A total of 157 Jamaicans were today recognised for outstanding contributions to nation building through service in various fields, at the 2012 National Honours and Awards ceremony, on National Heroes Day.
The ceremony was held on the lawns of King’s House, in St Andrew.
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, who presided at the function, presented the awards including Order of Merit; Order of Jamaica; Order of Distinction, Commander and Officer ranks; the Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service; and Badge of Honour for Meritorious, and Long and Faithful Service.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, headed the dignitaries and other guests who attended the function.
Late Jamaican reggae legend, Winston Hubert “Peter Tosh” McIntosh, was the sole recipient of the Order of Merit.
The internationally renowned musician was recognised posthumously for his “seminal contribution to the evolution of Jamaican popular music”.
Late Sports Administrator, Howard Aris, was one of nine Jamaicans conferred with Jamaica’s fifth highest honour, the Order of Jamaica.
He, too, was honoured posthumously for significant contribution to Jamaica’s sports development.
The other awardees in this category were:
*Enid Bennett, for outstanding contribution to politics
*Professor Terrence Forrester, for sterling contribution to medical research and the establishment of medical research facilities in Jamaica
*Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, for outstanding contribution to the development of Jamaican popular music
*Neville “Bunny Wailer” Livingstone, for pioneering contribution to Jamaica’s musical development
*Professor Henry Lowe, for contribution to science, in particular, the field of Nutraceuticals; Ferdinand Mahfood, for philanthropy and the establishment of Food for the Poor;
*The Most Rev. Donald Reece, for service to education and religion
*Derrick Rochester, for service to trade unionism, politics, business, and community service.
Chief of State Protocol, Office of the Prime Minister, Ambassador Elinor Felix, who has done outstanding work in the field of public service, was among the 30 persons conferred with the Order of Distinction, Commander Class.
Thirty-nine persons received the Order of Distinction, in the rank of Officer for their outstanding work in the areas of community development, literacy, religion, aviation, advertising and the promotion of Jamaican culture, promotion of international trade, education, public service, sports development, broadcasting, law enforcement and defence, and the legal profession.
Twenty-three other honourees received the Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service for their contribution to family health services, education, community service, public service, agriculture, religion, and health; while 19 persons received the Badge of Honour for Long and Faithful Service.
A total of 34 uniformed personnel were recognised with the Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service.