Some 123 Jamaicans have been selected for national honours. According to the Chancery of the Orders of the Societies of Honour, the appointment of persons to the Orders of Societies of Honour took effect from yesterday, Independence Day. The 123 persons have been conferred with prestigious honours for their contributions in various sectors of society.
Among the list of honourees is reggae music legend, Winston Hubert 'Peter Tosh' McIntosh, who has posthumously been entered into the Order of Merit, in recognition of his seminal contribution to the evolution of popular music.
Late president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, Howard 'Fudge' Aris has been posthumously appointed a Member of the Order of Jamaica in acknowledgement of his outstanding contribution to Jamaica's sports.
Parliamentarians Edmund Bartlett and Roger Clarke have been awarded membership in the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander. Bartlett has been credited for 23 years of distinguished service to Parliament while Clarke has been recognised for his more than 20 years of similar service.
Major General Anthony Bertram Anderson, chief of defence staff, has been awarded membership in the Order of Distinction, Commander Class for distinguished service to the Jamaica Defence Force.
OD for Hickling, Irons
Professor Frederick W Hickling and Dr Aggrey Benjamin Irons have also been awarded with membership in the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander. Hickling has been credited for his contribution to education and research in the field of psychiatry, while Irons has been recognised for service to medicine and, in particular, the field of psychology.
Joy 'Mama Joy' Baker, is among a list of 15 Jamaicans who have been awarded the Order of Distinction, Officer Class for service to the development of inner-city communities and the fostering of children.
Cricketer Tamar Lansford Lambert has been made a Member of the Order of Distinction in the rank of officer for his contribution to cricket and his outstanding leadership as captain of Jamaica's cricket team.
Dr Aggrey Irons
I am very grateful for the thanks and recognition. The thanks goes out to my ancestors coming all the way from slavery, and to my parents and teachers for the discipline they instilled in me.
I feel very honoured that the powers that be have seen it fit, it has been many years of service. I am deeply honoured especially in these times and I am encouraged to continue and do better.
Joy 'Mama Joy' Baker
I feel good because I have worked very hard in the community helping out a lot of children over the years.
James Seivright Moss-Solomon
It's quite good to be receiving such an honour, especially during our 50th anniversary.
I accept this honour with humility and dedicate it to the people of the two constituencies that I have served for the last 27 years in both Houses of Parliament.