Ten Grenadians have been recognised by HM Queen Elizabeth in her 2014 Birthday Honours List for services and contributions ranging from education to tourism and culture.
Jean Augustine has received the Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her service to Education and Politics. She currently resides in Canada where she has made her contributions. She also served also in its Parliament.
Russel Fielden and Ann Hopkin have been appointed Officers of the Order of the British Empire, for contribution to the Tourism Industry and services to Nursing, respectively.
“I am very surprised, but that is great,” said Fielden who learnt about the appointment through his sister in London. “She just called to tell me, and now you are telling me, I had no idea! I don’t even know who nominated me,” he said. A British national, Fielden first visited Grenada in 1981, but officially began working in the tourism sector in 1985 when he was appointed as the General Manager of Secret Harbour Hotel. He has contributed to the yachting sector continuously through different companies, until he and his wife purchased the True Blue Bay Inn in 1998, and turned it into one of Grenada’s top hotels.
Member of the Order of the British Empire were awarded to Jean Griffiths for services to the Community and the Sickle Cell Association; Vincent Morain for his services to Education and Community Development and Francis Redhead for his contribution towards Culture.
British Empire Medals were awarded to Maureen Charles for her services to the community and the Dorothy Hopkin Centre; Wilfred Harris for Community Service; Peggy Nesfield for Community Service and Christopher Peterkin for his service in the Public Service.
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
- Jean Augustine, For services to Education and Politics
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
- Russel Fielden, For services to the Tourism Industry
- Ann Hopkin, For services to Nursing
Member of the Order of the British Empire
- Jean Griffiths, For services to the community and to the Sickle Cell Association
- Vincent Morain, For services to Education and to community development
- Francis Redhead, For services to Culture
British Empire Medal
- Maureen Charles, For services to the community and to the Dorothy Hopkin Home
- Wilfred Harris, For services to the community
- Peggy Nesfield, For services to the community
- Christopher Peterikn, For public service
The 2014 Birthday Honours are appointments by Queen Elizabeth II to reward and highlight good works by citizens of the Commonwealth realm. The Birthday Honours are awarded as part of the Queen’s Official Birthday celebrations during the month of June, and were announced on yesterday, 14 June in Grenada.
By Linda Straker