service to Parliament (presented in 2015)

"It has been for me a tremendous honour to have received the national award in 2015. I have devoted my life to national service and from the outset. it was clear that there is no other meaningful reward but the acknowledgement from the country that my work was sincere and intended to uplift the people who I serve."

Lambert Brown

The Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD)

For service to the trade union movement (presented in 2007)

"Being the receipt of the Order of Distinction (CD) in 2007 represented for me a sense of acknowledgement of my services to the less fortunate through the trade union movement for several decades. I was humbled by the fact that the nation felt it necessary to honour through me the workers of Jamaica who have allowed me to serve them."

Olivia 'Babsy' Grange

The Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander

For contribution to the Jamaican music industry, cultural development and public service (presented in 2015)

"It is a special privilege to be recognised with a national hour. As the awards are held year after year we continue to see the outstanding work being done by so many Jamaican stalwarts. It is important to be recognised for the efforts that you put in to make Jamaica a better place."Fae Ellington

The Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD)

For sterling contribution to communication, media, education and culture (presented in 2015)

"It really means that I am further challenged to do more for as many people and for my country for as long as I am able with the excellence for which I have become known. It means that my journey continues. More is expected from me. Much more. And I am prepared to give it."

Phillip Paulwell

The Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD)

For over 20 years of distinguished service to Parliament (presented in 2015)

"It has been for me a tremendous honour to have received the national award in 2015. I have devoted my life to national service and from the outset. it was clear that there is no other meaningful reward but the acknowledgement from the country that my work was sincere and intended to uplift the people who I serve."

Lambert Brown

The Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD)

For service to the trade union movement (presented in 2007)

"Being the receipt of the Order of Distinction (CD) in 2007 represented for me a sense of acknowledgement of my services to the less fortunate through the trade union movement for several decades. I was humbled by the fact that the nation felt it necessary to honour through me the workers of Jamaica who have allowed me to serve them."

Olivia 'Babsy' Grange

The Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander

For contribution to the Jamaican music industry, cultural development and public service (presented in 2015)

"It is a special privilege to be recognised with a national hour. As the awards are held year after year we continue to see the outstanding work being done by so many Jamaican stalwarts. It is important to be recognised for the efforts that you put in to make Jamaica a better place."