Friday, November 16, 2012 – A total of 41 citizens and four institutions were awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Honours on Thursday, November 15, 2012 for their contributions in various sectors.
In addition, eight other outstanding citizens received the Queen’s Birthday Honours for the dedicated service to country.
Prime Minister Honourable Dr Kenny D Anthony, who himself received one of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals, says all the award recipients have contributed selflessly for the benefit of Saint Lucia.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Saint Lucia I congratulate each of you. I thank you for your service to our country and to our people. Without the service you have given, without the sacrifice you have made, without your brilliant and beautiful talent how so ever expressed, without your extraordinary accomplishments, Saint Lucia would not have been the better place that it is today – the recipient of the admiration, the respect and recognition that it enjoys in our region and indeed the world.”
The award recipients at Thursday’s Investiture ceremony span many generations and are a diverse representation of the Saint Lucian society.
While the recipients of the Queen’s Birthday Awards were selected on the advice of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Honours recipients were selected by the island’s Governor General Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy.
Government House will in due time announce the final five recipients of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Honours. In addition, four citizens have opted to travel to Buckingham Palace to receive their medals as part of the Queen’s Birthday Awards.