Eleven individuals were presented with insignias for their contributions to national development during the Official Investiture Ceremony for the 2016 National Awards, yesterday, at Government House.
This ceremony followed the citations made during Antigua & Barbuda’s 35th Anniversary of Independence celebrations, in which the recipients were recognised before thousands of people at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium on November 1.
One of the honorees, Florita Eva Boston-Kentish, was recognised for her contribution to Agricultural Development and was named a Grand Officer of the Most Illustrious Order of Merit — GOM.
“I am thankful that the people of Antigua would see fit to reward people who give of themselves to the nation. My parents taught me to give of myself always to give, give, give … you can never give enough,” Kentish said after the ceremony yesterday.
Reuben Dubbery also received the same accolade for his contributions, having worked in the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries for over 20 years.
During his tenure, Duberry successfully reclaimed over 491 acres of land for the Crown, which is now valued at EC $500 million.
Joy Lawrence was named an Officer of the Most Precious Order of Princely Heritage — OH for distinguished contribution to Education and Culture.
In an OBSERVER media interview, Lawrence said, “I’ve worked hard over the years documenting our history and culture and I am happy that they have seen it fit to honour me.”
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